• 1943
    • Started work at the BBC as a sound engineer
  • 1957
    • Opened Radiophonic Workshop
  • 1960s
    • Invented Oramics, developing a system to convert pictures into sounds
  • 2003
    • Passed away, work passed onto Hugh Davies
  • 2005
    • Hugh Davies’ death
  • 2007
    • Goldsmiths announced acquisition of the Daphne Oram collection
    • Goldsmiths working towards bringing collection into academic community


Monday 23 July will see the World Premiere of the final score for Daphne Oram’s 1948 composition Still Point for double orchestra, live electronics and turntables at the BBC Proms in London, realised by Shiva Feshareki and James Bulley alongside the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Still Point will form the centre piece for Prom 13 at the Royal Albert Hall, amongst an incredible programme of pioneering composers. The concert will see the culmination of years of research by Feshareki and Bulley, and as Oram thought up the ideas for it while working for the BBC at the Royal Albert Hall and at Maida Vale during World War Two, it is an incredibly fitting scenario.

There’s more information here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ebzcd4 and here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44805745
You can find an article written by the BBC about Oram’s work here: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170522-daphne-oram-pioneered-electronic-music

Tickets for Prom 13 are available from the RAH website (see tickets for BBC Prom 13 Pioneers of Sound) here: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/proms/bbc-proms-2018/prom-13-pioneers-of-sound/

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and two days later on television on BBC4.

The full lineup has just been announced, and it an astonishing programme of acoustic and electronic music:

MONDAY 23 JULY 10.15pm–c11.30pm

Delia Derbyshire – The Delian Mode (first performance at the Proms)

CHAINES – Knockturning (world premiere)

Laurie Spiegel – Only Night Thoughts (world premiere)

Suzanne Ciani – Improvisation on Four Sequences from 1975 (live on Buchla 200e)

Daphne Oram – Still Point (world premiere of new realisation by Shiva Feshareki and James Bulley)

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