Composer’s work to be celebrated at Diss concert

Composer Tristram CaryHe composed music for Doctor Who

Composer Tristram CaryHe composed music for Doctor Who - Credit: Archant

The work of a pioneering composer who wrote music for Doctor Who and had a passion for synthesised music is to be celebrated in Diss

A free concert of electronic music will give people a rare chance to hear the work of composer Tristram Cary. Already featured in Diss Museum, Mr Cary's compositions can be heard in St. Mary's Church Hall, at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 9.

His work, Trios, for turntables and VCS3 synth, will be played by Ian Helliwell and Simon James.

Narcissus, for flute and electronics, will be played by Lawrence Casserley and Simon Desorgher.

Mr Cary's son, John, and widow Doris will attend the concert to commemorate the man who wrote music for Doctor Who and many films and lived locally.


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As well as the Diss Museum exhibition, there will also be a display in St Mary's Church Hall during the day, with Fairchilds Tearooms also taking part.

People can also look out for a Dalek invading the church hall as a tribute to the composer's work on Doctor Who.

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Mr Cary composed for the seven episodes of the Doctor Who story The Daleks, which was broadcast in 1963 and 1964 and starred William Hartnell as the first incarnation of the Time Lord.

He wrote the score for the show at his home in Fressingfield, near Diss, and was a pioneer of synthesised music.

As well as the Doctor's first encounter with his exterminating-loving foes, he wrote the music for several other Doctor Who stories in the 1960s and 1970s starring William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.

He also composed the music for the Alec Guinness Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, the movie version of Quatermass and the Pit and the Hammer horror film Blood from the Mummy's Tomb.

He died, aged 82, in 2008.

Diss Museum reopened for the season early this month and has a display featuring Mr Cary's music equipment.

Basil Abbott, manager of Diss Museum, said: 'This is a rare chance to hear the work of this extraordinary composer. It will be quite unlike anything most people have heard before.'

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