The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frank Strobel, celebrates the 60th Birthday of film composer Patrick Doyle on Sunday 1 December at the Barbican, in a concert featuring a diverse selection of his great film scores, introduced by Patrick Doyle, and featuring actors Derek Jacobi and Emma Thompson.
Music from the scores of Hamlet, Henry V, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Eragon and Rise of the Planet of the Apes are all included in a packed programme which also features the world premiere of music from Doyle's brand new score to Kenneth Branagh's forthcoming action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The concert will be prefaced by a free talk with Doyle and LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies.
Patrick Doyle said: "I am delighted to be celebrating my 60th birthday with the LSO, my orchestra of choice for film scores. They have a long tradition of bringing film scores to life with total commitment and bring sparkle and freshness to each one."
The LSO and Patrick Doyle first worked together on the score for Man to Man in 2004. This sparked a continuing, fruitful relationship with further scores including Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, As You Like It, Wah Wah, Sleuth, Thor and Brave. The latest Doyle/LSO collaboration is Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, due for release in December 2013.
The LSO boasts a reputation as the world's pre-eminent film orchestra. It was the first symphony orchestra ever to record a film soundtrack, with Sir Arthur Bliss's score for Things to Come in 1935 and has recorded landmark soundtracks such as Henry V (William Walton, 1944), and Star Wars (John Williams, 1977). Recent film scores include Disney-Pixar's Brave, Kathryn Bigelow's latest, the critically-acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty, Stephen Frears' Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Marvel's Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh as well as four Harry Potter films, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Ides of March.
As well as celebrating Patrick Doyle with this starry night at the Barbican, the LSO will give four live performances of the soundtrack to highly-acclaimed silent film The Artist on 30 and 31 December, in what will be the UK premiere of the live concert version. The multi-award-winning film is dramatically brought to life on stage with the LSO, conducted by Ernst van Tiel, playing the soundtrack to a high-definition screening of the film. The music received a BAFTA for Best Original Score, Golden Globe for Best Musical Score and Academy Award for Best Original Score. The composer, Ludovic Bource, will appear at the piano at these performances which mark the first time since the millennium that the Royal Albert Hall has opened its doors for end-of-year concerts, the period between Christmas and New Year usually being 'dark' for the venue.
Sun 1 Dec 2013, 7.30pm, Barbican Hall, London
LSO On Film: Celebrating The Music of Patrick Doyle
Frank Strobel conductor
Derek Jacobi narrator
Emma Thompson narrator
London Symphony Orchestra
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6pm Free pre-concert talk with Patrick Doyle & LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies
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Mon 30 & Tue 31 Dec 2013, 3pm & 7pm, Royal Albert Hall, London
The Artist: Live in Concert
Ernst Van Tiel conductor
Ludovic Bource piano
London Symphony Orchestra
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