Legendary film critic Barry Norman is teaming up with composer Carl Davis and the Philharmonia Orchestra to host an evening of Oscar-winning orchestral music.
The concert takes place at the London’s Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 1 June 2013 and will feature music from a number of award-winning soundtracks, including Lawrence of Arabia, ET, The King’s Speech and Titanic.
Norman will compere the evening, introducing the twenty-plus different pieces being performed, and guiding the audience through the music.
He’ll be joined by Carl Davis, a BAFTA-winning composer and conductor whose work includes scores to films such as The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), and BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, Upstairs Downstairs and World at War.
David Whelton, Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra: “We are tremendously excited to be working with a national treasure such as Barry Norman – his addition will add an extra element to what will be a memorable event.
“Equally, we are thrilled to be working with Carl Davis once again, whose career has been defined by his work in this field. He has led the drive in this country for the great film music to be performed by the world’s great orchestras.”
Carl Davis added: “Every year since 1932 there have been three Oscars for music – original score, adaptation, song – and this provides a wealth of material around which to frame a concert.
“It’s possible to do ten ‘Oscar night’ concerts without repeating any material. The music runs the full gamut of genres – symphonic, jazz, westerns, sci-fi – all of which had their part to play within the films themselves. Our soloist for this concert, Heather Shipp, is a remarkable talent harking from the world of opera, but delighted to cross over.
Booking details: Saturday 1 June 2013, 7.30pm; Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Tickets: £9-48; Box office: 0800 652 6717/philharmonia.co.uk