UWE Screen Music Spectacular

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Date: 08 December 2012
Venue: Colston Hall, Bristol
Time: 19:30-21:30

Cameras are rolling for the UWE Orchestra and Singers when they will perform magnificent screen classics from film and television. Composer John Williams has a starring role in the line-up and the orchestra will perform two of his major works during the evening - the heroic theme from the blockbuster movie Star Wars in its original orchestration and Liberation: Exsultate Justi from the biographical prisoner of war film epic Empire of the Sun.

The war theme continues with Walton's patriotic Spitfire Prelude and Fugue and Ron Goodwin's famous 633 Squadron, the theme to the 1964 World War II film of the same name.

Italian composer Ennio Morricone has written music for over 500 movies in a long career of over 50 years. On the programme for the evening is the beautifully wistful Gabriel's Oboe from the soundtrack to the film The Mission about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America and the evocatively scored Cinema Paradiso for piano and strings, from the Oscar winning 'Best Foreign Film of 1988 – considered to be one of the best films to come from Italy since the days of Fellini'.

First in the frame will be O Fortuna from Carl Orff's cantata Carmina Burana. This choral piece was popularised by TV's famous 1980s advert together with the immortal words 'Old Spice, the classic fragrance – the mark of a man!'.

Later in the evening the tenor and basses of the UWE Singers will perform the Latin hymn of prayer, Non Nobis Domine from the star-studded 1989 film Henry V, by Scottish composer Patrick Doyle who regularly works with actor/director Kenneth Branagh and has written film scores for such acclaimed films as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park.

The female voices of the choir will perform Adiemus by Karl Jenkins, famously recognised for playing out the end credits of the film Avatar, before combining with the male voices for two dramatic works from grand opera – the impressive Grand March from Aida and the beautiful Easter Hymn from the one-act opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. The Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner's Die Walkure completes the trio of opera excerpts, all of which are from operas that over the decades have been brought to the screen.

Be first on the red carpet and book now for your premier seats ..... but remember it's strictly no popcorn!

Student ticket offer – Apply for complimentary tickets to the show

Cost: £15/13c, £12/10c, £10/8c, acc. school-age FREE.
Contact: Vicki Jones
Telephone: +44 (0)117 328 2067
E-mail: cpa@uwe.ac.uk

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