Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Orchestra returns to showcase soundtracks from the movies

THE internationally acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will visit the Hexagon on Saturday with their brand new film music concert, The

THE internationally acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will visit the Hexagon on Saturday with their brand new film music concert, The Very Best Of John Barry, which celebrates the best of the British composer’s well-loved movie soundtracks.

The concert includes recognisable film music including music from the James Bond films. John Barry composed some of the world’s greatest film music and this concert will include recognisable hits from Goldfinger, Dances With Wolves, Midnight Cowboy, Out Of Africa, Born Free, Zulu, The Black Hole, Diamonds Are Forever and many more.

The evening will be conducted by Nic Raine, one of John Barry’s longtime collaborators. Raine worked with John Barry for more than 20 years on many films scores, including two Bond movies, Enigma and on John’s highly acclaimed album The Beyondness Of Things. He has also arranged some of the songs for John Barry’s West End musical Brighton Rock.

The hits will be performed by expert vocalists, Strictly Come Dancing’s Lance Ellington and Olivier Award-nominated Alison Jiear.

Ellington, son of England’s most famous jazz personality, Ray Ellington, is much-loved from BBC Televisions hit series Strictly Come Dancing, is one of the of the UK’s most prominent male vocalists and has worked with many of the world’s leading recording artists including Sting, George Michael, Robbie Williams and Michael Jackson.

Alison Jiear appears regularly in the West End, her credits include Shoes (Sadler’s Wells), On The Town (English National Opera & Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), Grease (Dominion Theatre), Les Misérables (Palace Theatre) and Jerry Springer The Opera (Royal National Theatre) for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for best actress in a musical.

The evening will be presented by Tommy Pearson, one of the UK’s most versatile music broadcasters (BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 4 Television).

Pearson was one of the main voices on BBC Radio 3. He started with the ground-breaking show for young people, Music Machine, and went on to present all the major strands on the network and hundreds of live concerts, including the BBC Proms. He has also appeared regularly on BBC 4 Television. On BBC Radio 4 he has presented the quiz show Full Orchestra, many documentaries, and appears regularly on Front Row and The Film Programme.

Tickets, priced from £16 to £32, are available from the box office by calling 0118 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com

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