MUSICAL accompaniment has been around since the age of the silent movie but Hollywood blockbusters can live or die on a theme tune.
As part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Pops series, Conductor Carl Davis created a programme which brought together classic and contemporary music from film and TV.
The show was hosted by Liverpool-born screenwriter Heidi Thomas, friend and collaborator of Davis, and she effortlessly tied together the evening with historic fact, amusing anecdotes and endearing commentary.
Resplendent in an electric blue frock coat Davis launched the evening on a high with Prokofiev’s Montague and Capulets from Romeo and Julie - maybe better known as the theme tune for The Apprentice.
With the thunder of drums and French horns and the distinctive deep rhythm of the violins the music was both powerful and stirring.
The music then took on a lighter note with the first live performance of Davis’ The Rainbow while Beethoven’s Allegretto from Symphony No 7 - synonymous with 2010 hit The King’s Speech – brought the tempo back up.
Heidi and Davis’ meeting of minds on the set of TV mini series Cranford was up next with a double header of Amazons and Sophy and Dr Harrison followed by the soulful brass section who perfectly reflected Brassed Off’s Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
The highlight of the first half of the evening however, was saved for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, with the emotion of the piece expertly and beautifully executed by RLPO joint leader’s James Clarke’s bow.
The second half began with a change of pace.
Home grown favourites Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane got the audience‘s toes tapping while James Horner’s Titanic Suite, recognisable by the haunting Celtic tones of the flute, took the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotion and the distinctive music of the James Bond theme and Casino Royale tipped a nod to ‘Scouse 007’ Daniel Craig.
The conclusion to the evening was Liverpool Fantasia – a combination of some of the city’s best loved tunes including Bread, Z Cars and Ferry Cross the Mersey.
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