London Symphony to Premiere Live at the Barbican on 3rd September
After a successful launch at Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Symphony is to be released in cinemas and as a series of live events from the 3rd September
LONDON SYMPHONY is a brand new city symphony directed by Alex Barrett which fuses silent film and classical music to create a poetic journey through the capital, and a celebration of its rich diversity of culture, architecture and religion. Thanks to support from Arts Council England, we are taking the wonderful Covent Garden Sinfonia into three of the diverse communities that inspired it to perform James McWilliam's accompanying composition alongside the film.
With no dialogue or characters, it's a celebration of all the things that make our capital great through image and music alone. Sight and Sound have called it "a seductive parade of striking images", CineVue say it's "a loving ode to the heart of the United Kingdom".
The music has been specially composed by James McWilliam (who is now in the process of composing the music for the forthcoming film Close staring Noomi Rapace) and will be performed by a 9–piece ensemble from the Covent Garden Sinfonia (CGS, formerly the Orchestra of St Paul's), and their conductor Ben Palmer. The CGS are resident at the famous Actor's Church, St Paul's in Covent Garden, and regularly perform at many of London's leading concert halls.
The project's release strategy has been devised by Disobedient to take the work into the heart of the communities that inspired it, including the world-renowned home of silent cinema in London, the Barbican Centre, the iconic brutalist Alexandra & Ainsworth Housing Estate, and the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Wimbledon. Performances at all three events will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Barrett, McWilliam, Palmer and a local history expert unique to each venue, chaired by Disobedient's Creative Director Katharine Round.
Ticket information is below:
Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate,17th September: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-symphony-at-the-alexandra-ainsworth-estate-tickets-36682310779
Shree Ghanapathy Temple, 28th October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-symphony-with-live-performance-by-the-covent-garden-sinfonia-tickets-36650357205
In addition, the film is screening in cinemas across the country, including the Rio Cinema (9th Sept), Regent Street Cinema(14th Sept), Depot Cinema Lewes (3-7th Sept), The Cube Bristol (18th & 20th Sept), Filmhouse Edinburgh and HOME Manchester. For a full list of dates and venues, click here