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Scott of the Antarctic: Film with Live Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Scott of the Antarctic: Film with Live Orchestra PG

Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams Scott of the Antarctic

Andrew Manze conductor
Thelma Handy violin
Katie Coventry mezzo
Sopranos and Altos from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

“To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield”. The story of Captain Scott’s tragic voyage to the South Pole is one of the greatest of all adventures, and the 1948 film Scott of the Antarctic is a true classic of British cinema, shot in spectacular full-colour. Naturally, they asked Vaughan Williams to write the score and now, in his 150th anniversary year, we get to hear his extraordinary music in full-colour too, as the Orchestra, Choir, soprano soloist and Andrew Manze accompany the film, live in concert. The score later formed the basis of his Sinfonia antartica (Symphony No.7).

'The music remains a marvel, providing the emotional undercurrent that this tale of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition needs. Vaughan Williams may never have visited the end of the earth himself but he understood the terror and majesty of its landscape, channelling it into craggy themes, unsettling dissonances and eerie orchestration…'
The Times
The performance will end at approximately 10.15pm, with one interval during the film.

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  • Sat 15 Oct 7:30pm £50/£42/£36/£29/£19

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