Roy Budd’s Phantom of the Opera Live

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Created by Naila Scargill

Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

[18.03.19] In the summer of 1993 renowned composer and jazz pianist Roy Budd’s score for Rupert Julian’s classic 1925 silent film, The Phantom of the Opera, was set to be performed in London. Then he had a brain haemorrhage. Nearly a quarter of a century later his widow, Sylvia, fulfilled his dream and Budd’s masterpiece score was performed at the London Coliseum in October 2017, featuring a 77-piece orchestra. The performance received a resoundingly positive response from critics and audience alike.

Today the producers are delighted to announce that another one-off performance of Budd’s masterpiece will be performed at the Barbican on 18 March 2019. It will once again be performed by the Docklands Sinfonia orchestra and led by conductor Spencer Down. Since its formation, the orchestra has enjoyed incredible success with performances at Buckingham Palace for the Queen and with world-renowned classical artists such as Alison Balsom, Leonard Elschenbroich and Elin Manahan Thomas.

Producer Nick Hocart says: “I am excited to work with Spencer Down and Dockland Sinfonia again, and to be presenting Roy’s work in the Barbican where it was due to premiere 25 years ago is history in the making.”

All proceeds from the production will be going to the Rotary Club Foundation UK; specifically, the Purple for Polio initiative. Furthermore, for every pound raised, the Gates Foundation will donate a further two pounds, whilst producers Sylvia Budd and Nick Hocart are waiving production fees and donating their time for this event.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Naila Scargill
About Naila Scargill 252 Articles
Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.

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