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Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

14 February, 2013



BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN MAUCERI with Special Guest Performance by DANNY ELFMAN

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: On Monday 7 October 2013, London’s Royal Albert Hall will be hosting an exclusive World Premiere- Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton celebrating the extraordinary collaboration between the acclaimed composer and visionary filmmaker.

This live concert features Danny Elfman’s famous Tim Burton film scores brought to life on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra, whilst being enhanced by visuals on a big screen from Burton’s original production artwork, sketches and drawings. With a range of films from a fascinating back catalogue of classics such as Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland, this concert explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling and the process and importance that this has in filmmaking.

Loved by audiences and critics alike, these films have stood the test of time and now, for the first time, are to be celebrated in a highly unique and musical way. Conducted by John Mauceri and with an exclusive special guest performance by four-time Oscar-nominee Danny Elfman, (making his first public singing performance in 18 years), this promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.

"I've always heard Danny's scores performed live during our recording sessions for the films we've collaborated on,” says Tim Burton,  “for others to finally be able to hear his music live, at such a historic venue as the Royal Albert Hall, is really something special."

Danny Elfman adds, “I really look forward to revisiting this body of work which has been such a huge part of my life and bringing it to the concert stage. And the idea of performing some of Jack Skellington's songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas live for the very first time is immensely exciting.”

Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “Throughout his career and particularly in his many collaborations with Tim Burton for more than 25 years, Danny Elfman has created magical compositions which have brilliantly complemented the stories audiences have enjoyed.  The Royal Albert Hall has unquestionably become the destination for a variety of film related projects involving live orchestra and it is a genuine honour for us to be able to welcome Danny Elfman for this World Premiere performance of his incredible music accompanied by visuals from Tim Burton’s extraordinary sketches and storyboards.”

This event is part of the Royal Albert Hall’s series in celebrating classic films with live orchestra. Over 50,000 people have now enjoyed sold out performances at the Hall of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Matrix, the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story, Disney’s Fantasia and the upcoming world premiere of Singin’ in the Rain on March 8 and 9th. The Hall looks to provide memorable visitor experiences for all and, as a charity, these own-promoted events form a part of its extensive public benefit remit.

Listings information:
Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
Monday 7 October 2013 at 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Tickets £15 - £75 (booking fees apply)
Box Office 020 7589 8212 
Tickets on sale Thursday 14th February at 9am from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office
For further information, please contact: Sean Carrigan, Media Partnerships Executive, Royal Albert Tel: 020 7959 0531
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.

Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.

The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state-of-the-art small-scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. In the main auditorium, it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative that encourages up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences to visit the Hall. It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music For Youth through its Education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants each year as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It has also been appointed by the Arts Council as one of the country’s regional music education hubs.

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Registered charity number: 254543

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