The Howard Assembly Room continues to mash up music and cinema in exciting and innovative ways with its ongoing FILMusic series.
A bittersweet cinematic treat for Valentine’s Day is The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (£5) with a live musical prelude. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colour and told through the lilting songs of the great Michel Legrand, this is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
On 17th February Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart returns with another David Lynch collaboration. HEXA, his duo with Australian composer and artist Lawrence English, is an uncompromising sonic response to the legendary director’s dark, atmospheric Factory Photographs, taken amidst the ruins of industry in the USA, Poland, Germany and the UK. Tickets: £10
Icelandic experimentalists múm present the UK premiere of their improvised live score to People on Sunday (Menschen an Sonntag) (3 March) a vivid portrait of pre-war Berlin and its young inhabitants considered a masterpiece of silent film by Directors Billy Wilder, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann, Robert and Curt Siodmak, Rochus Gliese. Tickets: £15
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (8 April) is a swooning love letter to the decadence of Rome. This extraordinary tragicomedy is a must-see on the big screen. The screening is followed on 13th April by The Great Beauty: A Concert with the string section of the Orchestra of Opera North performing a concert of music inspired by the film’s soundtrack. The programme includes John Tavener’s superlative ‘The Protecting Veil’; Summa, ‘Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten’; ‘Festina Lente’ by Arvo Pärt; and William Byrd’s ‘Fantasia a 6’.
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