Some of the greatest film scores have come from the Western genre. Some pieces are recognisable even to those who are not film buffs, with the main themes of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and Unforgiven (to name a meager few) enduring through the cruel decades where legendary John Ford images of the vast frontier fade from memory.
Today, we find the Western resurgent. Recent films such as True Grit, Dances with Wolves, The Homesman and upcoming films such as The Revenant and The Hateful 8, mark a welcome return for the genre and now a musical celebration of the Western will take place at The Royal Albert Hall next year.
March 11, 2016 will see Ludwig Wicki conduct the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they perform some of the great Western standards from Ennio Morricone, John Barry, Dimitri Tiomkin, Elmer Bernstein and more. For added spectacle, Western Music in Concert will feature scenes from classic Westerns on a big screen as the orchestra plays their scores.
The Royal Albert Hall has played host to similar events in the past, screening films such as Gladiator, Titanic, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Star Wars whilst featuring a live orchestra. Western Music in Concert will be another triumphant celebration of a cornerstone of cinematic history, allowing us to remember moments both iconic and obscure. Tickets are priced from £22.90 to £58.60 and available to purchase here.