Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins has chosen Birmingham’s Symphony Hall as the location for the premiere of some of his most stirring musical compositions.
The Hollywood star is revered worldwide for his performances in films such as Silence of the Lambs, Shadowlands and Nixon.
But his talent as an accomplished composer is less well known.
Now that could all change as the Welsh performer has asked the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to perform several of his most acclaimed original scores, including music from his own films August and Slipstream, plus a brand new piece written specifically for the orchestra.
During the concert, he will be on-stage talking about his music with concert producer Tommy Pearson.
Sir Anthony said: “I am immensely happy to be working with the CBSO to bring my compositions to the UK for the first time.
“There are themes and passages in these pieces that have been several decades in the making, and to bring them all vividly to life with one of the great symphony orchestras of the world is absolutely thrilling.”
The CBSO, conducted by Michael Seal, will also play music from some of the actor’s best-known movies, including Shadowlands (music by George Fenton), Remains of the Day (music by Richard Robbins) and Silence of the Lambs (music by Howard Shore).
The concert on July 23 will be the highlight of the CBSO’s unique Film Music Festival, which runs at Symphony Hall from July 19-23.
Chief Executive of the CBSO Stephen Maddock said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sir Anthony Hopkins, one of the world’s greatest living screen actors, is featuring so prominently in our festival. It will be a unique experience for Birmingham and for the orchestra.
“There is nothing quite like this festival in the UK, which brings together screen legends, blockbuster soundtracks and one of the world’s leading orchestras.”
Concert producer Tommy Pearson said: “It will be a huge honour to introduce Sir Anthony Hopkins onto the UK stage for these concerts. We all know his work in movies, of course, but Tony is also a fine composer and I know his music means a lot to him personally. We’re all looking forward to discovering a new dimension to a world-famous legend.”
Tickets for the CBSO Film Music Festival go on sale on February 28. See www.cbso.co.uk/filmfestival or call 0121 780 3333.