Legendary “Get Carter” composer, Roy Budd’s lost score for Rupert Julian’s silent classic, The Phantom of the Opera, will finally receive its world premiere at the London Coliseum, 24 years after his untimely death in 1993.
On October 8th 2017, Budd’s masterpiece score will be performed by the 77 piece Docklands Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Spencer Down, alongside a screening of the silent film in a world premiere event.
British jazz musician and composer Roy Budd, is best known for the film scores of Get Carter and The Wild Geese, but in 1989 Budd acquired the only surviving original 35mm reel of Rupert Julian’s silent 1925 film, The Phantom of the Opera, and lovingly restored it to its former glory before composing his own score to the film, a sweeping romantic symphony. Phantom is the sound of Budd blossoming from jazz virtuoso to classical maestro.
In 1993, with five weeks to go before a London premiere at the Barbican (in partnership with UNICEF), Budd suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage and passed away at just 46 years of age. The concert was cancelled and Budd’s widow Sylvia was asked to foot the bill. Sylvia has fought for 24 years to give the score the public airing it deserves.
Phantom of the Opera is arguably Budd’s greatest achievement: a grand soundtrack for full orchestra with several themes and leitmotifs that pay tribute to the great composers of the concert hall and screen, while at the same time unmistakably the work of its inspired creator.
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