ERICH KORNGOLD was an early kind of John Williams: his cinema work has given most of us pleasure at some time, even if we do not all know the name.
He was one of the great composers of the 20th century and wrote music for Captain Blood, The Prince and the Pauper, Of Human Bondage and many other Hollywood movies (a high number ofswashbucklers starring super-buckler Errol Flynn).
The City of London Sinfonia will play his score for Much Ado About Nothing in Shoreditch at Village Underground this month Oct 2014, along with a satirical musical take by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) on Hamlet, which was riskily political in a time that Joseph Stalin was running things in Shostakovich’s home, Russia.
The piece by Korngold (1897-1957) was first performed almost 100 years ago. Theatre director Max Webster and actors Richard Hope and Emma Pallant will help conductor Michael Collins to bring the works to life.
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* The classical-style compositions will be part of The Entertainments, Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch EC2A 3PQ, Tues 21 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (includes a drink ), concessions £1 (early bird)-£7.50. Accessible viewing area for disabled people.
* Main picture: Tube carriages on high tell you you’re nearing EC2A 3PQ and Village Underground.
* Backstory: Fundraiser works for Village Underground
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