Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novel Wolf Hall was transformed into a riveting six-part drama by the BBC to huge acclaim in 2015. Accompanying Thomas Cromwell’s machinations and hushed conversations in shadowy palace corners was original music by Debbie Wiseman, performed by members of The Locrian Ensemble of London. The soundtrack CD reached no.1 in the classical charts.
Wiseman has over 200 film and television soundtracks to her name including Wilde, Wolf Hall and, more recently, Dickensian. Consisting of some of the country’s finest musicians, the Locrian Ensemble is at the very top of its game, delivering stunning performances which range from the blisteringly dramatic to the heart-rendingly mournful.
Wiseman and the Ensemble continue to perform concerts nationally with selections from her acclaimed score, alongside extracts from Wolf Hall and its first sequel Bring Up The Bodies.
6th November Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
THE MANY FICTIONS OF WILLIAM BOYD
William Boyd takes to the stage – alone – to talk about his life as a creator of many fictions, beginning with the publication of his first novel, A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA in 1981 and ending with an exclusive reading from his latest book of short stories, THE DREAMS OF BETHANY MELLMOTH – that appears this November.
Boyd has written fifteen novels — published around the world and translated into some three dozen languages – four collections of short stories, the screenplays for seventeen films and television mini-series and three produced plays. That’s a lot of fiction for one man and Boyd relates the stories and struggles that have ensued in this long and lively career.
It should be a creatively intriguing and revelatory encounter – and William Boyd, the real one, will definitely be there.
2nd October at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Well known for such novels as Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, the MaddAddam Trilogy, and the Booker-Prize-winning The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood has been much in the news recently due to the appearance of her international bestseller The Handmaid’s Tale as a television series – some say, just in time for the Age of Trump.
In this one-time London appearance, Margaret Atwood will read from her work; then, in conversation, she will discuss not only her career, but the past, present, and future of her best-known novel and the real world it reflects.
An Evening with George Smiley
Join us for a unique celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers, as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.
From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade in The Night Manager, and the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century.
In this one-off event, the author discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.
Coinciding with the publication date of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, the event will include readings from the book by the author. The novel sees the return of some of le Carré’s most iconic Cold War characters, including George Smiley and his trusted lieutenant, Peter Guillam, as their past comes back to claim them in the present. With a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words.
In support of MSF, the leading emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation, John le Carré is donating his speaker’s fee to the charity.
Scott Alan is an internationally acclaimed songwriter who has worked with some of the brightest stars of theatre, tv, film and recording. Some of those artists include Grammy Award Winning Group Pentatonix, Grammy Award Nominated Artists Jane Monheit, Marc Broussard, Taylor Dayne, Tony Award Winning Artists Sutton Foster, Adriane Lenox, Randy Graff, Frances Ruffle, Lea Salonga, Film and TV stars Tracie Thoms, Patina Miller, Katie Stevens, Danny-Boy Hatchard, Cheyenne Jackson, Megan Hilty, Samantha Barks, Jeremy Jordan and Reality TV Stars Sam Bailey, Collabro, Diane DeGarmo, Christina Marie, RJ Helton among others.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK since its formation in 1946. Its home base since 2004 at London’s Cadogan Hall serves as a springboard for fourteen residencies across the country, often in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain’s national orchestra.
Gareth Malone OBE has helped galvanise the British choral scene through his TV series, concert tours and recordings. Gareth first appeared on TV in the three-part BBC documentary series The Choir in 2006, with students who had never sung before and ultimately taking them to compete in the World Choir Games in China.
Several series of The Choir followed and, in a new direction, Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School For Boys exploring how boys are educated. The Choir: Military Wives saw Gareth undertaking a highly emotional challenge giving a voice to the wives and girlfriends left behind while troops were deployed to Afghanistan resulting in a Christmas number one with Wherever You Are. More recently Gareth was involved in two very different projects commemorating the centenary of World War One: The Big Performance for CBBC and an appearance with the Military Wives Choir for the BBC Proms which formed a part of the Warhorse Prom. 2014 ended with a third No.1 single from Gareth featuring a group of unlikely singers in the All Star Choir for BBC Children in Need.
Most recently, Gareth formed the infamous Invictus Choir made up of wounded ex-armed services personnel to perform the song ‘Flesh and Blood’ at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.
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