If you thought film classics like Titanic, ET and Love Actually could not get any better, you were wrong.
The blockbuster movies are returning to the big screen this Christmas and next year accompanied by a live orchestra.
You’ll need extra tissues this time round because memorable scenes in the hit movies are even more emotional with the orchestra’s accompaniment.
Moments such as ET saying goodbye, Karen discovering her husband was unfaithful in Love Actually and Rose on the door in the sea in Titanic insisting she’ll never let go pack an even bigger punch.
Other films being screened this festive season and in 2020 at various venues across the country, include Brassed Off, Terminator and Matrix.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
There won’t be a dry eye in the theatre when the soundtrack to ET hits.
No human can withstand the film’s ability to make you emotional so don’t even try.
The Steven Spielberg classic from 1982 tells the story of a young boy who makes friends with an alien.
John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score will be performed live by a full symphony orchestra while the film is projected in high definition on the big screen.
Catch it at the Royal Albert Hall, in west London, on 8 December.
You can book tickets here.
Brassed Off Live
If there was ever a film that needed to be screened with a live band this is it.
British classic Brassed Off (1996) is back at the Royal Albert Hall for a one-off showing with live accompaniment by the brass band that inspired the film, and members of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
The comedy-drama, from writer-director Mark Herman, stars Pete Postlethwaite as Danny, the devoted leader of the Grimley Colliery Band, who wants to stand up against the Tories and show they will not be defeated.
There will also be a Q&A with special guests.
It will be screened on 15 April, 2020, and tickets can be purchased here.
Richard Curtis’ perfect Christmas rom-com from 2003 is made even better with an accompanying live orchestra.
Craig Armstrong’s evocative score will be performed in full at arenas across the country, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
The film has become a festive staple for many and watching it with live music adds to the laughs, cries and cheers.
You can book tickets here for the performances that will take place in December.
Composer Brad Fiedel’s signature synthesizer-led score for Terminator (1984) is the stuff of legend.
It will be performed live by The Avex Ensemble in-sync with James Cameron’s groundbreaking cult classic film.
Hearing the music up close will bring new terror to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic Terminator character.
The screening takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on 28 May, 2020.
You can book tickets here.
James Cameron’s Titantic (1997) is another tearjerker.
The live orchestra version of the epic film returns to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020 following sold-out screenings at the venue in 2015 and 2017.
The last moments between Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) are going to be even sadder when James Horner’s timeless score is played live on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Tickets are available here.
A Hollywood Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
If you love Christmas movies you will not want to miss this.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform music from the likes of It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Home Alone, A Nightmare Before Christmas, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall returns from Tuesday 3 to Tuesday 31 December and is presented by film reviewer Mark Kermode.
Tickets can be bought here.
Looking forward to next year
Next year will undoubtedly be the year of superheroes when it comes to live orchestra film performances at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Lord of the Rings (LOTR), Star Wars, Superman and The Matrix are all being screened there in 2020.
We can only imagine how the classic scores from the smash-hit movies will sound up close.
You can expect to be wowed by Howard Shore’s unforgettable LOTR music, John Williams’ iconic Superman and Star Wars soundtracks and Don Davis’ wonderous Matrix score.
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