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Jaws in concert headed to Royal Albert Hall as part of Festival of Film (2017)

Jaws in concert

Story by Jack Foley

JOHN Williams’ iconic score for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws will be played live in its entirety for the first time ever in the UK, as the centrepiece of the Royal Albert Hall’s annual Festival of Film this October (2017).

This special production also includes classic Williams music omitted from the original movie, but now restored in full.

Alongside this film-and-live-orchestra world premiere, the hall will salute three other titans of movie music, with major retrospective concerts celebrating the work of Michael Giacchino, James Newton Howard and James Horner – the latter show was the idea of Hollywood legend, James Cameron, who worked with the composer on Titanic, Avatar and Aliens.

The venue’s second Festival of Film also includes a special Halloween treat: the world premiere orchestral screening of classic 1991 comedy, The Addams Family, plus the usual eclectic selection of themed gigs, family events and talks – including marine biologist Ali Hood giving her insights into Jaws!

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “After the success of last year’s inaugural Festival of Film, we’re delighted to present an even bigger, better programme for 2017. From Jaws to the work of James Horner, a 70-piece orchestra to a silent disco, and MGM musicals to hip-hop for kids, there’s something for everyone.

“Though the Hall’s programme is the most diverse in the country, we’re synonymous with great music, and this groundbreaking festival looks to bring film music centre-stage where it truly belongs.”

Jaws in Concert will reinstate three superb pieces of music written by John Williams for the 1975 film, but ultimately excised from the finished product. These have been restored to the movie with the permission of Spielberg and the composer.

James Horner: A Life in Music is a world premiere, with the Cinematic Sinfonia performing the composer’s greatest music, including Braveheart, Titanic, Glory, Field of Dreams, Avatar and Aliens.

Horner made one of his final public appearances at the Hall for the film-and-live-orchestra debut of Titanic, two months before his untimely death.

The new Michael Giacchino show, celebrating his 50th birthday, will include highlights from Rogue One, Lost, The Incredibles, Star Trek, Inside Out, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and, of course, Up – the instant classic for which he won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Grammy and a Golden Globe.

The festival will also present the world premiere of The Addams Family in Concert, featuring director Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 comedy-fantasy, starring Angelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci.

Other highlights include Comedians Cinema Club bringing their riotous, improv-heavy show back to the Hall’s Elgar Room, James Newton Howard appearing in the regular BAFTA Conservations with Screen Composers strand, film-themed shows in the popular Late Night Jazz and Classical Coffee Mornings, and a soundtrack silent disco in the Loading Bay.

Meanwhile, in I Can See the Future, an exhibition of vintage movie posters investigates sci-fi visions of the future and their links to the music of David Bowie.

Family audiences can enjoy a Storytelling and Music session for babies and toddlers, the Hall’s in-house group, Albert’s Band, giving kids a crash-course in movie music, and the return of the kids’ hip-hop event, Fun DMC, including an AV set from DJ Yoda.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, March 2 at 10am.