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Nature on Film: Early 20th Century Documentaries with Live Soundtracks

Wednesday 21 February 2024, 8.00pm

RNCM Concert Hall

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As we reflect on climate change and the natural world through this year’s theme, The Future is Green, we’re exploring unique opportunities to place the planet at the centre of our music-making.

Enjoy live screenings of early cinema’s most enduring nature films as our students compose and perform brand new works to accompany them. From mesmerizing time-lapse photography to ‘talkies’ that narrate stories about nature’s life cycles, this fascinating evening fuses students’ musical responses to the stories of nature that unfold before them.

Jean Painlevé The Seahorse (1934)
Manon McCoy composer, harp, electronics
Lili Holland-Fricke cello

F Percy Smith The Strength and Agility of Insects (1911)
Isla Jasmine Blake composer
Felicity Cliffe conductor

F Percy Smith The Birth of a Flower (1910)
Patrick Gorry composer
Alec Frank-Gemmill conductor

Jean Painlevé Hyas and Stenorhynchus (1929)

F Percy Smith Floral Co-operative Societies (1927)
Joe Hunt composer
Harry Lai conductor

Jacelyn Lau, Richard Dunne violins
Emma Farnsworth viola
Finley Spathaky cello
Cathy Wang flute, piccolo
Will Bird trumpet
Matthew Hodson saxophone
Dominic Downs piano

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£5 (Under 26s and Students) + £1 Booking Fee
£10 + £1 Booking Fee

This event will end at approximately 9.15pm.

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Wednesday 21 February 2024, 8.00pm - Tickets from £6