Roy Budd’s music for the silent film The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its world premiere at the London Coliseum on the 8th of October and has received outstanding praise from audiences and critics alike. Here is just a small selection of the rave reviews.
“To call this screening a triumph is an understatement. It was the perfect combination of venue, live music and an iconic film that’s still surprisingly freaky nearly a century after it was made.” ShadowsOnTheWeb.Blogspot
“Lon Chaney’s performance as the Phantom, with the unmasking of his monstrous features, still stands the test of time, especially when accompanied by Budd’s visceral music. Docklands Sinfonia delivered a memorable and taut rendition of this piece. Combining a glorious concert of a nuanced score with the screening of a sensational movie classic could work well in other venues.” TrafficLightTheaterGoer.Blogspot
“The spirit of the late composer Roy Budd was present in the London Coliseum on Sunday night as the premiere originally set for September 1993 finally took place to a full house and a standing ovation. The 77-piece Dockland’s Sinfonia under conductor Spencer Down let every note and instrument speak without dominating the film. Music and image were in perfect harmony – as Budd intended.” MatureTimes.co.uk
“Budd’s score finally got its world premiere at a screening of the silent horror movie at the London Coliseum on the 8 October. Spencer Down and the Docklands Sinfonia Orchestra gave an eye-opening performance, with meticulous and spellbinding timing that will make you wonder why all cinemas don’t have the same set up. The London Coliseum was a beautifully fitting venue for Budd’s long awaited premiere.” CultureFly.co.uk
“The evening was a great success, as I was leaving I spoke to many of the audience, all of which were thrilled and so pleased that they had been privileged enough to be there to witness this magnificent and brilliant work.” John Mansell
“It was Budd’s score which was the star. Played with perfect timing and huge energy by the Docklands Sinfonia, it swept us through the story on an emotional rollercoaster which deepened our response to this simple and rather unsettling story immeasurably. Such is the thrill of Budd’s score that two little children next to me, no more than ten years old, were engaged and entranced by this old silent movie throughout, just as everyone in the house. No wonder we all rose at the end almost in unison for a prolonged standing ovation.” John Farndon
(Photographs by Rik Young)
The music will be performed by the 77 piece Docklands Sinfonia, conducted by Spencer Down.
Please visit this link to book tickets for the performance, which is scheduled to start at 5pm: London Coliseum
The unreleased score by Roy Budd, now available on Amazon
Mishka Productions has worked for over 20 years to get this last beautiful score from Roy Budd finally released, and are proud to present his creation to fans of both Roy’s work and of the classic silent film The Phantom of the Opera.
Since Roy’s death, many composers have written their own scores for The Phantom of the Opera. Roy’s was the first symphonic score to ever be written for this film, but due to circumstances unfortunately not the first to be released. Let them all pass the test of time.
For recent press and reviews visit the Roy Budd press page.
Review by John Williams, Music for the Movies
“The Phantom of the Opera was more than just another assignment for Roy, he had read stories about the Lon Chaney film whilst collecting famous monster magazines as a young boy, and had created an emotional bonding with the film. From then on his ambition was to write a score for the film. In 1989 he came across a film collector who had an original print, this he bought and lovingly restored to it’s full glory, using an experimental two colour process and original tints of the films original release.
From the opening organ theme, the listener can tell that Roy’s ambition to write the masterpiece for this film has been realised. His ‘Phantom’ theme is heard over the short opening credits, and it undergoes many changes throughout, agitated during the chase sequences and overtly romantic as the Phantom craves for the love of his life, his obsession, Christine. Listen also for the superb ballet music written for the establishing shots within the Paris Opera; luminous and enchanting it is a delight for the ear. The music is always cleanly presented, and never over-orchestrated, these beautiful melodies convey strong emotions. So Roy’s atmospheric and imposing score can always be heard in an unfettered way.
This was Roy Budd’s last score, he died five weeks before the world premiere of the works at the Barbican in London. Listen and remember that this is indeed his greatest achievement, written with compassion and nobility. This release is a fine tribute to a master composer at the height of his creativity.”
The DVD also includes unique extra’s, with an exclusive interview from esteemed film director Mike Hodges, director and writer of the cult-classic Get Carter, for which Roy Budd composed the iconic score. In the interview Mike Hodges discusses the making of Get Carter, and how he took the film from book to screen. Also included is rare footage of Roy Budd playing with the Roy Budd Trio at the 1983 Bob Hope Gala in London.
Also now available for purchase is the limited collectors edition of the soundtrack as a CD release. The CD booklet also includes exclusive photos of Roy conducting and editing the music for The Phantom of the Opera.
“The original Phantom film has been waiting 70 years for the masterpiece score it has always really deserved. Roy Budd has provided such a masterpiece”, quote from Music For The Movies, 1993.
“Roy’s score for The Phantom is exceptional. It enhances the pantomime of the original classic of Lon Chaney no end. I’m sure Chaney himself would be very pleased”, quote from Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects Creator, Writer and Producer, 1994 (Roy Budd composed the score for ‘Sinbad and The Eye of the Tiger’, a Ray Harryhausen film).
How to Purchase
You can purchase the limited collectors edition of the DVD release from Mishka Productions via Amazon here: www.amazon.co.uk/The-Phantom-Opera-Budd-DVD
The CD release of the score, as a limited collectors edition, can be purchased from Mishka Productions via Amazon here: www.amazon.co.uk/The-Phantom-Opera-Budd-CD
Both the DVD and CD are available for UK and International delivery.