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SOUNDSTAGE FESTIVAL Music and the Moving image: The Sound of Sci-Fi 

Friday 24 – Tuesday 28 March 2017


The Hallé: Great Sci-Fi Movie Themes

Under The Skin with live soundtrack from London Sinfonietta

The Sound of Silents: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

Let’s make a Film Score

Family Screening: Back to the Future

Soundstage Fringe



Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall


Jam Café

The Lofthouse


What would great movies be without their evocative soundtracks? From the heroic blaze of trumpets in the opening titles of Star Wars to the stabbing strings of Hitchcock’s Psycho, composers’ scores can set the scene as vividly as any well-framed shot. 


The SOUNDSTAGE festival weekend from Friday 24 to Tuesday 28 March will give audiences the chance to immerse themselves in the very best of Sci-Fi film music. Highlights include a blockbuster evening from the world renowned Hallé Orchestra, a screening of cult movie Under the Skin with live soundtrack from the London Sinfonietta, an immersive exploration of silent film sound accompaniments including Fritz Lang’s masterpiece Metropolis and the chance for musical families to make and perform a soundtrack to the earliest Sci-Fi movie, Le voyage dans la lune. There’s also some great family entertainment with Back to the Future and some free Soundstage fringe events at Jam Café and The Lofthouse. 


Neil Bennison, Music Programme Manager at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall said: “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to give Nottingham a bit of cinematic and musical magic, wrapped up in a weekend that has something for everyone. A festival like this depends on having strong partnerships with some can-do arts organisations and we’re really indebted to Broadway, the University of Nottingham, and Farmyard Records, for making this happen. It’s also great to involve three orchestras who now regularly visit Nottingham, each of whom will make a unique contribution to the festival buzz. It should be a blast!”


Full details are available at trch.couk/soundstage




Saturday 25 March, 1.30pm

Screen 1, Broadway

Let’s make a Film Score!

Le voyage dans la lune (Georges Méliès 1902)
Join the Nottinghamshire Family Orchestra and create a new score to Georges Méliès’s pioneering silent film under the guidance of composer Richard Davis. You’ll then give a public performance of the score as the live soundtrack to Le voyage dans la lune before the screening of Back to the Future.


The Family Orchestra is FREE to join. It’s open to all, provided that you come with another member of your family. And if you don’t play a musical instrument you can join our Family Choir. For full details and to sign up, visit trch.co.uk/familyorchestra


Saturday 25 March, 2pm

Screen 1, Broadway

Family Matinee

Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis 1985)

Score by Alan Silvestri
Join Marty McFly, as he drives a plutonium-powered DeLorean “time machine” back to 1955, where he has to sort out his teenage mum and dad’s love life in order to return to 1985. Full of thrills and spills, great time-warping gags, and a full-throttle soundtrack by Alan Silvestri, this is family cinema at its breeziest best.


Tickets: £3.70

Box office: 0115 952 6611 | Online: www.broadway.org.uk
Saturday 25 March, 7.30pm

Royal Concert Hall

Great Sci-Fi Movie Themes

The Hallé

Stephen Bell conductor
Journey beyond the final frontier in this spectacular musical journey through time and space. This performance by the world renowned Hallé Orchestra assembles the biggest fleet of blockbuster scores this side of the Milky Way.


Programme includes: John Williams Star Wars Main Titles; Attack of the Clones; The Empire Strikes Back; The Force Awakens | Jerry Goldsmith Star Trek Main Titles | Alan Silvestri Back to the Future | John Barry Moonraker | John Williams ET’s Adventures on Earth | Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey) | John Williams Close Encounters of the Third Kind | J S Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Rollerball) | Michael Giacchino Star Trek (Into Darkness)| James Horner Avatar | David Arnold Independence Day


Tickets: £36.50 – £15.50

Box Office: 0115 989 5555 | Online: www.trch.co.uk


Sunday 26 March, 1pm introductory talk, 2pm screening

Screen 2, Broadway

Scoring the Silents: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis


With a pre-screening talk by Professor Mervyn Cooke, University of Nottingham


With live musical illustrations from composition students at the University of Nottingham


Lang’s 1927 expressionist epic was the first major science-fiction film and the powerful Futurist and Cubist imagery of its dystopian vision – particularly that of the iconic female robot, Hel – still influences filmmakers and designers today. Metropolis has also inspired a wealth of divergent soundtracks, from early electronica in the 1970s to Giorgio Moroder’s star-studded rock soundtrack featuring Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar and Adam Ant.
Professor Mervyn Cooke, a world leading authority on film music, presents this introduction to Lang’s masterpiece and the different responses it has provoked in composers and producers. Two key scenes from the film will also be given new scores by University of Nottingham composition students to show how different scoring treatments can affect the audience’s response.


After Professor Cooke’s introduction, a full screening of the 2010 restoration of the film offers the opportunity to see Metropolis with newly discovered footage and to hear Gottfried Huppertz’s magnificent original score, performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Frank Strobel.
Tickets: £8.40 full

£6.50 conc.

£4.50 under 25


Sunday 26 March, 7pm

Royal Concert Hall

Under the Skin (15)

Film Screening with live score by London Sinfonietta


Jonathan Glazer’s 2014 film Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, impressed critics with its dark and compelling portrayal of an otherworldly predator, for which Mica Levi’s beautiful, elemental and skewed music provided the intoxicating soundtrack. The score earned Levi international fame and a BAFTA nomination.


This performance offers the unique opportunity to experience the movie with Levi’s mesmerising score performed live by the world renowned London Sinfonietta.




Tickets: £20

Go Card (under 26): £5

This performance is supported by Orchestras Live and Arts Council.


Tuesday 28 March, 8.30pm

Café Bar, Broadway

Soundstage Festival Film Quiz


Test your knowledge of film music, sci-fi movies and the latest releases in this post-festival quiz with Broadway’s resident quizmaster Colin Shanks.


Entry fee: £1 per player



Get into the festival spirit with these free late night music events featuring some of Nottinghamshire’s finest terrestrial talent.
Friday 24 March, 9pm – 2pm

Jam Café 

Deli and Deli DJs
An evening of linear and improvisational Jazz fusing influences from across the galaxies, beamed aboard by Deli, arguably Nottinghamshire’s most creative Jazz outfit.


FREE admission


Saturday 25 March, 9.30pm – midnight

The Lofthouse

8MM Orchestra and Three Body Trio (support)
Maths Rock, Space Rock, Fuzz, Distortion and intergalactic melodic sounds from stellar Nottingham 5-piece, 8MM Orchestra. Experimental music that will echo around your universe for months!


Support from Three Body Trio, sailing between orbits, intersecting exploration and meditation. On earth they can be found navigating through deep improvisations, communicating with sound artefacts and searching for remote points of synchronicity.


FREE admission

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