James Horner – Hollywood Legend and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra!

RLPO Principal Trombone Simon Cowen preparing for the reopening of the newly refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

RLPO Principal Trombone Simon Cowen preparing for the reopening of the newly refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The RLPO has just performed two concerts to packed audiences for the reopening of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. We played the same programme for both shows, Debussy ‘Iberia’; Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony and the world premiere of ‘Pas de Deux’ by Hollywood composing legend James Horner! Horner really enjoys the ballet and it has inspired him for this work. It was his first foray into classical music for thirty years. James came up through the classical route but has dedicated himself exclusively to film since the 1980s. What an honour then to give the world premiere of this new music!

Hollywood legend James Horner, me and platform manager Alan Scollins backstage immediately after the Tchaikovsky performance, which received a standing ovation.

Hollywood legend James Horner, me and platform manager Alan Scollins backstage immediately after the Tchaikovsky performance, which received a standing ovation.

Amongst James Horner’s incredible output are the scores to Avatar, Deep Impact and Titanic. He is the recipient of two oscars and eight nominations! His Pas de Deux is one of the first major compositions for violin, cello and orchestra since Brahms. It was a joy to see James struggling around Philharmonic Hall with his hard hat on and high visibility jacket during rehearsals.

The Samuelsen Siblings

The Samuelsen Siblings

The soloists are brother and sister duo Mari and Hakan Samuelsen, who are well known to audiences at The Phil.

James Horner pictured by our Titanic plaque at The Phil. The musicians on the fateful liner were recruited from Liverpool and I believe at least four had previously played in the RLPO.

James Horner pictured by our Titanic plaque at The Phil. The musicians on the fateful liner were recruited from Liverpool and I believe at least four had previously played in the RLPO. The plaque is dedicated to the musicians who lost their lives and names them one by one. One more bizarre fact: the musicians in the Titanic Band (who probably never played ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ as the ship went down) were all killed. Afterwards, their families were billed for the cost of their uniforms by Blacks of Liverpool. Boo!

I can see why James acquired his nickname of Horner, as the new work contained only two trumpets but six French Horns!!! All attended the post concert reception, including Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko to celebrate in our splendid new front of house bar and reception area.

RLPO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko with the lovely trombonist and arranger Tilly Tompkins.

RLPO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko with the lovely trombonist and arranger Tilly Tompkins.

REVIEW OF PAS DE DEUX – JAMES HORNER – BY JOE RILEY – LIVERPOOL ECHO

Actually, speaking of TITANIC, I was involved in a mammoth solo trumpet production of an event about the Titanic a couple of years ago. We packed out Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for a week with a site specific production, directed and produced by the one and only Jen Heyes and both the music and the script were by the international award winning Ailis Ni Riain. read all about TREASURED here…

TREASURED

There is also a nice live video of the TREASURED production here…

TREASURED VIDEO

About brendanball

Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.
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