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Monday  18th March 2019 , 7:30pm

Roy Budd's Phantom of the Opera | Barbican

Phantom

Never performed during the composer’s lifetime, Roy Budd’s masterful score to the 1925 silent classic Phantom of the Opera is played live alongside the film by the 72-piece Docklands Sinfonia.

Roy Budd had loved Phantom since he was a child. The self-taught pianist and prodigious composer – best known for his thrilling score to Get Carter – had always dreamed of writing music for the iconic film. And in 1993, he did just that, completing his monumental, romantic, anguished score. But tragically, just weeks before the composition’s scheduled premiere at the Barbican, Roy Budd died from a brain haemorrhage, and the performance was cancelled.

Now, the score finally receives its Barbican performance, as the Docklands Sinfonia give the score its second ever outing. This is thanks to Budd’s widow, Sylvia, whose efforts to stage the live film and music experience led to its premiere at the London Coliseum in 2017. 

Tickets, costing from £29, are available from The Barbican Box office