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This Compelling Candlelight Concert Will Bring Iconic Film Scores To The Stage

Tamsin Salfrais Tamsin Salfrais - Staff Writer

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Arguably, our favourite films would be very different without the musical scores that accompany them. The tinkle of a tune has the power to evoke tears, conjure up fear, and have us running towards the sofa when we hear opening credits. Candlelight: John Williams’ Best Works celebrates a selection of these sensational scores, composed by the brilliant John Williams.

Following an online version of the performance in 2020, this John Williams candlelight concert is back on stage, with the venue for 2021 revealed as the gorgeously grand Manchester Cathedral. Illuminated by the glow of countless candles, the talented String Infusion will perform Williams’ most recognisable pieces – and tickets are available now.

On January 6, expect to hear a medley of melodic masterpieces from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, ET and more. Thanks to the soft flickering candlelight, Manchester Cathedral’s gold gilding and stained glass windows will look even more magical than the movies Williams wrote the music for. With the presence of a live orchestra, it may almost sound as if you’re hearing the mesmerising melodies for the first time.

John Williams’ career spans nearly seven decades, encompassing some of the biggest blockbusters of the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as those listed above, John has worked on the music for Home Alone, theme tunes for 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC News and Seven News (in Australia), and across many other genres of TV and film.

On the evening of the John Williams candlelight show, there will be two 60-minute performances – one at 6pm and another at 8.30pm – making the concert perfect for either pre- or post-dinner entertainment. Tickets are available now.

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