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Silent Opera

15 October 2017, 12:30 - 15:15


Study Event

Thumbnail of Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

St Hilda's College,

In preparation for the evening's Rosenkavalier screening, Matthew Sweet, author and presenter of BBC Radio 3's 'Sound of Cinema', leads a discussion about the history of music in silent films, as well as a more specific look at this opera/film.

12.30pm - Matthew Sweet will be joined by conductor Thomas Kemp, with players from OAE and their Chief Executive Crispin Woodhead, for an exploration of the performance of this rare score.

1.30pm - A light lunch can be booked in advance (£7)

2.15pm - 3.15pm - In conversation with leading silent film musician Neil Brand - 'the doyen of silent film accompanists' - Matthew Sweet takes a wider look at the role of music in early cinema.

Tea and coffee will be available afterwards for those staying on to hear My Dearest Hedgehog.

Artist Portrait

Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet


Matthew Sweet is a writer and broadcaster with a doctorate in Wilkie Collins from Oxford University. He is a regular presenter of Free Thinking. Matthew Sweet is the author of Inventing the Victorians, Shepperton Babylon and The West End Front. He is a columnist for Art Quarterly and Newsweek; he also presents Sound of Cinema on BBC Radio 3 and The Philosopher’s Arms on BBC Radio 4. He was series consultant on the Showtime drama Penny Dreadful and played a moth from the planet Vortis in An Adventure in Space and Time on BBC2. Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Thomas Kemp

Thomas Kemp


Thomas Kemp is a highly acclaimed musician and one of the most versatile and eclectic conductors of his generation, acclaimed for his innovative programming and passionate advocacy in concerts, opera, ballet and as an award winning recording artist. The Guardian recently commented “…an extraordinary performance…with a fluency that came over brilliantly under the baton of Thomas Kemp.” Thomas is the Music Director of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Chamber Domaine, which is at the forefront of ensembles foc... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


Three decades ago, a group of inquisitive London musicians took a long hard look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Too restricting. Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born. And as this distinctive ensemble playing on period-specific instruments began to get a foothold, it made a promise to itself. It vowe... Read Full Biography
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Neil Brand

Neil Brand

Silent-film accompanist

Neil Brand has been a silent film accompanist for over 30 years, regularly in London at the Barbican and BFI National Film Theatres, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world, including Australia, New Zealand (three times), America, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and, in Italy, the Bologna, Aosta, Bergamo and Pordenone festivals where he has inaugurated the School of Music and Image to teach up- and-coming young pianists about silent film accompaniment. Training originally ... Read Full Biography

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General Admission £8.00
Lunch Ticket
General Admission
Under 35s Ticket

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