Do you find yourself still humming the music days after watching a great film? It’s almost impossible not to! Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” is sacred for Titanic fans and Timon and Pumbaa’s “Hakuna Matata” plays on in our minds after just one viewing of The Lion King. The Candlelight series is paying homage to the power of iconic soundtracks and film scores with these awe-inspiring classical performances.
You can relive action-packed scenes and tear-jerking moments at intimate tributes to the likes of Hans Zimmer, Joe Hisaishi, and legendary films produced by Warner Bros. Talented musicians are coming to bring breathtaking venues, including Southwark Cathedral and Central Hall Westminster, to life guided by some of the greatest music of all time.
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A Tribute to Ludovico Einaudi
Candlelight invites you to a moving tribute to one of Italy’s most iconic living composers. Ludovico Einaudi is known for his unique style of blending different musical genres like pop, rock and world music to create something new.
You can look forward to hearing “Nuvole Bianche”, “Le Onde”, “Elegy For The Arctic”, and many more performances. You can’t experience Einaudi’s music other than under the gentle glow of candles at St Mary’s Church in Marylebone. The building’s elaborate motifs and wide halls make for the perfect companion to Einaudi’s melodies.
A Tribute to Joe Hisaishi
Anime soundtracks often have emotionally charged music that complements the story and characters. They can be particularly effective at creating a sense of nostalgia and wistfulness. This season, you can relive some iconic anime scenes scored by a frequent collaborator of Studio Ghibli, Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi.
Drawing on elements of classical music and jazz, Hisaishi’s musical scores have an orchestral flow to them, evoking a sense of magic and wonder. Surrounded by a bright sea of candles, you’ll get to listen to themes from Howl’s Moving Castle, Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and many many more.
Hans Zimmer’s Best Works at Central Hall Westminster
This Candlelight concert is bringing the drama of legendary films and tv series to Central Hall Westminster. Get ready to be immersed in Hans Zimmer’s notable works that have been capturing the attention of audiences for decades.
He’s basically composed the soundtracks of our lives and this season, Candlelight is celebrating the noted German-borne composer with a gorgeous tribute performed by Arva Quartet. Having scored over 150 films, movie fans easily recognize the music he composed for the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, and The Lion King.
100 Years of Warner Bros. at Southwark Cathedral
Warner Bros. has been dominating the American film industry for a century now, and it’s time to celebrate some of its greatest productions. The Candlelight series is celebrating 100 years of the famous studio’s films and tv shows with classical performances of some unforgettable soundtracks and film scores.
Transport yourself to the cinematic worlds of The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, The Lord of the Rings, and more inside Southwark Cathedral. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, the historic place of worship will undergo a musical glow, as the talented musicians of Artisti Con Brio take to the stage.
A Tribute to Ennio Morricone at Kenwood House
Celebrating the iconic composer’s works in only one night doesn’t seem quite right, so Candlelight has a second evening planned, dedicated to bringing the Italian master’s music to life. This time around, Morricone’s music will resonate in the open air at Kenwood House. Located on the edge of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House is renowned for its stunning art collection and is surrounded by picturesque gardens.
You’ll be transported to Chicago as Eliott Ness attempts to catch notorious American gangster Al Capone, while listening to “Suite The Untouchables”. You’ll hear “La Dolce Vita Theme” and journey with Marcello Mastroianni through the enchanting and sweet life of Rome. All the while being accompanied by the warm and gentle glow of candlelight.
Candlelight concerts cover a wide range of music genres, including jazz, rock, neo-soul, hip-hop, and classical. This season, the Candlelight series is taking on all of the drama of soundtracks and film scores to bring some of your favorite on-screen moments to life. With two back-to-back performances of each concert on the night, you can find a show that suits your schedule.
Note: For the safety of our audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.