Orchestra to perform Star Wars and Harry Potter music in Aylesbury

Aylesbury Orchestra are busy rehearsing
Aylesbury Orchestra are busy rehearsing

MUSIC from Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings will be performed in a special one-off concert by Aylesbury Orchestra in the new year.

West End theatre conductor John Beswick has been brought in to bring the show together, and also co-ordinate the extra musicians being drafted in to make it happen. Other tunes being performed include music from E.T., The Dambusters and Gone With The Wind.

Mark Warner, leader of the orchestra since 2003, said: “What we normally do is classical ‘standard’ concerts.

“We thought it would be nice to try and attract a different audience, people that might not normally come to one of our shows.

“It is really designed to be a concert that anyone can come to, with a programme of popular music that people are familiar with.

“We will also have it compered by our conductor John Beswick, who is from Berkhamsted.

“We are very lucky to have John who has conducted lots of West End shows. He is great to work with.”

Beswick has conducted shows including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s ‘pop’ opera, The Full Monty and Phantom Of The Opera.

Aylesbury orchestra was formed in 1949 and usually performs three main concerts a year.

The show on February 5 will feature at least 70 musicians.

It takes place at 3.30pm at St Mary’s Church, which can seat an audience of 250 music fans.

The group started rehearsing for the show at the start of November.

Mr Warner says: “So far there has been a very positive reaction to the idea. It is something that people feel a lot more able to attend.

“It is a much more accessible thing to do.”

He admits that getting hold of the music from the films was ‘difficult’, saying: “All the music is quite hard to source, we have the original music for Star Wars and E.T. and they are hard to find. A lot of the time you can only find the one part for the film.

“There are lots of people that have taken the time to arrange a cut down version, but we have the original versions so they will sound really like they do on a CD.” Details at www.aylesburyorchestra.co.uk