Review: Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
KCOM knowledgebase analyst Rebecca Harries reviews Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
It wasn’t in a galaxy far, far away, or even that long ago that Hull welcomed the music of one of the world’s greatest movie composers.
It was on this day in 2017 that Hull City Hull resounded to the sounds of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and many other classic film scores when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra arrived in town to play the music of maestro John Williams.
Starting with a stirring rendition of Williams’ 1978 theme for Superman The Movie before moving down the decades through some of the composer’s best known scores, the concert also found time to pay tribute to some of his less gung-ho works with performances of his scores for Schindler’s List and Warhorse.
Led by the baton-twirling American conductor Robert Ziegler, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra treated a packed house to crowd-pleasing renditions of the themes from Jurassic Park, E.T, Home Alone, the still spine-tingling Jaws and the famous five-note refrain of Close Encounters.
Bringing it bang up to date, the orchestra signed off with a triumphant performance of Rey’s Theme from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, before proving the Force was truly with it with Darth Vader’s Imperial March from George Lucas’s 1977 original space opera.