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Film: Mr Copland Comes to Town

Thu 21 Jun 11am

Tickets £8.00

Aldeburgh Cinema

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Thursday 21 June 2018 - 11.00am

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Introduced by film director, Barrie Gavin

Produced by Humphrey Burton

This 1964 BBC Arts documentary follows Aaron Copland’s visit to London as guest conductor of the LSO for the premiere of his piece Music for a Great City. Re-imagined from his film score for Something Wild, this absorbing film follows the composer from early rehearsals to the Royal Festival Hall stage, revealing a thoughtful man clearly enjoying his celebrity. With footage of backstage meetings and press lunches intercut with interviews in a speeding open topped car, Barrie Gavin’s film captures a flavour of swinging 60s London as Mr Copland is wined and dined by the arts establishment of the day.


Illustration: Lucinda Rogers