The Phantom of the Opera – Roy Budd Score
London Coliseum, London
Seen October 8th, 2017
Reviewed by Jade Prince
After the silent films premiered in 1925, it quickly became the most successful film adaptation of the 1910’s novel, titled The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Saturday October 8th 2017 marked the world premiere of Roy Budd’s score along with the 1925 film. This date was originally scheduled for September 1993 conducted but the man himself at the London Barbican Centre but sadly Budd suddenly passed 5 weeks before this scheduled date. This 2017 premiere was lovingly put together by many helpers lead by Budd’s wife, Sylvia.
I have to say that it was the most beautiful thing I have had the privilege of seeing. It started with a very moving pre-recorded speech from his wife retelling key points for his expanse career including how his love for The Phantom of the Opera grew over his lifetime.
The Docklands Sinfonia Orchestra were beautiful and so was the film. I can see how easily Budd was inspired by it and his score complimented the whole silent film perfectly from start to finish.
I went into this concert loving the musical version created by Andrew Lloyd Webber however I now very much believe that it has great competition. I love things that captivate me during the moment and also play on my mind for the next few days, weeks or even months and this score by Roy Budd has most definitely done this.
Whether you love Phantom of the Opera or are unfamiliar with the story, I urge you too take time out and witness one of Roy Budd’s greatest pieces.
You can now own the score on CD and DVD. Available on www.amazon.co.uk