Festival film strand

An American in Paris

FRI 24 APR 13.05 - 14.00h

Featuring the music from An American in Paris and Psycho

This FREE lunchtime concert features string quartet arranagements of two of the most famous soundtracks in history: Bernard Hermann’s Psycho and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Performing are two of the UK’s top young string quartets: the multi-award winning Piatti Quartet and Benyounes Quartet.

The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College
Admission free, no booking required


The MozART Group image

FRI 24 APR 16.00 - 16.50h

A unique film screening for all the family in which the music and not the words becomes the source of joy and laughter. Prepare to be amazed and moved to tears (of mirth) by the originality, musical and non-musical skill and the astonishing inventiveness shown in this series of comic sketches by the MozART Group, for whom nothing in classical music is sacred, and yet in which the music seems to emerge as all the more precious and beautiful.

String quartets will never seem the same after you have seen the Dental Ave Maria, the MoZART group’s version ofTitanic and Gypsum Kings.

Film running time: 45 mins approx.
Certificate: U | Suitable for all the family

Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum
Admission free but ticketed


The Ladykillers image

FRI 24 APR 19.45h
Featuring music from The Ladykillers

with cellist Olesya Sablina

Boccherini String Quintet No 5 in E, Op 11 (G 275)
Beethoven String Quartet in Bb major Op 18 No 6
Dvořák Quartet No 10 in Eb major Op 51 'Slavonic'

One of the best-loved British comedies of all time, The Ladykillers features a bungling group of criminals who disguise themselves as musicians rehearsing the famous Minuet from Boccherini’s String Quintet No 5. In this concert you can hear the full piece in all its glory, alongside two great masterpieces: Dvořák’s folk-tune infused ‘Slavonic’ quartet and Beethoven’s exuberant Quartet Op 18, No 6.

Performing is the Wihan Quartet, described as ‘one of the best quartets in the world today’ (International Record Review).

The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College
£10, £5 concessions


Nosferatu image

SAT 25 APR 17.00 - 19.15h
with live musical accompaniment by Quatuor Prima Vista

Join us (if you dare!) for a screening of the legendary silent film Nosferatu, featuring live musical accompaniment from Quatuor Prima Vista. The unique vampire classic from 1922 promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.

Before the screening, you can hear composer and violist Baudime Jam explain how he and his fellow musicians go about bringing the sinister Count Orlok to life, with a talk entitled Making Music for Silent Movies.

Film running time: 94 min approx. | Certifcate: PG

King William Lecture Theatre
King William Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College
£10, £5 concessions


Mishima image

SAT 25 APR 20.15h
Featuring music from the film Mishima

with guitarist Stefan Melovski

Philip Glass Quartet No 3 'Mishima'
Boccherini Guitar Quintet in D major, G 448 'Fandango'
Shostakovich Quartet No 9 in E flat major

American composer Philip Glass has found fame and acclaim as a composer for both the concert hall and the screen. This concert features his spellbinding ‘Mishima’ Quartet, written for the 1985 film based on the life and work of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

The concert also features Boccherini’s Fandango Guitar Quintet, featuring guitarist Stefan Melovski, and Shostakovich’s exhilarating String Quartet No 9, which re-uses the ‘Ophelia’ theme from Shostakovich’s music for the famous 1964 Soviet film of Hamlet.

The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College
£10, £5 concessions

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