Celebration of movie greats at Leeds music gig

Director Tim Burton.
Director Tim Burton.
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Fans of the silver screen will be treated to music from Tim Burton’s films at a special performance at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Danny Elfman’s ‘Music from the Films of Tim Burton’ will come to the arena in October.

The show, which has already sold out at the Royal Albert Hall, is the only date in the north of England.

Famous film scores will be brought to life on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra, under the baton of John Mauceri, and will be enhanced by visuals on the big screen of Tim Burton’s original film sketches, drawings and story boards.

The show celebrates 30 years of collaboration between the composer and the filmmaker.

Audiences will be treated to scores from Beetlejuice, Batman and Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.

The show will also feature a special performance by four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman, who will make his first public singing performance in 18 years.

Danny said: “I really look forward to revisiting this body of work, which has been such a huge part of my life, and bringing it to the concert stage.

“And the idea of performing some of Jack Skellington’s songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas live for the very first time is immensely exciting.”

Tim Burton said: “I’ve always heard Danny’s scores live during our recording sessions for the films we’ve collaborated on and for others to be able to hear his music live is something special.”

Tickets for the event on Tuesday, October 8, cost £25 from www.firstdirectarena.com, by calling 0844 248 1585 or from the box office in Leeds Town Hall.

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