Alison Lowery

Love Actually in Concert – A Review

No one can deny that Love Actually is a classic Christmas film watched and loved by so many. It holds a special place in the heart of many British people. Directed by Richard Curtis, Love Actually interweaves nine different storylines about love at Christmas. Boasting an all-star cast of Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightly, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and Martin Freeman.

It was the perfect film choice to get people in the mood for Christmas, and the film was only enhanced by the superb performance by The Novello Orchestra. They performed the moving score by Craig Armstrong as the film was played on a big screen behind them.

The Novello Orchestra were guests at the Royal Philharmonic Hall. They have become know for their innovative, charismatic and passionate performances. They approach the orchestral concept from a new and youthful angle, combing musical theatre and the elegance of an orchestra.

Unsure of what to expect the performance delivered more than could have been anticipated. Sitting in the stalls of the Royal Philharmonic Hall the lights dimmed and the orchestra began the overture. The orchestra began a composition of all the iconic scores in Love Actually including ‘Glasgow Love Theme, Portuguese Love Theme’ and ‘The Prime Minister Love Theme’, and even ‘God Only Knows’ by the Beach Boys. The overture was balanced perfectly preceding the start of film. Even in the part of the film when Juliet (Keira Knightly) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) get married and the band surprises them by being dispersed amongst the audience, the trumpet players in the Orchestra stood up in time, adding to the theatricality and subtle comedy the film is renowned for.

The venue was atmospheric lending itself perfectly to the event. The Royal Philharmonic Hall is in the art deco style, on Hope Street in the Georgian Quarter. Although The Novella Orchestra were touring the Philharmonic Hall, the resident Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are also hosting events which combine films with live Orchestra. There are plenty of new and exciting events coming up at the Philharmonic and you should definitely check them out if you’re curious! They’ve even got Jurassic Pak: Film with live Orchestra on the 29th and 30th of December, you can find out more about this event here.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic have plenty of exciting events this month, and you can browse through them or just find out more about the company here!

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