From that first iconic opening of the main titles hairs stood up on necks and shivers were sent down spines
Royal Northern Sinfonia – Star Wars Spectacular
Regular readers of my extensive Royal Northern Sinfonia Night’s Out Concert series reviews will know how much of a fan I am of the RNS, and in what’s become a bi yearly schedule Saturday night saw the first performance of a 2 performance run of their Star Wars spectacular, it’s crazy when you think that this event is so popular they managed to fill the hall of Sage One twice over but that’s the pull of not only a world class symphonic orchestra playing John Williams most iconic scores.
The hall was once again packed and the 99th Garrison were once again present, a fully costumed Star Wars enthusiast group who raise a lot of money for Charity and always go down so well with the audience.
From that first iconic opening of the main titles hairs stood up on necks and shivers were sent down spines in the way that only the way that only Star Wars music can do.
What happened next was 2 hours of musical utopia, the music in chronological order by episode number, whilst the first half was impactful due to the addition of the Royal Symphonia Voices, it was the nostalgia of the most quintessential movies, 4, 5, and 6 which I enjoyed most of all. Of course maybe because they are the most well known, and the music which began our journey to another galaxy far, far, away. The Cantina Band which ended the first half particularly made me smile!
It was during The Imperial March that Darth Vader himself appeared from the back and stood throughout the extract as the 99th Garrison stood on the side of the aisles as storm troopers and new for this year Emperor Palpatine joined Darth Vader on the stage, queue a comedy moment between Darth and conductor Stephen Bell, especially when Darth Vader refused to move, clearly having way too much fun before he was almost dragged off to the side door.
This year we also enjoyed an excerpt from The Last Jedi and although there were other subtle changes to the programme for the most part it was a repeat of 2 years ago, I guess if you know what to do well, keep doing it!
Stephen Bell conducted masterfully as ever and it was him who took us through the evening with insights into the music of Star Wars, clearly a fan of Star Wars himself and of course reminding us that these iconic movies would just not be the same without the music of John Williams (now 88 and still going strong) to accompany them.
8/10, perfect scores but would have loved a tiny bit of variation from 2 years ago.
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