Films with live orchestras: Our 2018 performance guide

We round up the year in the concert craze sweeping the nation

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The newest fad hitting concert halls across the UK is the screening of films accompanied by live orchestras. It’s not a new a concept though – if you look back to the silent film era we appear to have come full circle. We’ve compiled a selection of some of the biggest and best live screenings of 2018 that film buffs and music lovers alike will be attending in their droves.

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Beauty and the Beast
The Novello Orchestra/David Mahoney
18 March – Millenium Centre, Cardiff
21 March – 
Colston Hall, Bristol
23 March – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
25 March – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
27-29 March – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
5 April – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
6 April – Barbican Centre, York
7 April – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
8 April – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
9 April – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Ben Palmer

5 April – Colston Hall, Bristol
21 September – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Jaws
Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Ben Palmer

6 April – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
7 April – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
8 April –  Barbican Centre, York
10 April – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea
11 April – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
12 April – Brighton Dome
13 April – The Anvil, Basingstoke
14 April – Colston Hall, Bristol

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
BBC Concert Orchestra/Justin Freer

27-29 April – Royal Albert Hall, London

2001: A Space Odyssey
Philharmonia Orchestra/André de Ridder

28 April – Royal Festival Hall, London

Planet Earth II
BBC Concert Orchestra/Jessica Cottis

13 May – Royal Albert Hall, London

Vertigo
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Anthony Gabriele

24 May – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Star Trek
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra/Ernst Van Tiel

2 June – Royal Albert Hall, London

Star Trek Beyond
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra/Ernst Van Tiel

3 June – Royal Albert Hall, London

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra/Ernst Van Tiel; English Chamber Choir

14 June – Royal Albert Hall, London

The English Patient
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra/Ludwig Wicki

18 October – Royal Albert Hall, London

Star Wars: A New Hope
London Symphony Orchestra

16-18 October – Royal Albert Hall, London
28 November – Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool
29 November – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
1 December – Manchester Arena, Manchester
2 December – Arena, Birmingham
7 December – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
8 December – First Direct Arena, Leeds
9 December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Bridget Jones’s Diary

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2 November – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
5 November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
6 November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Want to know what the BBC Music Magazine team’s favourite film soundtracks are? Click here to find out…