Sunday 16 May at 2 pm: THE MUSIC OF LAUREL AND HARDY - an audiovisual webinar
It may seem oddly familiar. We have all heard it but perhaps can't quite place it. The melodious background music of the Laurel and Hardy short films, and other 1930s productions of the Hal Roach Studios, is catchy and distinctive. And it was all the work of one man - composer LeRoy Shield.
Yet the music recordings were never released in their own right, and could only be heard today underneath the dialogue of the completed films. In its original form the studio library of recordings and scores was largely lost as production methods moved on. But the music has now been faithfully recreated in authentic "low fidelity" by Beau Hunks, a Netherlands-based orchestra that uses antique instruments and old-fashioned recording techniques.
Ray Edmondson takes us on a journey through the films and the music and unpacks the extraordinary story behind the mission of this remarkable group. The presentation features extensive audio and video clips, lasts about one hour, and will be followed by a Q & A.
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