19:30 - 21:30
Glossop Parish Church
Church Street South
SK13 7RU
Price: Tickets are free and available on the door. We will be accepting donations (cash or cheque) after the concert to reflect what audience members felt the concert was worth.

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Glossop Music Festival
48 Spire Hollin
SK13 7BS



Apollo Saxophone Quartet

The Apollo Saxophone Quartet have been at the forefront of the UK classical music scene for over 30 years.

Tonight’s concert focuses on one of the Quartet’s most successful and enduring projects,"Journey Across the Impossible”. In 1998 the ASQ was commissioned by Phoenix Arts in Leicester to write a substantial new series of works for a performance project with black and white silent film. The group hand picked an hour long selection of short films, many from the early experimental days of film in the early 1900s, and set them to original scores which bring these quirky, thought provoking, often bizarre films to light in a way that extends and enhances their original meaning, often making a film that is almost 100 years old highly poignant and relevant to a 21st century audience.

The films programmed for this concert are; Georges Melies’ Trio of Cinema Wonders – featuring three experimental films from 1906, “The Black Imp” scored by Rob Buckland, using some early freeze frame techniques to create the Imp’s magical powers, the hilarious and unforgettable “The Dancing Pig” scored by Andy Scott, and the slightly disturbing “The Acrobatic Fly” scored by Rob Buckland, that would have modern animal rights protesters picketing our concerts if it had been made today! The second film is an early disaster movie comprised of some extraordinary archive and amateur footage, scored by Will Gregory (baritone sax with the ASQ at the time of the original “Journey” project), and we follow with another of Will’s scores to a hilarious comedy based on the dreams of the star after a day of over indulgence! We return to the films of George Melies to close the set, with original scores from Carl Raven (whose ironic and poised score accompanies The Man with a Rubber Head in which Georges Melies himself stars,) and Jim Fieldhouse, whose score to the bizarre subterranean odyssey “The Infernal Cake-walk” provides a dynamic and quirky finale to our ‘Journey’.

The evening offers a captivating and thought-provoking insight into how the film world has changed since it’s humble beginnings over a century ago, but curiously, juxtaposed with modern soundtracks, the themes of these wonderful film are just as relevant today as when they were first conceived, and the messages contained within still resonate with a modern audience.

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