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World-renowned actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins presents 'Composer', a collection of beautiful pieces written and composed by the man himself.
On July 23rd 2011, world-renowned actor Sir Anthony joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on stage at Birmingham Symphony Hall to introduce a performance of his original compositions and scores from some of his best-known films. ‘Composer’ is the live recording of Sir Anthony’s original works from that evening, including pieces composed for two films that he not only scored but also directed and starred in (‘Slipstream’ and ‘August’).
Sir Anthony Hopkins' love for classical music began at a very young age...
...When Sir Anthony Hopkins was just six, his love for the piano was ignited by lessons from Mrs Jeffreys, a music teacher in his home town of Margam. His mother had great hopes that one day her son would become a famous pianist. Her child showed great promise, improvising with chords and melody from an early age, scribbling down thoughts on sixpenny sheets of manuscript paper from Mister Salter’s music shop in Neath, but it is only now, after decades of playing and composing works of music, that a collection of her son’s original works is to be released on record for the first time.
The scraps of melody and sounds that were first jotted down in childhood have evolved over the years into pieces inspired by childhood memories, plays he has seen, films he has worked on, holidays taken, dreams he has dreamt and loved ones, including an enchanting aria dedicated to his wife Stella. All these inspirations and more are represented in Sir Anthony’s classical music compositions.
Sir Anthony Hopkins says: “I’m very pleased I’ve found an extra string to my fiddle. For years I mused and dreamt about turning my scribbled thoughts and bursts of melody into pieces of work to be performed by a full orchestra and to see this dream turn into a reality through working with CBSO and now Classic FM is something I treasure very much.”
As a child, Sir Anthony dreamt of “one day, perhaps, one day” becoming a composer. With the release of ‘Anthony Hopkins – Composer’, both his and his mother’s dream is now cemented for all to enjoy.
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Listen to excerpts from 'Composer' below
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