He’s better known for his 1991 Oscar-winning performance as Dr Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, but fans of Sir Anthony Hopkins may not be aware of the actor’s talent as an accomplished music composer.
The 73-year-old Welsh actor is preparing to debut his work in the UK for the first time at a series of concerts in his homeland, starting with a performance at St David’s Hall in Cardiff.
In the concerts, Hopkins will present the premiere of several of his original scores, including music from his own movies August and Slipstream. Audiences will also be privvy to a brand new piece which he has written for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).
There is also the chance for spectators to listen to Hopkins talk about his music and his creative processes with concert producer Tommy Pearson.
Conducted by Michael Seal, the CBSO will also play a selection of music from some of the actor’s most popular and celebrated movies, including Silence of the Lambs, Shadowlands and Remains of the Day.
“I am immensely happy to be working with the CBSO to bring my compositions to the UK for the first time,” he commented. “There are themes and passages in these pieces that have been several decades in the making, and to bring them all vividly to life with one of the great symphony orchestras of the world is absolutely thrilling.”
Meanwhile, Mr Pearson revealed that it was “an honour” to be given the chance to work with the actor.
“We all know his work in movies of course but Tony is also a fine composer and I know his music means a lot to him personally” he said. “We’re all looking forward to discovering a new dimension to a world-famous legend.”