NEWS / UPCOMING PERFORMANCES / SCREENINGS
February 2024 - French cinema release and BAA award nominations for KENSUKE'S KINGDOM... With a blaze of publicity across France, Kensuke's Kingdom enjoys a theatrical release in its first territory (from February 7th). The hand-drawn animated adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book features an epic symphonic score from Stuart, who is among the nominees for Best Music at the upcoming British Animation Awards. The film is also up for Best Feature Film, Best Sound and Best Writing. News of a UK cinema release hopefully coming soon.
March 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th 2024 - RAIN DANCE - US revival... The wonderful North Cambridge Family Opera will be mounting a new stateside production of Stuart and Donald Sturrock's Rain Dance. The show, originally written for W11 Opera (now London Youth Opera) was premiered in 2010 and a first NCFO staging in Boston followed in 2014. Catch a clip from the 2010 Riverside Studios production here, featuring a pre-fame 15-year-old Jonathan Antoine as the villainous Tau. Click here to get your tickets.
July 3rd 2024 - VIOLIN CONCERTO - Cadogan Hall performance... Fenella Humphreys will be the soloist in a performance of Stuart's epic Violin Concerto at London's Cadogan Hall. Lev Parikian will conduct the London Phoenix Orchestra. Hear a clip from the BBC Concert Orchestra recording with Jack Liebeck here.
RECENT LIVE PERFORMANCES / SCREENINGS
December 16th/17th 2023 - PANDORA'S BOX - World Premiere... The newly christened London Youth Opera unveiled their newest commissioned work - and their first back live on stage since 2019 - Stuart and librettist Donald Sturrock's contemporary take on Pandora's Box. The venue was the beautiful Susie Sainsbury Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Info here, with clips to come soon.
November 18th 2023 - PETER & THE WOLF and KENSUKE'S KINGDOM LIVE IN CONCERT... Following the success of the charity performances last year of We're Going On A Bear Hunt Live In Concert, Stuart conducted the brilliant St Paul's Sinfonia in family presentations of the Academy Award®-winning stop-motion Peter & The Wolf (2008 Oscar®-winner - Best Animated Short Film). Director Suzie Templeton, together with the puppets that star in movie, was there in person as part of the presentation. The shows opened with an exclusive preview look at KENSUKE'S KINGDOM with Stuart's symphonic score performed live. All profits will benefitted the music education charity Music Masters - empowering children to reach their creative potential through music, no matter their background.
October 25th 2023 - CENTURY OVERTURE World Premiere... The London Phoenix Orchestra premiered a newly commissioned concert overture by Stuart to kick off their centenary season, with a performance of Stuart's Violin Concerto also planned for 2024. The thrilling performance took placeon Wednesday October 25th, at St John's Smith Square, London
October 14th 2023 - KENSUKE'S KINGDOM - UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival... The new animated feature film KENSUKE'S KINGDOM, with Stuart's symphonic score, had its long-awaited UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday October 14th at 11:30am at the BFI IMAX, Waterloo.
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