COMPOSER, conductor, collaborator and colluder, Carl Davis is one of the best known and best loved figures in the classical music world. And although a native New Yorker, he's been waving his baton in Britain since the early 1960s.
Davis, a familiar face in Liverpool, being married to the actress Jean Boht and figurehead of the Phil's original Summer Pops, has written some of the most memorable TV themes, including The World at War, Pride and Prejudice and our favourite, the catchy Up Pompeii!, apparently. He also co-wrote The Liverpool Oratorio with a certain Mr McCartney (“a breathtaking experience” he once told Confidential's ed in an interview), and stacks more.
But it is his silent film music that makes him stand out even further.
Down the years, Davis has restored, expanded and composed original scores for long lost cinema classics such as Napoleon (1927), DW Griffith's Intolerance, and the 1925 version of Ben Hur as well as countless documentaries on the silent era.
One of his major achievements was putting together a highly acclaimed score for a restored version of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, based on Chaplin's original music.
You don't get much of a chance to see this last one, let alone the whole package, but next Thursday (June 25), such an opportunity arises when City Lights will be shown at The Philharmonic Hall with Davis conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra live in accompaniment.
They'll also be throwing in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (with Ian Buckle on piano) and the Overture to Girl Crazy for good measure.
Good news is we've got two pairs of tickets for this excellent evening to give away to the winners of our competition.
In a bid to get you to remember what you've entered and possibly won, tell us which master of the comic innuendo played the slave Lurkio in Up Pompeii.
*Chaplin's City Lights, Thursday, 25 June 2009 7.30pm. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1. See www.liverpoolphil.com to book. Tickets from £10-£32.
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