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Tim fans in wonderland [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

July 26, 2013

YellowBrix

ACONCERT featuring composer Danny Elfman and his music from the movies of leading film director Tim Burton is set to play in Birmingham this autumn.

Given that it is one of only three shows in the country - after the Royal Albert Hall's October 7 world premiere has already sold out - it looks set to become the hottest ticket in town, appealing to classical music lovers and cinema-goers alike.

One of the most interesting aspects of the concert is the inclusion of Sleepy Hollow.

The first film to be released this century was based on the classic story by Washington Irving - a New Yorker who wrote Rip Van Winkle while based in Easy Row, Edgbaston, Birmingham, from 1819- 24.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will bring the music to life and the performance will be enhanced by big screen visuals of Tim Burton's original film sketches, drawings and story boards.

Presented by Apollo Digital and conducted by John Mauceri, the concert will include a special guest performance by Danny Elfman himself.

The Tim Burton films he has scored range from Batman and Batman Returns to Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks!, Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie and Alice In Wonderland.

A four-time Oscar-nominee, Elfman will be playing various instruments as well as making his first public singing performance for 18 years.

Danny says: "I really look forward to revisiting this body of work and bringing it to the concert stage. It has been such a huge part of my life.

"The idea of performing some of Jack Skellington's songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas live for the very first time is immensely exciting."

Tim Burton adds: "I've always heard Danny's scores performed live during our recording sessions for the films we've collaborated on.

"For others to finally be able to hear his music live is really something special."

Tickets for the show at The NIA Arena, Birmingham, on October 10 go on sale on August 2. Visit www.thenia.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk, tel 0844 844 0444.

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