Carl Davis C.B.E Public Lecture

29 Nov 2013

Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, in association with the School of English, UCC, the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, UCC and the Cork Screen Commission, is pleased to announce a public lecture by acclaimed composer, Carl Davis C.B.E.

As well as a busy conductor of some of the world’s great orchestras, Carl Davis is one of the world’s leading composers of music for film, television, theatre and ballet. He is well known for the music he has composed for many silent film restorations, including the Charlie Chaplin Mutuals; Abel Gance’s epic 1927 film, Napoleon; Hollywood, the 13-part series on American silent films produced by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill; the 1925 versions of Ben Hur and The Phantom of the Opera; and MGM’s greatest silent-era hits, Flesh and the Devil (1926, featuring Greta Garbo) and The Big Parade (1925).    He won a BAFTA for his music for The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) and also composed scores for such contemporary films as Scandal (1989), The Trial (1993) and the Irish-set Widow’s Peak (1994).

Carl Davis’ work for television has been extensive: from music for Jeremy Isaacs’ groundbreaking documentary, The World at War (1973-4), to work on television films and mini-series such The Naked Civil Servant (1975); The Far Pavilions (1984); Pride and Prejudice (1995), Cranford (2007), and Upstairs Downstairs (2010).    With Paul McCartney he composed the “Liverpool Oratorio” in 1991, and has also written music for a wide range of contemporary theatre and ballet.

Mr. Davis will present an illustrated talk on his work, including screened excerpts from the restored Chaplin films, in the Film Studies Auditorium, Windle Building, Main campus, UCC at 6pm on Monday December 16.

UCC gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Cork Screen Commission in hosting this event. The Cork Screen Commission is an initiative of Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Cork Film Centre.

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