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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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Planet Earth Live to have its UK Premiere - 19th November, the Barbican, London

BBC Earth and George Fenton will present the UK premiere of Planet Earth Live at the Barbican in November. Combining live orchestral music with stunning HD footage from the BBC series, Planet Earth Live will see composer George Fenton conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra with soloist Haley Glennie-Smith in a live performance of the Emmy Award winning score for Planet Earth.

George Fenton said “With this production I wanted to create a powerful new experience that would bring the awe-inspiring beauty of the television series to a live audience.”

Planet Earth was the first natural history series to be filmed entirely in high definition, providing an unparalleled view of magnificent landscapes from across the globe and incredible footage of the rarely spotted, almost mythical creatures that live in these habitats.

Fenton has created a new theatrical presentation using footage from this groundbreaking BBC series. Audiences will be immersed in spectacular imagery and sound throughout this breathtaking production, which is being performed live in the UK for the first time.

Alastair Fothergill, series producer for Planet Earth, said: “Planet Earth Live is a stunning event allowing audiences to enjoy George’s amazing score performed live against incredible HD footage from Planet Earth. Fans of the series will be in for a fantastic treat.”

Planet Earth Live toured the USA in 2010, receiving rave reviews from the Dallas Star Telegram which described it as a “moving, majestic spectacle” and the Chicago Tribune which commented “Planet Earth Live reminded us the world holds infinitely more natural delights than we could possibly know or imagine.”

About George Fenton

George Fenton began writing music for theatre productions in 1974 after a brief career performing and song writing. He now works exclusively in film and television. Most recently he has collaborated with Alastair Fothergill again on the score for Frozen Planet, a new landmark BBC natural history series set to air this autumn. Current projects in development are working on the score for Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share and a new National Theatre production

His scores for television series include The Jewel in the Crown, The Monocled Mutineer, The History Man, Shoestring and Bergerac. He has written music for many of Alan Bennett’s plays, films and monologues as well as popular signature tunes, including the BBC News and Newsnight and the major documentary series: The Trials of Life, Life in the Freezer, Beyond the Clouds, Shanghai Vice, Life, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, for which he was awarded Soundtrack Composer of the Year at the Classical Brits in 2007.

Following the broadcast of The Blue Planet in 2001, for which he won Ivor Novello, BAFTA and Emmy awards for Best Television Score, he created the show The Blue Planet Live!,which has toured both in the UK and worldwide, performed by many of the world’s leading orchestras. As a result of this success, Planet Earth Live was created in 2010 and premiered in the USA.

He has composed for a wide variety of feature films, receiving Academy Award nominations for The Fisher King, Dangerous Liaisons and Gandhi and was double-nominated for Cry Freedom for Original Score and Original Song. Other scores include: The Madness of King George, Groundhog Day, Shadowlands, Ever After, Anna and the King, Stage Beauty, Mrs Henderson Presents, Hitch and Fool’s Gold as well as Ken Loach’s films, including Land and Freedom, My Name is Joe, The Wind That Shakes The Barley,Looking For Eric and, the most recent, Route Irish.

He has a Royal Television Society Lifetime Achievement Award and is a Fellow of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

Emma Finlay

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