The power of music to inspire emotion – whether it’s a heart-wrenching swell of sonorous violins, a sense of doom captured in the deep booming of drums or a lively joy reflected in the plinky-plonky (please excuse the technical term) sounds of a piano – is used to great effect in a variety of films. These candlelight concerts celebrate some of the best soundtracks to grace the screens and the talented composers behind them. Just take a seat among the striking surrounds of the iconic Palm Court at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, and prepare to fall under the spell of gorgeous live music.
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel sets the scene for a mesmerising evening with its historic architecture, elegant interiors and atmospheric acoustics. The concerts will both unfold in the hotel’s Palm Court; a striking space where flickering candlelight will dance across the stone walls and moonlight will shine in through the stained glass ceiling – a beautiful visual accompaniment to the sound of music.
If the walls of this stunning Victorian hotel could talk they’d likely have stories fitting for the big screen with over 150 years of history to draw from. But since they likely won’t be sharing their secrets any time soon, you can instead enjoy sensational soundtracks from composers such as Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, Henry Mancini, James Horner and John Williams at a candlelight concert on April 14. There, a string quartet will transport you into the cinematic world of drama, action, comedy and romance – performing iconic movie masterpieces from films such as Cinema Paridiso, Back To The Future, Titanic, Gladiator and Pink Panther.
If your film-loving heart lies in the realm of fantasy and science fiction, then you can also grab a ticket to an equally bewitching candlelight concert on April 22. Candlelight: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Soundtracks will fill Palm Court with the otherworldly music of film and television such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Westworld and Harry Potter. Listen to the soothing harmonies of a string ensemble, lose yourself in magical melodies and escape reality for the evening.