25 years ago, one of film’s greatest collaborations began with ‘Henry V’, directed by Kenneth Branagh with music composed by Patrick Doyle
The film wore its cast like a chain of medals: Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Ian Holm, Christian Bale, Paul Scofield and Emma Thompson. Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Doyle (who also stars in the film) were truly inspired by Shakespeare and made many’s a trip to Belfast playhouses as part of the Renaissance Theatre Company, before their first film making venture. One that was awarded repeatedly, including the Ivor Novello Award for Best Music Composition.
Patrick wasn’t sure if he wanted to pursue acting or music as his chosen career. He had been doing both for some time. When presented with the challenge of writing his first film score for Henry V, he was inspired and provided what is still considered today to be one of the finest debut scores. Hear this music with live narration of Shakepeare’s text in a special concert at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. There is much more to the Branagh and Doyle collaboration than Shakespeare though. Music from Marvel’s ‘Thor’, ‘Frankenstein’ and their latest movie, ‘Jack Ryan’ will also resonate around the hall by the Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir, conducted by James Shearman.
A pre-concert talk with Patrick Doyle will take place in The Waterfront at 6:45pm. The event is being run by Belfast Film Festival in partnership with Belfast Waterfront Hall