World Premier of Roy Budd’s Phantom of the Opera

On Sunday 8th October, at the London Coliseum, the Docklands Sinfonia conducted by Spencer Down will perform the world premiere of pianist and composer Roy Budd’s classical masterpiece Phantom of the Opera written as a score for Rupert Julian’s 1925 silent horror film of Phantom of the Opera. The concert will be performed alongside a screening of the silent film using the last 35mm film reel in existence.

Roy Budd (1947 – 1993) first performed at the London Coliseum aged 6, was five times BBC Young Pianist of the Year from ages 10 – 15 and had his own television show on BBC TV  as well as playing the piano regularly on TV shows throughout his life. He started composing for film aged 22, with some of his most famous film scores including Get Carter with Michael Cain, Soldier Blue, The Black Windmill with Don Segal, Paper Tiger with David Niven, The Wild Geese, with Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Krüger.

Tragically Budd died of a brain haemorrhage aged 46 before his symphony for Phantom could be premiered at the Barbican in 1993. Now 24 years later, Budd’s stunning Symphony for Phantom of the Opera is to be heard for the first time.

Tickets are still available from the London Coliseum here:

You can watch a trailer here:


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