245 million years ago: Dinosaurs first roam the earth. Give or take a day or two.
200 millions years ago: The Jurassic period began, which lasted for 55 millions years. Roughly, again.
66 milliions years ago: Dinosaurs become extinct. They were around for about 180 million years… In comparison, us homo sapiens have been around for about 200,000. The Flintstones were *way* off.
147 years ago: The Royal Albert Hall is built, with the foundation stone laid by Queen Victoria in honour of her late husband.
86 years ago: John Williams is born. A man who has likely soundtracked the childhood of every homo sapien currently on this planet.
71 years ago: Stephen Spielberg is born. Quite frankly, without him film would probably have become extinct.
66 years ago: Michael Crichton is born. If it wasn’t for his imagination, Jurassic Park would never have opened. (As we’ve come to learn, that may have actually been a good thing.)
25 years ago: Jurassic Park is released in cinemas, based on the novel Crichton released 3 years prior. It would become the highest grossing film ever, and hold the title for 4 years.
1 week ago: Jurassic Park – In Concert takes place at the Royal Albert Hall.
And it’s that part that’s the key focus of this very post. If you’re yet to witness a film in concert it’s pretty much as it says on the tin — and in this instance, the tin says Bravo!
The Royal Albert Hall seems almost as if it were built for live orchestra cinema, and having seen a few productions there I can confirm that it, much like Jeff Goldblum, never gets old. In fact, the only part of the evening which felt old was the film itself. Watching it as a child I used to be in awe of the “hyper realistic” dinosaurs. Now I sit here as a CGI spoilt adult sniggering at the animatronic triceratops lay there wheezing like Barry Humphries down a coal mine.
But what better way to inject nostalgia than the Czech National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ben Palmer. The star of the score is of course the brass, and it’s so wonderfully makes the hairs stand on end. That and Dr Malcolm’s chest, of course.
As with most of these Film in Concert shows, the credits are where the magic happens and undistracted from the film you get to watch the orchestra do their finest. I may just be an emotional wreck, but I think even Ross Kemp would have a frog in his throat at this one. Yes, after careful consideration I have decided to endorse this score!
And it ain’t over as in 19 days from now John Williams returns to the UK for the first time in 22 years performing at, you guessed it, the Royal Albert Hall. Naturally, it sold out within seconds of going on sale.
But fear not! For anyone who favours classic films with iconic soundtracks, and live music over faddy 4DX film experiences, the Royal Albert Hall’s Film In Concert series is updated regularly, with the rest of the year featuring Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Star Wars: A New Hope.
See. Life finds a way.