Charlie Chaplin, brought up in poverty in South East London, went to America in 1913 with a travelling theatre troupe and stayed to join the nascent film industry in Los Angeles. A few years later, he had become the most universally recognised face on the planet. His 1936 film, 'Modern Times', is a biting but darkly funny critique of the dehumanising effects of industrialisation and the human cost of The Great Depression.
Chaplin wrote his own music for his films, and the score for 'Modern Times', which includes the hit popular song 'Smile', is performed live here by the Philharmonia Orchestra in an arrangement by Carl Davis, our most authoritative film composer, arranger and conductor.
May 22 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Wagner's birth, Sir Andrew Davis conducts excerpts from Wagner's Tannhäuser and Die Walküre
May 30 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka conducts The Rite of Spring in its centenary performance alongside Debussy's Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Varèse's Amériques