The music of the films of the late British film director Guy Hamilton will be played in Mallorca (Spain) next week by the Chamber Film Orchestra in the 7th edition of the Atlántida Film Fest (26 June – 2 July).
Guy Hamilton, best known for his James Bond films, was one of the most successful British film directors to represent the Second World War and the later Cold War. He fell under the spell of Majorca in 1982 when he was shooting Evil Under the Sun and built a house on a mountain in front of the sea of Port d’Andratx, where he retired with his wife and son and resided until his death in 2016 at age of 93.
On the occasion of paying homage, the Mallorca Film Commission has launched a concert on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. at the Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), as part of the opening gala of the Atlántida Film Fest.
The concert will be performed by the Chamber Film Orchestra conducted by Smerald Spahia, and will be composed for the occasion by 13 musicians (6 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass, 1 oboe and percussion).
The program planned for the concert, which will include projection of images, is as follows:
Access to the concert is by invitation only, granted by the Mallorca Film Commission, invitations that unfortunately are unavailable at the moment.
During the Atlántida Film Fest, some of Guy Hamilton‘s films will be screened in various parts of the city and several actors and characters that worked with the director are expected to appear, such as the Swedish actress Britt Ekland (“The man with the Golden Gun“).
The Chamber Film Orchestra was launched on June 21, 2014 in a monographic concert with the music of César Benito at Trui Teatre of Mallorca, and was promoted by Smerald Spahia, violinist and concertmaster of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, Gori Martínez and ABABS, Balearic Association of Friends of Soundtracks.
This orchestra includes professors and young talents who bring the music of films to the public, in a small and flexible formation (from 13 to 21 musicians), thus allowing the interpretation of a repertoire not only of classical film music but also of the great variety that exists in the music of television series, documentaries, short films, video games and animation.
The orchestra has made several soundtrack recordings such as Manel Gil-Inglada‘s award-winning EVO and Cesar Benito‘s short film The Red Thunder.
The management of the Chamber Film Orchestra is carried out by the nonprofit association Mallorca Plató Musical, launched with the strength of Smerald Spahia, Gori Martínez and Pedro Barbadillo, and that has as objective the promotion of the island of Mallorca as a place of composition, recording or production of music for cinematographic, advertising, television, videogames or audiovisual productions of any kind, encouraging the participation of professionals, technicians, composers and artists from Mallorca, in both national and international projects.