It’s been 30 years since the classic movie musical The Muppet Christmas Carol was released – arguably one of the best Christmas films of all time.
And what’s better than just watching this festive favourite? How about doing so with a live orchestra bringing the incredible music to life.
There was an undeniable buzz in the air at York Barbican last night (Monday), as a near sold-out audience took to their seats with excitement ready to revisit the classic like never before.
As soon as the composer David Mahoney entered the stage and joined the rest of the fantastic musicians, the audience applauded with delight; they were ready for the magic to begin…
And it is safe to say the experience really was magical! David and the Novello Orchestra seamlessly performed the score composed by Miles Goodman with songs by Paul Williams, synchronised perfectly with the film projected above them.
It enabled us to fully appreciate every musical moment within the film including the standout numbers; ‘One More Sleep Til’ Christmas’ and ‘Thankful Heart’. There was one question on the lips of all long-time Muppet Christmas Carol fans – and yes the song ‘When Love is Gone’ was lovingly restored and included in this showing.
One of the most special moments though was the credits – something I wouldn’t usually watch or expect to be a highlight of the film. However, after being encouraged before the film to stay until the very end, the audience could admire the mastery of Goodman and Williams’ work.
Once the music had concluded the orchestra were met with an immediate and well-deserved standing ovation.
Whilst their visit to York was only for one evening, there are a couple of different film music concerts coming to the Barbican next year such as The Magical Music of Harry Potter and The Music of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and The Rings of Power in Concert.
One thing is certain, if you were lucky enough to attend this holiday treat – it really does feel like Christmas.