Y’all know I do some, ah, ‘unique’ things in London. But I was surprised as anyone to end up watching Pixar Movies at the Royal Albert Hall last weekend. On Friday I decided to have a bit of a clean up in my flat, and happened to go through the box that I keep all my tickets and important things in. Low and behold I found a ticket for Saturday night to see the scores of Pixar movies performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I had booked it in about August last year, put it in the wardrobe and then totally forgot about it – thanks to the power of random cleaning I didn’t miss out!
Top tip for if you ever see something with a screen at the Royal Albert Hall, without a doubt get the cheapest tickets available. The best view is from the very top row of the very top tier at the very back of the hall. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but the screen is so large and the acoustics so good that the only thing that matters is seeing the entire screen without having to turn your head. Trust me, I’ve done this a few times.
This Pixar extravaganza took parts of each score and then paired it with either a complete scene or a compilation of scenes from the movie. Over the evening we got a taste of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Cars 2 and of course Brave.
What was funny was that if you asked me about any of the scores before that evening I would not have had a clue. But as you listed to them all of a sudden the stories, emotions and morals came flooding back. The scores tell the stories so well, and if you closed your eyes and just listened you would have been able to pick out the movie. I couldn’t help but think as the night wore on what an amazing chance this would be to get kids into classical music. Through the magic of Pixar kids would be able to understand how classical music creates emotion and a story.
What proves this most of all was the reaction from the mostly grown up audience. When UP! was showing we were tearing up, with the Incredibles there were cheers and whoops, and with Monsters Inc there were just a lot of happy smiles. The music, the screen and the atmosphere made for a truly magical evening.