PREVIEW: The Phantom of the Opera, London Coliseum

Roy Budd’s lost score for Rupert Julian’s silent film The Phantom of the Opera will premiere at the London Coliseum on the 8th October. 

Twenty four years after the composer’s death, his score for the film will be performed live by the 77 piece Docklands Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Spencer Down, alongside a screening of the silent film in a world premiere event.

The British jazz musician and composer is best known for creating the film scores to Get Carter and The Wild Geese. In 1989, he acquired the only surviving original 35mm reel of Rupert Julian’s silent 1925 film, The Phantom of the Opera, and restored it before composing his own score for the film.

He completed the score using an 84-piece orchestra and recorded this with the Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, with five weeks to go before the premiere at the Barbican in London, Budd suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage and passed away at just 46 years of age. The concert was cancelled and and Budd’s widow Sylvia has fought for 24 years to get the score performed publicly.

Now the London Coliseum will present the world premiere performance of the score, bringing it to life, twenty four years after its composer’s untimely death.

The Phantom of the Opera will be performed at the London Coliseum on the 8th October. For more information visit:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: