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Faculty of Music


The Epic of Everest

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra
Andrew Gourlay, conductor

J.B. Noel The Epic of Everest (1924; compiled score from 1924 by Frederick Laurence and Eugene Goossens Snr.)

This concert will involve a musical recreation of The Epic of Everest (J.B. Noel, 1924), a travelogue-cum-quest adventure silent film shot on Mount Everest in 1924 during that year's Royal Geographical Society expedition, the one on which George Mallory and 'Sandy' Irvine died. The film has recently been restored by the British Film Institute and is to be shown in London with a newly commissioned score, however this is the only planned screening with a live recreation of the original score held in the Cambridge University Library. 

It is an example of a 'compiled score' for silent film, consisting of a number of excerpts from existing classical works as well as a few specially composed themes.

For further information on the film and score please visit our website

On Wednesday, 13 November at 5.00pm in the Recital Room, Dr Julie Brown from Royal Holloway will present From textual palimpsest to silent film performance: critical perspectives on recreating the musical presentation of The Epic of Everest (1924). 

TICKETS: £20, £14, £10 (concessions: £2 reduction of above prices), £5 (students)


Saturday, 16 November, 2013 - 20:00 to 22:15
Event location: 
8.00pm, West Road Concert Hall