Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novel Wolf Hall was transformed into a riveting six-part drama by the BBC to huge acclaim in 2015.
Accompanying Thomas Cromwell’s machinations and hushed conversations in shadowy palace corners was an unforgettable score, composed by Debbie Wiseman and performed by members of The Locrian Ensemble of London; the subsequent CD of the soundtrack reached number one in the classical charts.
Tonight’s concert sees Debbie and the Ensemble perform selections from her acclaimed score, alongside extracts from Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies read by Anton Lesser, who played Thomas More in the BBC series.
The performance roughly follows the narrative of the television series with Lesser’s intense readings setting the scene for a musical commentary. The most intense part of the concert must surely be the depiction of Anne Boleyn's execution, as the impassioned readings leave the audience hanging on every word, with music that is gripping and moving in equal parts.
Debbie Wiseman has more than 200 film and television soundtracks to her name including Wilde, Wolf Hall and, more recently, Dickensian. Comprising some of the country's finest musicians, The Locrian Ensemble is at the very top of its game, delivering stunning performances which range from the blisteringly dramatic to the heartrendingly mournful.