classical music

The English Patient Live

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Anthony Minghella’s multi-award winning romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

This enduring masterpiece stars Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Music is at the centre of this passionate story evocatively set in the Sahara Desert and an Italian monastery.

The mournful cor anglais melody of its opening, which features a biplane flying over the Sahara, returns to devastating emotional effect in the final scene.

A stirring string theme is also at the heart of this tragedy of love, loss and war.

Gabriel Yared's score won an Academy Award (Best Dramatic Score), Golden Globe (Best Original Score), BAFTA Award (Best Film Music) and Grammy Award.

The English Patient Live is a production of Avex Classics International.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Ludwig Wicki conductor
Eleanor Grant soprano


Film screening: The English Patient

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Royal Festival Hall


£15 - £65
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £22, £28, £39, £48, £65


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Age recommendation
The English Patient is rated 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.