Wallace and Gromit, On The Road

19 Apr

Wallace and Gromit – the Aardman characters are to make an appearance at this year’s BBC Proms it has been announced today.

They are to appear in a new work called My Concerto in Ee Lad which is to be performed by the Aurora Orchestra on 29 July.

They will also be appearing in the film A Matter of Loaf and Death which is being shown with a live orchestral soundtrack to accompany it. Organisers have said of the move to introduce the famous animated characters: “This is a way of introducing orchestral music to families of all ages and Wallace and Gromit will help us do that.”

They also hoped that the Concerto in Ee Lad would capture the “warmth, grittiness and gumption” of the popular Wallace and Gromit characters.

This year’s Proms will feature a number of other special concerts including one to celebrate the 70th birthday of  BBC’s Desert Island Discs which will be presented by the radio show’s Kirsty Young. Another interesting concert is a performance of John Cage’s famous work 4’33”, the piece which is famously silent throughout.

Most of the major concerts will be able to be heard on Radio 3 with a number of the concerts being televised on  BBC1. BBC2 and BBC3. Tickets for all of the Proms concerts go on sale on Saturday 12 May.

On The Road – the classic Jack Kerouac novel is to have its film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The 1957 novel is seen by most people as the defining work of the Beat Generation and was inspired by Kerouac’s experiences with drugs, music and poetry. It is seen as a largely autobiographical description of a journey taken through America by Kerouac and a group of friends in the 1940’s & 50’s.

It is most commonly read by college students and like Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye is often seen as a very important right of passage novel. It is also consistently named in many Top 100 Books of All-Time type lists and so cannot just be dismissed as a work only appealing to younger people. Time magazine have voted it as one of the Top 100 novels of the last century.

The new film is directed by Walter Salles and has a screenplay adapted by Jose Rivera from the Kerouac novel. It has a host of star names including Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley from the film Control, Viggo Mortensen from Lord of the Rings and Kirsten Dunst from Spiderman.

The movie is the first ever adaptation of Kerouac’s work to hit the big screen although as far back as 1957 Kerouac wrote to Marlon Brando suggesting that the pair of them take on the two major roles in a movie of his book.

In this new movie Sam Riley will play Kerouac’s part of Sal Paradise with Garrett Hedlund taking on the role of Dean Moriarty that was originally meant for Brando.

The movie will be entered in competition in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It was announced earlier that Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom will open up the festival.

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