Nerve Centre and Culture Company present Psycho Live! With the Ulster Orchestra

Nerve Centre and Culture Company present Psycho Live! With the Ulster Orchestra

Hitchcock once said ‘33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music’, with the piercing shriek of violins in the infamous shower scene at the Bates Motel possibly the most famous piece of film music ever written.

Now cinema fans can see and hear Psycho live in The Venue on Friday, November 22, with the original score played by the Ulster Orchestra.

Pearse Moore, Chief Executive of the Nerve Centre which is presenting the movie as part of this year’s Foyle Film Festival, said: “This is another once-in-a-lifetime experience during the UK City of Culture year.

“Experience a powerhouse of driving rhythms and eerie menace as the Ulster Orchestra performs Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score, while Hitchcock’s cinematic classic is shown above on the big screen. Why not bring Mother?”

Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, was made on a low budget in black and white, but quickly became one of the most successful films of all time.

Much of its tremendous impact is due to the music. Oscar-winning composer Bernard Herrmann worked closely with Hitchcock on several of his films, in this case using only strings to create the hair-raising atmosphere, including the famous shower scene.

Rosa Solinas, Chief Executive of the Ulster Orchestra, said: “The power of music and image combined captures the imagination like nothing else. The Ulster Orchestra has a strong track record of performing film music, and indeed of providing these exciting live-soundtrack experiences—everything from The Snowman to this, Hitchcock’s most shocking masterpiece! Sure to be a real thriller for those who dare to attend!”

The event is part of Cinema City, a month-long programme of film screenings and special events in Derry~Londonderry during November, featuring some of the biggest names in cinema.

Graeme Farrow, Executive Programmer at Culture Company, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the Ulster Orchestra back to Derry~Londonderry. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear a leading symphony orchestra interpret a classic score and see an iconic film in a new, exciting way.”

Tickets are on sale now from the Millennium Forum box office, priced £16.50.

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