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On the eve of Leonard Bernstein's 100th Birthday, experience this legendary concert film of Gustav Mahler's Resurrection Symphony like never before with an immersive cinematic screening in remastered DTS surround sound, in the same place where it was recorded with a live audience 45 years ago.

Friday 24 August at 7:30pm

Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire

This special screening at Ely Cathedral will be introduced in person by the concert's director and Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton, with broadcaster and film music concert producer Tommy Pearson. All in the place where it was originally filmed so beautifully!

A perfect way to commemorate the #BernsteinAt100 centenary celebrations: His greatest on-screen concert directed by Humphrey Burton in August of 1973. This performance of Gustav Mahler's Resurrection Symphony also features English mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker, English soprano Sheila Armstrong, alongside the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. All accompanied by the magnificent London Symphony Orchestra. Spellbinding brilliance during their collective artistic peaks.

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Concert director, BBC Young Musician founder and Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton CBE:

I am thrilled to be participating in this special screening of Mahler TwoonAug 24th. This filmisprobably the most ambitiousthing I ever directed and because it was shot on 35mil it looks as fresh today as it did in 1973.


For further information and for Humphrey Burton interview requests, please contact:

Tim Burden (Producer) Tel: 07746 892 816

For ticket information, group bookings and hospitality packages, please contact:

Sallyann Ford at Ely Cathedral (Venue) Tel: 01353 660349.

Notes to editors:

About Gustav Maher:

Composer Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.2 - 'Resurrection Symphony', was one of Mahler's most popular and successful works during his lifetime.

Gustav Mahler was an Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect. After 1945 his compositions were rediscovered and championed by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century. When BBC Music Magazine surveyed 151 conductors to name their top three symphonies, Mahler was represented with three symphonies in the top-ten list.

About Leonard Bernstein:

Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."

His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town, On the Waterfront, his Mass, and a range of other compositions, including three symphonies and many shorter chamber and solo works.

Bernstein was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. He was a skilled pianist, often conducting piano concertos from the keyboard. His 1970's Mahler concert film cycle for Unitel with director Humphrey Burton became the benchmark for filmed orchestral concerts, 1973's Ely Cathedral film being the highlight.

As a composer he wrote in many styles encompassing symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and pieces for the piano. Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and critical success of West Side Story.

About Humphrey Burton CBE:

Author, broadcaster, director and producer. First Head of Music and Arts for BBC Television 1965-1967. Resumed the position again from 1975-1981 after an eight year absence in commercial television as a founder-member of London Weekend Television. For his work as a director, he has won four Emmy Awards, two British Academy Awards and as a presenter received the Royal Television Society Silver medal and Sony Gold Award.

Freelance work had begun in 1970, when he produced and directed an Emmy-winning bicentennial portrait entitledBeethoven's Birthdayfor CBS TV. For later showings on A&E, and for VHS and DVD release, the program was retitledBernstein on Beethoven: A Celebration in Vienna.A 20-year association with conductor/composerLeonard Bernsteinfollowed; he directed over 170 documentaries and filmed concerts, including cycles of symphonies by Mahler, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and many others, as well as Bernstein's own compositions. The films were almost all produced for the Munich company Unitel. He also worked with other great conductors, including Karajan, Solti, Kleiber, and Abbado, and with pianists including Pogorelic, Brendel and Zimerman.

He was guest director of the Hollywood Bowl in 1983 and director of Tanglewood's 70th Bernstein Birthday Bash in 1988, and served as Artistic Adviser to the Barbican 1988-91, where he was responsible for the award-winning festival of Scandinavian arts entitled Tender is the North. After Bernstein died in 1990, Burton spent three years in New York researching and writing his biography,Leonard Bernstein1994. Other musician biographies followed: Yehudi Menuhin 2000Yehudi Menuhin and William Walton - The Romantic Loner (OUP 2002, co-authored with Maureen Murray.) For the decade after his return from New York he worked in the USA and Europe as director and/or programme presenter of classical music (for Classic FM and Radio 3), opera, ballet, documentaries and music competitions. He celebrated his 70th birthday by conducting Verdi's Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, raising £75,000 for charity. Later in 2001 he moved to Aldeburgh, where he is President of the Aldeburgh Music Club and has presented eight seasons of Matinees Musicales at the local cinema. In 2011 he mounted a Schubert weekend to mark his 80th birthday. Humphrey Burton is part of the Centennial Honorary Committee for the Leonard Bernstein at 100 calendar of worldwide events.

About the London Symphony Orchestra:

The London Symphony Orchestra was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos. As a musical collective, it is built on artistic ownership and partnership. With an inimitable signature sound, the LSO's mission is to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people. The LSO has been the only Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in the City of London since it opened in 1982, giving 70 symphonic concerts there every year. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes some of the world's greatest conductors - Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and Conductor Emeritus André Previn. It is a pioneer of music education, offering musical experiences through LSO Discovery to 60,000 people every year at its music education centre LSO St Luke's on Old Street, across East London and further afield. The LSO is a close partner of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, ensuring students there build strong links with the profession before they graduate. Opportunities include the Guildhall Artist Masters programme in Orchestral Artistry, delivered jointly with the LSO, and a platform at free early evening recitals before selected LSO Barbican concerts. With the formation of its own record label LSO Live in 1999 the LSO pioneered a revolution in recording live orchestral music.