Mike Oldfield’s iconic magnum opus, Tubular Bells, will be performed live at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London this summer, in a season of unique performances that are a prelude to the celebration of the masterpiece’s 50th anniversary in 2023.
Starting August 7th through to August 15th, Tubular Bells – Live In Concert, will feature musical direction from Oldfield’s long-time collaborator Robin A. Smith, with the album performed by an expansive live group. The show will be fully seated.
Robin A. Smith has collaborated with Mike Oldfield for three decades including the iconic performances of Tubular Bells at Edinburgh Castle in 1992, and at the 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony.
The music will also be brought to life with a visual interpretation by the world-renowned Circa Contemporary Circus, who, led by Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz, have previously animated works by some of the most well-known composers in history including Stravinsky and Mozart, with their intricately woven acrobatics. A bold new scenic design will be created for the production by William Reynolds.
“It’s amazing to think that it’s 50 years since I started writing Tubular Bells, and I am touched that my music has reached so many people, all over the world, during that time,” says Oldfield.
“I have worked with Robin A Smith for almost 30 years, since we presented Tubular Bells together at Edinburgh Castle, through lots of different performances and recordings culminating in the London Olympics in 2012. When I started thinking about reinventing Tubular Bells for live performance with dancers and acrobats—and of course live music, it was Robin who I knew could realise this vision. I am thrilled that this is finally coming to the stage and I trust no-one more to reimagine my work in this way.
“I am sure that the 50th anniversary live concert experience of Tubular Bells will be spectacular, theatrical, fantastical and thrilling. I’m so excited it is premiering in 2021, marking 50 years from when I started writing the music and will be touring the world through to 2023, the 50th anniversary of the original album release.”
In 1973, the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall also hosted the first ever live performance of Tubular Bells. Southbank Centre members pre-sale opens on Wednesday January 27 at 10.30am.
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- Mike Oldfield - The Orchestral Tubular Bells - Japanese - vinyl LP - £35.00, $47.95, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 25-Sep-2021 09:39)on September 28, 2021 at 8:10 pm
MIKE OLDFIELD The Orchestral Tubular Bells (1978 Japanese two-part LP performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Bedford & featuring Mike Oldfield on guitar, complete with a Japanese insert & picture obi-strip displaying the green '2 Virgins' logo. The packaging shows only a little faint ageing & the vinyl still looks barely played VIP-6911)
- Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - 180gm - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.40, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 30-Aug-2021 12:19)on September 28, 2021 at 8:10 pm
MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells (2009 UK remastered issue of his classic 1973 LP pressed on 180gm Virgin Vinyl, complete with an MP3 download code voucher, high quality picture sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. This copy has remainedfactory sealed from new in the original custom stickered shrink & is therefore still mint & unplayed)
- Mike Oldfield - Hergest Ridge - Shrink - US - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jul-2021 14:33)on September 28, 2021 at 8:10 pm
MIKE OLDFIELD Hergest Ridge (1974 US 2-track LP on the colour two virgins with dragon label, housed in a heavyweight picture sleeve with a deletion cut and original record company inner. This example remains in the original open shrink and otherwise displays minimal wear, and the vinyl remains in a 'near as new' condition VR13-109)
- Mike Oldfield - Guilty - Blue Vinyl - UK - 12" vinyl - £12.00, $16.44, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jul-2021 14:12)on September 28, 2021 at 8:10 pm
MIKE OLDFIELD Guilty (Limited Edition 1979 UK 12" single pressed on Blue Vinyl, featuring the 4:00 & 6:38 Long Version, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little light edge scuffing, whilst the vinyl appears near as new VS24512)
- Mike Oldfield - The Complete Mike Oldfield - Stickered - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $27.40, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jul-2021 08:09)on September 28, 2021 at 8:10 pm
MIKE OLDFIELD The Complete Mike Oldfield (1985 UK 25-track double LP compilation, including a 12" version of Shadow On The Wall, excerpts from five studio albums, a single version of Etue [Theme From The Killing Fields] & a live disc of previously unreleased material recorded on concert tours from 1981 to '84. The stickered gatefold picture sleeve shows minor shelf wear with a couple of creases & the vinyl is Excellent MOC1)