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 - Tubular Bells - 1st [B] - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £40.00, $56.00, €46.00 (New Item) (arrived 03-May-2021 08:51)on May 9, 2021 at 11:00 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells (1973 UK first press second variant vinyl LP on the black & white label design with stamped matrices in the run-offs, the classic instrumental work from Oldfield and the first album to be released on Virgin Records. The fully laminated sleeve shows light shelfwear & age with the labels displaying only a couple of spindle marks while the vinyl is Excellent with just light signs of play. This album took over a year to catch on, so these first early pressings are becoming ever more desirable! V2001)
- Mike Oldfield - Incantations - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £12.00, $16.80, €13.80 (New Item) (arrived 31-Mar-2021 12:36)on May 9, 2021 at 11:00 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Incantations (1978 UK double LP with picture labels, the fourth studio album from Oldfield & first to be divided into more than two movements, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve does show signs of wear whilst the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play VDT101)
- Mike Oldfield - Blue Peter - 1st - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $14.00, €11.50 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jan-2021 10:33)on May 9, 2021 at 11:00 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Blue Peter (1979 UK first pressing green & red label vinyl 7" single, the ending of the title track has a fairly sudden ending whilst on the later issues the ending is more radio friendly, also including Woodhenge, silver 'tall ship' Blue Peter Badge card picture sleeve. The sleeve has little wear with a couple of staple holes, whilst the vinyl remains excellent with the odd light sign of play VS317)
- Mike Oldfield - The Orchestral Tubular Bells - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $21.00, €17.25 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jan-2021 16:23)on May 9, 2021 at 11:00 am
MIKE OLDFIELD The Orchestral Tubular Bells (1975 UK colour 'two virgins with dragon' label LP, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & featuring Mike Oldfield on guitar, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play V2026)
- Mike Oldfield - The Orchestral Tubular Bells - UK - CD album - £8.00, $11.20, €9.20 (New Item) (arrived 18-Feb-2021 12:50)on May 9, 2021 at 11:00 am
MIKE OLDFIELD The Orchestral Tubular Bells (1989 UK 2-track CD issue of the 1975 album, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & featuring Mike Oldfield on guitar, picture sleeve. The sleeve and disc remain in excellent condition CDVP101)