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 - Ommadawn - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.60, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jan-2023 10:21)on January 28, 2023 at 11:59 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Ommadawn (Original 1975 UK beige 'two virgins' label LP, the third album from the instrumental genius, including In Dulci Jubilo/ On Horseback. The fully laminated picture sleeve comes with its illustrated credits inner & shows only minor shelfwear, whilst the vinyl has just a few light signs of play V2043)
- Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow + Sleeve - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $12.40, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 21-Dec-2022 09:09)on January 28, 2023 at 11:59 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Moonlight Shadow (1983 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single with green paper labels, also including Rite Of Man, picture sleeve. The delicate sleeve does have some edge scuffing and ringwear, whilst the vinyl remains in excellent condition with only light signs of play VS586)
- Mike Oldfield - Crises - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $14.88, €13.68 (New Item) (arrived 18-Nov-2022 08:41)on January 28, 2023 at 11:59 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Crises (1983 UK 6-track vinyl LP, the sixth album from the musical icon, including the hit Moonlight Shadow. The glossy picture sleeve shows some signs of edge wear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition V2262)
- Mike Oldfield - Exposed - Quad + Stickered Sleeve - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £15.00, $18.60, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 18-Nov-2022 09:36)on January 28, 2023 at 11:59 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Exposed (1979 UK limited edition SQ Quadrophonic double vinyl LP which is fully compatible with regular stereo systems, recorded live in Europe over several nights and featuring performances of Incantations & Tubular Bells. The gatefold picture sleeve has some evidence of shelfwear & age with some yellowing and light creasing visible but retains its original custom-sticker on the front and the original black die-cut company inners, while the two vinyl discs remain inexcellent condition VD2511) **Limited to 100,000 Copies**
- Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow - German - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $24.80, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 25-Nov-2022 16:49)on January 28, 2023 at 11:59 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Moonlight Shadow (Rare 1983 German 2-track 12" vinyl single featuring Extended Version and Rite Of Man, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve has some minor edgewear and a split on the opening, and the vinyl has some signs of play)