The Barbican’s International Associate Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), are set to mark their first year in residence at the world-class arts and learning centre, with a three-day run of events (22-24 October) that includes Mountain – a cinematic and musical odyssey, narrated by Willem Dafoe.

Directed by BAFTA-nominee Jennifer PeedomMountain pictures the soaring heights and atmospheres of the world’s great mountain ranges, with Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and the ACO providing live accompaniment to jaw-dropping cinematography, with music ranging from Antonio Vivaldi to Peter Sculthorpe.

“You never feel so alive, knowing that at any minute, you could die.”

The score will be performed by a team of handpicked ACO musicians, including Tognetti, whose composition was the genesis of this film. ACO continue in the vein of their previous work The Reef in seeking bold and new ways to combine live music and moving image with this UK premiere.

Mountain (PG) will be screened on Tuesday, 23 October and is one of three events that marks ACO’s first year as the Barbican’s International Associate Ensemble. Further performances include Mozart’s Last Three Symphonies (22 October) and Bach, Beethoven, and Bartók (24 October).

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