Thursday 13 Jun 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Titus Engel conductor

Martin Smolka En tractantUK premiere

Satie Cinéma: extrait du ballet Relâche suivit d'Entr'acteUK premiere

Martin Smolka Hats in the SkyUK premiere

Live screenings of two silent era films are accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka.

Ahead of the Philharmonia's performance of Gottfried Huppertz's Metropolis at 7.30pm, Music of Today presents two surrealist silent films from the 1920s - Ghosts before Breakfast and Entr'acte. Smolka's humorous, playful music to Ghosts before Breakfast is played live to a screening of the Weimar-era film Vormittagspuk, while to open, the ensemble performs Smolka's new musical response to Entr'acte before taking on Erik Satie's original soundtrack live with the film.

For Smolka, these new works fulfil a 'supporting function that underlines the avant-garde richness of the films.'



  • Tickets: This concert is FREE and unticketed - just walk in
  • Running time: 50 minutes, no interval
  • Concert programme: Free programmes are available upon entry
  • Drinks: You can take drinks from the bar into this evening's performance
  • After the concert: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a live screening of Metropolis (1928), 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall

This concert is part of the Music of Today series