Royal Albert Hall is back with their symphony concerts – this time with a delightfully Christmassy edition.

On December 10, Royal Albert Hall presented Home Alone in Concert. The Cinematic Sinfonia, a professional orchestra and chorus that specializes in live film concerts, played the soundtrack composed by none other than John Williams to the beloved movie projected on a huge screen. The venue was virtually full, and it was truly special to experience a classic with thousands of old and young alike. Home Alone was a great choice for this year’s Christmas film concert as it was nominated for Best Original Song and Best Original Score for the Academy Awards in 1991.

A lover of orchestral concerts, I liked to watch the Cinematic Sinfonia just as much as the movie, especially the violins and conductor, Ben Palmer. I think the synced movement of the bows and the conductor’s passionate moving with the music is just as wonderful as the sound that comes from them. Palmer’s movements during high emotional scenes – whether it was Mrs. McCallister realizing she forgot Kevin or Old Man Marley reuniting with his son – were just as captivating as the movie. There was an especially beautiful moment in the scene where Kevin goes to a church and listens to a chorus. Palmer’s movements matched the conductor in the movie, perfectly blending film and real-life.

The Cinematic Sinfonia was unsurprisingly fantastic. The string instrumentalists have some seriously quick fingers to master Home Alone’s famous staccato notes. The addition of the chorus in the second half was a pleasant surprise, and the hall’s acoustics made the music most pleasing to my ears.

One small suggestion I have is to have the conductor give a small introduction to the soundtrack and composer. No words were spoken in the beginning at all, and even though the production isn’t the most intricate, I think it would be nicer to have some sort of greeting. Nonetheless, I definitely left in a better mood than when I came.

All in all, Home Alone in Concert was the perfect event to put me in the Christmas spirit, and I can’t wait to see what comes to the Royal Albert Hall next year!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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