Music from one of the most iconic back catalogues of all time – including Thunderbirds, Space: 1999, Captain Scarlet and UFO – will be celebrated in a special one-off concert at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Saturday 16 April 2022.
The timeless soundtracks from the TV shows of legendary producer Gerry Anderson MBE – with music by renowned composers like Barry Gray, Richard Harvey and Crispin Merrell – will be brought to life throughout the evening by a full symphony orchestra and guest singers depicting the iconic landscape of music, sounds and themes that defined an era.
Gerry’s earliest works such as The Adventures of Twizzle, Torchy the Battery Boy and Four Feather Falls will also be featured, as well as Terrahawks, Space Precinct and his final production, New Captain Scarlet.
The themes and incidental music will be presented alongside visuals from the series and films including newly produced, specially restored and previously unseen footage.
Stand By For Action! Gerry Anderson in Concert will be hosted by Jon Culshaw – who provides the voices for characters including Parker and Jeff Tracy in Anderson Entertainment’s Thunderbirds audio stories.
It will mark the first time that the complete, career-spanning collection of film and music has been performed live in concert.
“I cannot wait for fans to enjoy this exciting, nostalgia-packed and varied evening of iconic tunes with a full video backdrop,” commented Jamie Anderson, director of Anderson Entertainment. “The concert will feature exclusive footage and newly restored colour and high-definition content. This truly is an epic journey not to be missed.
“The city of Birmingham has played such an important part in the creation of my father’s work, which many people maybe aren’t even aware of, so I can’t think of a better venue than Birmingham’s incredible Symphony Hall to host this special evening.”
The puppet of Aloysius Parker from Thunderbirds was created in Birmingham by John Blundall, one of Britain’s foremost puppet masters and designers.
In addition, the original sound effects for many of Gerry Anderson’s TV productions were created in Birmingham by Grosvenor Road Studios (formerly Hollick & Taylor Studios). Grosvenor Road Studios – where one of the studios is called the Thunderbird Suite – is now the home of B:Music’s Associate Artists Black Voices.