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The Southwell Collective

Zoe Glossop, oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais Gary Southwell, guitars Sarah Watts, bass clarinet, bass recorder with electronic soundscape by Jon Sampson Jean Epstein’s 1928 masterpiece of this gripping classic story by Edgar Alan Poe is full of suspense and visually stunning. The film also incorporates elements of other Poe short stories, namely ‘The Oval Portrait’ and ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’. The new score for this performance is written and performed by the Southwell Collective with music inspired by quotes found in Poe’s original story which refers to Roderick Usher playing ‘Weber’s Last Waltz’ on the guitar and his ‘wild improvisations’. The waltz is heard and alluded to throughout the film but is transformed to reflect the rising tension as the film reaches its surreal climax. A short new work by Michael McCartney for the film ‘Ghosts before Breakfast’ sets the scene for an evening of suspense.