First-ever performance: Unheard songs from adaptation of A Clockwork Orange at Chorlton Mill

By Jonathan Humphries

Unused songs intended for a stage adaptation of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ are to be performed for the first time in Chorlton Mill tonight.  

The 15 sets of discarded lyrics, penned by Manchester novelist Anthony Burgess, were paired with musical scores by a University of Manchester academic.

Dr Kevin Malone, head of composition at the university, compiled 22 minutes of music for ’50 Years of A Clockwork Orange’, an event marking the notorious novel’s 50th anniversary.

He said: “It was an intriguing puzzle to assemble Burgess’ musical ideas – and the musicians are really digging into them with imaginative ways of performing for the audience.”

The premiere will take place alongside Dr Malone’s cabaret spectacular ‘A Clockwork Operetta’, commissioned by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation last year.

“For fans of Anthony Burgess’s music and songs, A Clockwork Orange will be a unique opportunity to experience his music-hall ultra-violence,” he added.

The musicians will be in costume, with a pianist playing Burgess’ own Boesendorfer grand piano.

Performing are Tim Langston, Metropolitan Opera singer Emily Howard, Paul Cassidy from PianoCircus, violist Cheryl Law and the Manchester Chamber Choir.

Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange takes place at the Engine House in Chorlton Mill between June 28 and June 30.

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