The Cambridge Concert Orchestra will premiere a composition by Tim Brooks (pictured) called “Grantchester Variations,” an homage to Syd Barrett and the band he helped found and inspired by Pink Floyd‘s “Grantchester Meadows.”
The piece “will certainly intrigue Pink Floyd fans and lovers of modern orchestral music,” according to orchestra chairman Jan Mentha. “The harmonies and rhythms evoke the early exploratory Floyd works. So far as the orchestra knows, this the only orchestral ‘tribute’ to the iconic band.”
The orchestra will perform the piece as part of its 50th anniversary concert Saturday, July 8 at West Road Concert Hall.
Brooks, of Cambridge, studied music at York University and gained a teaching qualification in music and drama from Leeds University.
A 1988 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta first owned by David Gilmour will go on the auction block June 30.
The car, purchased by Gilmour in July 1988, is expected to fetch as much as £1 million at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason purchased a similar model at the same time as Gilmour at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, after Floyd’s Modena leg of its Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. The pair are said to have driven them back to the U.K. following their purchase.
List price for the F40 in 1988 was £163,000. Just more than 1,300 were produced.
Though the car can reach a respectable 201 mph, its interior is spartan, sporting a pair of red body contour seats.
A Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gold record for Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” recently sold for $25,000.
The record, signifying $1 million in sales and once owned by Floyd’s Rick Wright, was sold at auction by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. Minimum bid for the item was $20,000. The winner’s identity was not made public.
The framed record included a letter of authenticity from Wright’s first wife, Franka.
Wright’s platinum RIAA album for “The Wall” sold in 2005 for more than $40,000.
Starting with its inception in 1958, an album’s gold status was determined by $1 million in sales. That criterion was later amended to also require 500,000 units sold.
Album platinum status, created in 1976, indicates 1 million units sold.
One of the best-selling records in history, “Dark Side,” ironically, only achieved platinum status in 1990, because it was released three years before the platinum designation.
On June 4, 1998, the RIAA certified it 15× platinum.
Fathom Events offered a similar arrangement for “Roger Waters The Wall” in September 2015. Also originally billed as a “one-night only” affair, in that case, an additional screening was added immediately after the first one concluded.
We’ve posted online last week’s interview with Pierre Dufour, General Director, of Productions Opera Concept MP in Montreal.
Pierre spoke with us about his production of “Another Brick in the Wall,” an opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” The show runs through tonight at Place Des Arts in Montreal, and will come to Cincinnati in 2018.
Last night in Montreal, “Floydian Slip” attended the premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall,” a new opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”
The crowd outside the entrance of Place Des Arts‘ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier theater grew steadily as we approached the 7:30 curtain time. Two or three television camera crews were there reporting on-scene, likely adding to the crowd as passers-by stopped to see what the commotion was.
Roger Waters arrived about 15 minutes before the performance and posed for photos with other production personnel on the red carpet. Inside, Waters sat in the center of the audience, receiving a standing ovation when we was acknowledged from the stage during pre-show announcements.
We enjoyed the show, and imagine other Floyd fans — opera beginners, like us, or otherwise — would, too.