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A Clockwork Orange and Beyond

14 May 2023

In the Concert Hall | Australian Chamber Orchestra | Classical Music

Cult films, synthesisers and an age of innovation, featuring the iconic film scores of Wendy Carlos and more.

A Clockwork Orange and Beyond

Music and image are inextricable in cinema. Blade Runner. SolarisA Clockwork Orange. You see and hear them. Most of all, you remember the way they made you feel.

We go to the movies to explore the innovations that shaped a generation of trailblazing composers and their unique sound worlds for the screen. Joining the ACO is electronic artist Will Gregory, co-founder and member of internationally revered English electronic music duo Goldfrapp, and an ensemble of Moog Synthesisers.

Pioneers Wendy Carlos and Delia Derbyshire opened the floodgates in the 1960s. Carlos interpreted Bach for the electronic age with Switched-On Bach while Delia Derbyshire gave Australian composer Ron Grainer’s theme for Doctor Who its indelible sci-fi sound.

A Clockwork Orange is as much Carlos’s film as Stanley Kubrick’s. Its blend of original composition with synthesised treatments of classical music was audacious and wildly influential. Taking their cue from the innovations of Carlos and Derbyshire, while looking back to Hollywood’s golden age, sits the music of Vangelis, John Williams and Hans Zimmer – some of the most affecting and iconic in cinema.


Wendy Carlos / Johann Sebastian Bach Switched-On Bach: Selections
Olivier Messiaen Oraison
Franz Waxman Sinfonietta: I. Lento – Allegro

And selections from the soundtracks to:

Wendy Carlos 
Tron and A Clockwork Orange

Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire

John Williams 

Hans Zimmer 

Eduard Artemyev / Johann Sebastian Bach 

Delia Derbyshire / Ron Grainer 
Doctor Who


Director & Violin
Richard Tognetti AO 

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
Australian Chamber Orchestra

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra

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