• Headshot of Benjamin Pope

    Benjamin Pope

  • Ex Cathedra on stage at Symphony Hall

    Ex Cathedra


Welcome to the multi-Academy Award® winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus on a vast HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live in-sync by your City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Ex Cathedra choir.

Winner of 8 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Milos Foreman’s sumptuous Amadeus is an aural and visual treat for all the senses.

Adapted from Peter Shaffer’s original stage play, Amadeus the motion picture, stays true to its origins highlighting the contrast between, as Shaffer himself described, “the sublimity of his [Mozart] music and the vulgar buffoonery of his letters” which, “read like something written by an eightyear-old.”

“Amadeus weaves a beautiful, tragic fable, enchanting to children and adults alike. It has gore, a pact with God, celebrity, a masked stranger, murder and some of the best music ever written. What other film offers half as much?” (The Guardian). A presentation of the film ‘Amadeus’ - 1984, produced by the Saul Zaentz Company and directed by Milos Forman. Based on the original screenplay by Peter Schaffer. Features the musical score to the Film performed live by a symphony orchestra, choir and piano soloist, in sync to the full High Definition (including titles, credits and copyright notices) theatrical version of the Film.

This is the first time that the original 1984 version of the Film has been realised in Digital High Definition. The film shown is the original PG-rated Theatrical Release, not the R-rated Directors Cut.

Amadeus LIVE is a production of Avex Classics International.

This performance will be shown with subtitles in English.