Cathedral Chorister Francis Bamford has recently recorded as soloist on the sound track for the new film Exodus: Gods and Kings. The upcoming Biblically inspired epic is directed by Ridley Scott and written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, Steven Zaillian and Jeffrey Caine. The film stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and Sir Ben Kingsley. It is an interpretation of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt that was led by Moses and related in the Old Testament Book of Exodus. The film will be released in the UK on Friday 26 December. It has been classified 12A by the British Film Institute.
The music is by Alberto Iglesias, previously known for his collaborations with Pedro Almodovar, and the soundtracks to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener, and The Kite Runner. The music was recorded in Studio 1 at Abbey Road, famous for its connection with a host of musicians – from Sir Thomas Beecham and Elgar to The Beatles and beyond. Francis was there on the final day of recording, which was followed by a champagne reception (although not for Francis!), and attended by eminent industry people such as the Head of Music for Fox Studios Los Angeles, who was full of praise for Francis’s singing and musicianship. Alberto himself was delighted, and wrote on Francis’s score ‘Thank you Francis -you are incredible!’
Francis has been absent from the Choir for several weeks as he has, excitingly, also had the opportunity to sing the role of Miles in Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw at Opera de Toulouse in France. The world class production was been conducted by David Syrus of the Royal Opera, with an international cast of soloists. Performances took place in the last week of November.
The Cathedral choir are all delighted that one of our leading choristers has been chosen to play such a prominent and demanding role for such a prestigious opera company. Although we missed Francis very much while he was away, we are very pleased that he did so well and enjoyed himself whilst flying the Canterbury flag in the south of France.
Master of the Choristers, David Flood
Hard-working Francis is now back at the Cathedral and preparing for the choir’s busy Christmas schedule.