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Hopkins to release classical album

Published 14/12/2011 | 15:12

Sir Anthony Hopkins is releasing a CD of classical music
Sir Anthony Hopkins is releasing a CD of classical music

Sir Anthony Hopkins is adding a new string to his bow by releasing his first collection of classical works.

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The Silence Of The Lambs star has long worked on his own compositions and has previously scored the music to some of his films.

Now he is to release a CD of his music, some of which dates back to jottings from childhood.

The star - who won an Oscar for his performance as serial killer Hannibal Lecter - joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) on stage in the summer to introduce a concert of his tunes.

Now the recording of the performance - at Birmingham Symphony Hall - will be released by radio station Classic FM.

Anthony Hopkins - Composer features nine compositions, including music from his films August and Slipstream, which he scored.

Sir Anthony was a promising pianist as a child, taking lessons from the age of six, and recording his thoughts on manuscripts. He learned about orchestration from one of his father's encyclopaedias as a child.

Violinist Andre Rieu recorded his tune And The Waltz Goes On earlier this year, the title track of his most recent album.

Sir Anthony said: "For years I mused and dreamt about turning my scribbled thoughts and bursts of melody into pieces of work to be performed by a full orchestra and to see this dream turn into a reality through working with CBSO and now Classic FM is something I treasure very much."

The album comes out on January 16.

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