Music at GMC
Walt Disney's Fantasia with Jonathan Hope
Fantasia is an innovative and revolutionary animated classic from Walt Disney, combining Western classical music masterpieces with imaginative visuals, presented with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The eight animation sequences are colourful, impressive, free-flowing, abstract, and often surrealistic pieces. They include the most famous of all, Paul Dukas's “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” with Mickey Mouse as the title character battling brooms carrying endless buckets of water. Also included are JS Bach's “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”; Tchaikovsky's “Nutcracker Suite”; dinosaurs and volcanoes in Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring”; the delightful “Dance of the Hours” by Ponchielli with dancing hippos, crocodiles, ostriches, and elephants; and Mussorgsky's darkly apocalyptic “Night on a Bald Mountain.”
Jonathan Hope is quickly gaining a reputation at home and abroad as one of the most dynamic young organists of his generation. Educated at George Abbot School in
his hometown of Guildford, he studied initially with Stephen Lacey, John Belcher and David Sanger, and then at the Royal College of Music, London with Margaret Phillips
and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin.