The sounds of Hogwarts will soon be ringing out in theatregoers’ homes far and wide. A new album, The Music Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, will be released on 2 November.
Presented as four contemporary musical suites – each one showcasing one of the play’s acts – the music is written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap. For the show, Heap received an Olivier Award nomination in 2017 for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
The Music Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will chronologically feature the music heard in the spell-binding stage production, with tweaks designed to transport listeners into the magical world of the play. You can pre-order it here.
Of the announcement, Heap said, “This album is like nothing I’ve ever attempted before.
With over 100 moments of music in the play, the challenge was how to weave them together, and I think it has manifested into a really enjoyable listen, with memories for those who’ve seen the play, musical accompaniment to those with the script of the play or simply just to enjoy the music as a stand-alone album. It is crafted to be listened to in its entirety, taking the listener through different worlds within each suite.”
Based on an original new story by JK Rowling, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child received its world premiere in July 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre. The production won a record-breaking 9 Olivier Awards in 2017, and subsequently opened on Broadway. An Australian production will follow in 2019, along with productions in San Francisco and Hamburg.