This documentary tells the story of the Bournemouth Symphony's rise to international acclaim while under the baton of Maestro Constantin Silvestri. Ray Carpenter, the symphony's principal clarinet, shares his memories along with historic materials—photographs, excerpts of musical recordings, newspaper clippings, and programs. Ray provides insight into his own musical coming-of-age as well as musical life during the Silvestri (1961-1969) years. Despite his short tenure with the symphony, Maestro Silvestri managed to transform a provincial band to an orchestra whose performances were praised in and beyond London.
About the Production
I used a Canon VIXIA HD, Final Cut X, and Final Draft for my script. I followed a tip from Aron Ranen (Digital Video Workshops in Los Angeles) to get acceptable lighting from the built-in light on the Canon.
Glen Gould did all the preproduction cleanup of musical excerpts and still images. He used a CEDAR Cambridge audio restoration system and iZotope RX software.
The Bournemouth Library gave Glen and I unlimited access to archival materials. We brought a high-density scanner to England to capture slides, negatives, and the other historic materials.
The Wessex Film and Sound Archive in Winchester transferred many of the recordings from the original deteriorating tapes. They also gave Glen access to the actual tape boxes and Silvestri's handwritten journal of his tape collection. Glen spent countless hours deciphering the handwriting.
About Ray Carpenter
Ray Carpenter is an accomplished clarinetist who performed with the Bournemouth Symphony from 1948 to 1987. His first-hand experiences performing under the baton of Constantin Silvestri are at the center of this documentary. Ray gathered the historic materials and ensured their safe keeping in the Bournemouth Library and The Wessex Film and Sound Archive. He recently published an account of his years with the BSO in Constantin Silvestri, Magician: A View From the Orchestra.