Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut ‘Quartet’ honoured the Musicians Benevolent Fund with a preview screening at the Odeon West End and at cinemas across the country on Tuesday 11 December.
It was an evening of glitz and glamour as actors and opera stars graced the red carpet in Leicester Square to enjoy the new film before its general release on the 1 January.
On arrival guests including Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay and Sheridan Smith were treated to a special performance by classical pop quartet Amore, and Classical Brits 2012 Best Female Artist Nicola Benedetti praised the work of the Musicians Benevolent Fund in an introduction broadcasted to cinemas throughout the UK. The film was followed by a Q&A with the cast and playwright Ronald Harwood, who shared their enthusiasm for growing old disgracefully and first day nerves at working alongside some of Britain’s acting royalty.
The film is the story of lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Reggie (Tom Courtenay), together with former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins), who are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired musicians. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi's birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet and also Reggie's ex-wife, moves into Beecham House, the plans for the concert start to unravel.
Watch the trailer and view clips from the red carpet