Downton Abbey music score and film to listen to and watch

Let me tell you the story of the must listen and watch Downton Abbey music score and film, which are both fascinating! I hope you will watch the film, or at the very least, watch the series listen to the soundtrack!

1. Downton Abbey Film Plot

First of all, it is a 2019 British historical period drama film written by Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of the television series of the same name.

Indeed, the film draws its plot from the Emmy Awarded series.

The film tells the story of a 1927 visit by the King and Queen to the Crawley family’s English country house in the Yorkshire countryside. As the Royal staff comes to Downton, an assassin has also arrived and attempts to kill the monarch. The family and servants pits against the royal entourage, including the Queen’s Lady-in-waiting who falls out with the Crawleys, especially the Dowager Countess, over an inheritance issue.

2. Downton Abbey HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

While the film is ‘a work of fiction’, it does inspire itself from the real history to create the main themes throughout the film.

Both the film and the series are primarily set in the gothic Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England. The castle’s earliest history dates back to 749. Charles Barry, commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon in 1838, creates the castle we see today, with work beginning in 1842. George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon, a British peer, and his wife Lady Carnarvon (born Fiona Aitken) still inhabit the castle.

The film is already released in some countries, while other may have to wait, as per this schedule.  In some places, you may be lucky enough to view it in original version with subtitles.

Now, let me share you a little teaser, hoping it will motivate you to go and watch it!

3. Downton Abbey MUSIC SCORE

Furthermore, the reason why I also advise you to watch it, it is because the music score in itself is a masterpiece. It is a must-listen! The soundtrack to the new feature film Downton Abbey is scored by Scottish composer John Lunn. In a throwback to the ‘Roaring Twenties’, upbeat jazz arrangements appear alongside lavish waltzes, reflecting the popular styles of the day.

John Lunn drew inspiration from the actual story plot to follow the ups and downs of the characters to enhance the drama throughout the film.

Now, I’m sure you are impatient to listen to this BAFTA-nominated soundtrack!

4. downton Abbey themes

When you listen to music, it will strongly remind you of story themes and meanings, which are as follows:

Downton’s Theme: 0:003:26 – Main Theme Song

Branson and Sybil’s Theme: 3:265:12 (short) – A world of their own where there is no class divide

Downton Recurring: 5:127:09 – Drama – with gossip and betrayal

Carson’s Theme: 7:097:27 Carson believes in the old – fashioned ‘proper’ way

Mrs Hughes’ Theme: 7:277:43 – Mrs Hueghes is warm and loving as well as hard-working

Branson and Sybil’s Theme: 7:4312:38 – Portrays Tom’s love for Ireland and Sybil’s kindness and spirit

Bates and Anna’s Theme: 12:3814:33 (short)

Staff 14:33 – 15:16: Display of never-ending work

Whoever and Edith’s Theme: 15:1615:50 (short)

Bates and Anna’s Theme: 15:5018:03 – Symbolises their love even through the pain

Robert and Cora’s Theme: 18:0320:14 – With relation to the Downton theme, it represents tradition & formality

Bates and Anna’s Theme: 20:1421:12 (short)

Downton Recurring: 24:5828:20 – Happiness – Everything good of Downton Abbey

Matthew and Mary’s Theme: 28:2030:51 – Demonstrates Mary’s struggle with herself and Matthews support

Daisie’s Theme: 30:5132:42 – Shows how Daisy constantly wraps herself in her imagination

Violet’s Theme: 32:4234:34 – Highlights scandal and hate of change

Whoever and Edith’s Theme: 34:3435:36 – Spotlights Edith’s fight of her desperate and jealous nature for love

Matthew and Mary’s Theme: 35:3636:15 (short)

Downton Recurring: 36:1537:07 – Purity of misery and regret but with a glimpse of hope

Children of Downton: 37:0737:38 – This reflects Sybbie and George having both lost one of their parents

Matthew and Mary’s Theme: 37:3838:17 (short)

Downton Recurring: 42:1343:55 – Determination – Running away or rushing to fix a problem

Thomas’s Theme: 43:5546:43 – Reveals his turmoil with his dark nature and facing himself

Downton Recurring: 46:4348:51 – Sadness & darkness as the Crawley’s shy away from the truth

Rose’s Theme: 48:5150:17 – Exhibits her thrill from mystery but also dark thoughts of parents

Finally, if you prefer Spotify to Youtube, you can listen to and favourite it there!

Sol y Fiesta International Street Festival in Leucate Village, France (2019)

Sol y Fiesta International Street Festival

First of all, Sol y Fiesta is an international street festival organised every year in Leucate, South West of France during the first weekend of June.

But I have only attended this year’s edition.  Nonetheless, it was a truly enjoyable sunny, lively and busy day with so many people coming all the way from Spain or the surrounding of Leucate to join the Sol y Fiesta festival.

I will obviously share with you what I have recorded rather than the whole programme as I want you to feel part of it!

1. Brass Bands

So, like every year, there are many brass bands playing in the streets. I admit I didn’t film or take many pictures of these, as there are little more commonplace in other street festivals.

However, I did film one, it’s the Latin 66 brass band partnered with World Fusion charity. The Latin Art 66 is a South American music band. The company interprets musical and artistic arrangements by walking down the streets with singers-guitarists, brass and traditional instruments such as Peruvian pan flutes and charango (lute). They keep you dancing and singing until exhaustion!

I hope you enjoy the video!

2. The flying piano

Then, you could enjoy this original set up for an international show parade, i.e a piano up in the air floating while a lady is playing it! This pianist plays live classic and Disney melodies to the enthusiasm of her audience!

Here are a couple of picture and videos I’m sharing with you below.

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3. Las Falleras

Additionally, the pianist is accompanied by ‘Las Falleras’, queens celebrating spring, that come purposefully to the festival all the way from Valencia, Spain. They are all wearing their traditional costumes. 

Las Falleras

4. Les Irréels – The fictionary characters’ theatre company 

Besides these shows, there is this theatre performance created in 2013 consisting of 15 hybrid characters in 12 unique plastic worlds.

The unreal characters are a people parallel to humans; we do not know if it is a millennial civilisation, a futuristic tribe or an unknown species.

Have they lived with us forever without us being able to meet them? Are they the hybrid image of our future mutation?

Their activities are hopes tending towards the world around us. Like the ‘Childhood Pamperer’ who opens the door of our past recklessness, the ‘Absentees’ guide’ who connects us to our disappeared or deceased closed members, the ‘Heart Warmer’ of winters that cuddles our moments of sadness or the ‘Heart Mender’ who repairs our loves, each one of them works for daydreaming and states of being.

In a camp of fifteen huts, the characters evolve in strong and singular plastic universes. This wordless performance happens in the heart of the city and everyone’s daily life, offering a moment hanging on between imaginations and questioning, to connect us to ourselves.

Here is a slideshow showing the different huts and themes. 

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You can view a short video of the absentees’ guide below:

Two main parades close off the Sol y Fiesta day: Pegasus Tale and Constellations – Zodi’act.

5. Pegasus tale parade

Sol y Fiesta festival

Gods and men, Pegasus and those he led to other universes. Towards Cassiopeia, towards Aldebaran, he is apparently a great white horse … Pegasus, the messenger of the Olympus Gods. Pegasus, with silver wings, leading forgotten stars to other constellations…

Open your eyes! Look at the sky! Watch them come over…

A light and airy dancer … a metallic sky like wings … divine Diva, Cassiopeia leading the stellar parade of Pegasus and its stars.

The crew for this parade show is made of 1 driver, 2 technicians, 1 acrobat, 1 lyrical singer on self-propelled structure, 2 waders, 2 percussionists, 1 dancer, 1 director.

6. Constellations – Zodi’Act

Finally, discover an aerial universe combining beauty and grace in a ballet of air inflated and aerial animals that will surprise you … The 12 constellations of the Zodiac are represented carried by men in the form of air and aerial inflated giants.

This parade is filled with poetry, impressive volumes and technicians with shimmering costumes.

Give free rein to your dreams as the Constellations go by!

To finish off, along the way to these last parades, there are lots of open shops, restaurants and stalls with items on sale like the ones below.

Sol y Fiesta festival