Great sci-fi movie soundtracks are to be celebrated at a new festival in Nottingham — Soundstage: Music And The Moving Image.

Events will be held at several venues from today (Friday) until Tuesday.

Highlights include the Hallé Orchestra; a screening of cult movie Under The Skin with live soundtrack from the London Sinfonietta; an exploration of silent film sound accompaniments, including Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

Nottinghamshire Family Orchestra will be creating a new score to Georges Meliès’s pioneering silent film under the guidance of composer Richard Davis at the Broadway cinema on Saturday.

There will be a public performance of the score as a live soundtrack to the film before a screening of Back To The Future.

The Hallé will play well-known sci-fi movie music at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, on Saturday, such as themes from Star Wars, Back To The Future and ET.

Broadway is showing Metropolis with an introductory talk by Professor Mervyn Cooke, a world-leading authority on film music, on Sunday. Two key scenes from the film will be given new scores by University of Nottingham students to show how different scoring treatments can affect an audience’s response.