Hollywood star Sir Anthony Hopkins is adding a new string to his bow by releasing his first collection of classical works.
The Silence of the Lambs star has long worked on his own compositions and has previously scored the music to some of his films.
Now he is to release a CD of his music, some of which dates back to jottings from childhood.
The star – who won an Oscar for his performance as serial killer Hannibal Lecter – joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) on stage in the summer to introduce a concert of his tunes.
Now the recording of the performance – at Birmingham Symphony Hall – will be released by radio station Classic FM.
Anthony Hopkins – Composer features nine compositions, including music from his films August and Slipstream, which he scored. Sir Anthony was a promising pianist as a child, taking lessons from the age of six, and recording his thoughts on manuscripts. He learned about orchestration from one of his father’s encyclopaedias as a child.
Violinist Andre Rieu recorded his tune And the Waltz Goes On earlier this year, the title track of his most recent album.
Sir Anthony said: “For years I mused and dreamt about turning my scribbled thoughts and bursts of melody into pieces of work to be performed by a full orchestra and to see this dream turn into a reality through working with CBSO and now Classic FM is something I treasure very much.”
The album comes out on January 16.