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PHILHARMONIC FRIGHT! 22 Set Piece Orchestra Given Macabre Makeover In Stunning Musical Performance Inspired By The Walking Dead

19 August 2021

Covent Garden Sinfonia recites ‘Walking Dead’ inspired symphony

22 set piece orchestra reveals terrifying new look – inspired by the ‘Walkers’ from hit TV series ‘The Walking Dead’

Macabre makeover unveiled at the red-carpet premiere of Season 11 – as the orchestra perform LIVE!

Star studded event took place at King’s Place in  London to celebrate the final season of The Walking Dead arriving on Star on Disney+ from August 23

The transformation took a painstaking 8 hours to achieve with a team of SFX artists using state-of-the-art prosthetics

Violinist, pianists, cellists and bassoonists performed the theme tune of The Walking Dead, conducted by Artistic Director Ben Palmer

The Covent Garden Sinfonia orchestra was given a macabre makeover with a terrifying look inspired by the hit TV show ‘The Walking Dead’, The 22-set piece orchestra made-up as ‘Walkers’ performed a live stunning symphonic musical performance of the opening theme tune from the series.  

The orchestra took centre stage at the Season 11 premiere which took place at King’s Hall in London, to celebrate the final season of The Walking Dead arriving on Star on Disney+ from August 23rd.



Dressed in ripped and distressed traditional evening coat tails and ball gowns, the orchestra joined the ranks of the walking dead, as a team of specialist SFX artists spent 8 hours creating the look using state-of-the-art prosthetics.

Violinist, pianists, cellists, and bassoonists played LIVE to the opening theme tune, conducted by Artistic Director, Ben Palmer.

The orchestra struck the right chord in front of a star-studded audience, who got to see episode 1 of Series 11 before the rest of the world. 

The Covent Garden Sinfonia are known for their live renditions of famous movie and TV soundtracks and have previously performed John Williams’s Oscar-winning score for the movie ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ at a sold-out performance at the Royal Albert hall.



Artistic Director Ben Palmer said Covent Garden Sinfonia and I have performed lots of music from film and television before, but this is certainly the first time we’ve done it dressed as Walkers. It’s one of our more unusual and exciting challenges yet. We’re great fans of Bear McCreary’s music for The Walking Dead, and we were very happy to have the opportunity to celebrate the launch of the show’s final season at Kings Place tonight.”

The Walking Dead inspired orchestra was met with a roaring applause as they closed the show with a haunting rendition of the famous scores from the show.

Ahead of the screening, diehard fans had the opportunity to win tickets to the exclusive event. Those lucky enough to attend, showcased their love for the show by dressing in cosplay as their favourite characters.

Season 11 of The Walking Dead will be the grand finale of the terrifying TV series and airs on Star on Disney + from August 23. The previous ten seasons of The Walking Dead are all available to stream now on Star on Disney+.



The Walking Dead is an action-packed drama, based on the comic books written by Robert Kirkman. It follows a group of survivors, led by former police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), struggling to survive after a zombie apocalypse. As the world overrun by the dead takes its toll, their interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their survival than the walkers that roam the country. This global smash-hit has built up a legion of fans across the world

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