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This is the most incredible music story of the millennium. We have found beautiful, unpublished, unrecorded music by some of the greatest composers ever.

 

In the vast archives of the Vatican lies a collection of music, dating from the chants of the Catacombs right through to modern times. This includes music by many of the world’s greatest composers: Vivaldi, Verdi, Haydn, Bellini, Scarlatti, amongst others.

 

We have spent several years researching this astonishing trove and negotiating access to film rights. Some music has not been heard for over a thousand years. 

 

With our agents at CAA, we intend to ‘cast’ famous musicians, think Lady Gaga, Sting or Ed Sheeran, to host an episodic series about this amazing discovery.  

 

Using a mix of observational documentary, dramatic reconstructions and musical performances, the series will track our hosts as they uncover stories of heartbreak, scandal, murder and love. Through this process, we learn as much about the artist as the history of the music.

For the first time ever, the music will be performed in a grand concert, to be broadcast around the world.

TEAM

​​Vanessa Bolton

Vanessa grew up in Rome. Her family is well integrated in Italian society and many of the people who have helped with this project she has known for years. She started her career in Kathmandu, setting up a theatre troupe for Amnesty International. She then returned to Rome to work as AD on a number of feature films shooting across Europe including Stealing Beauty (Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci), A Month By The Lake (Dir: John Irving,) Double Team (Dir: Tsui Hark) before relocating to London to work with Lord Grade at The Grade Company, based in Pinewood Studios. Vanessa has produced dozens of programmes for commercial and NGO clients broadcast on major networks including CNBC, CNN, Euronews and Star TV Asia.  She has filmed in 60 countries including unusual areas like Beirut, the Arctic Circle and both sides of the Kashmir border.

Wally Wilson

Wally is an American record producer, songwriter, concert promoter, musician, and impresario of Skyville Live. Similar to Kris Kristofferson’s stint as a janitor at Columbia Recording Studios years earlier, Wilson began working in Nashville as a janitor at Tree (now Sony) Publishing Company. He established himself as an award-winning producer and hit songwriter well before he created Skyville Live, his Emmy award winning internet and then television show  currently running on CMT/Viacom. Wilson has been given multiple ASCAP and BMI awards throughout his songwriting career, a GRAMMY Award nomination for his groundbreaking work with legendary folk artist Joan Baez, and multiple platinum and gold records as a producer.

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