Oakwood tunes up Dahl coaster
Oakwood Theme Park has enlisted the services of renowned composer and lyricist Nick Hutson to create a unique piece of music for its Roald Dahl inspired rollercoaster.
Flight of the Giant Peach, which opens at the Pembrokeshire park later this year, is part of a number of themed attractions in Dahland. The ride recreates the episode from James and the Giant Peach when James and his insect friends travel from Dover to New York.
“As a fan of Roald Dahl, it’s been an absolute joy to put together this symphonic suite for Oakwood Theme Park’s new Dahland attraction,” said Hutson.
“The composition depicts the flight from Dover in England to New York so I tried to encapsulate that into the music. It represents everything from the grandeur of the giant peach, the evil-ness of Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, the bustling streets of New York and the calm of the British seaside. As with everything Dahl-related, I kept the music quite irregular in its harmonic and melodic patterns as I feel that represents the spirit of Dahl; it’s playful, naughty but great fun!
“I think it’s splendid that Dahl is being represented so beautifully by Oakwood in his birth-land of Wales, and I am thrilled to be part of continuing his legacy,” he added.
Hutson’s previous works include composing the music for the world’s first Ghostbusters laser maze attraction, which opened in Six Flags Mexico in 2015, and subsequently composed music for further Ghostbusters scare maze attractions in the Philippines and Malaysia.
He was the composer for the award winning SubSpecies: The End Games, as well as The Haunting of Molly Crowe at Alton Towers Resort as part of its Scarefest Halloween offering, and has also provided further music for venues and hotels around the resort.