London Symphony Orchestra: A Life in Film

London Symphony Orchestra presents a celebration of film music

Saturday 4 April 2009, 7.30pm, Barbican
No, I was not aware of this concert when I wrote the previous blog post about the recent re-release of the music from the Indiana Jones film series. However, THIS is a great way to celebrate film music.

Join the London Symphony Orchestra, and composers Patrick Doyle and Trevor Jones for a celebration of film music, drawn from the films for which the LSO recorded the original soundtracks. The LSO is one of the world's foremost film music orchestras and has a long history in film music - 75 years-worth of film scores recorded in fact, including some of the biggest: Star Wars (all six), Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter II and IV; and earlier ones such as Blithe Spirit, 49th Parallel, Brief Encounter, Dangerous Moonlight and even the very first commercially produced soundtrack, for Alexander Korda's Things to Come.

The LSO is delighted to be joined during the concert by Patrick Doyle and Trevor Jones, and from Los Angeles via specially-recorded video interviews, John Williams and James Horner. The evening will be hosted by UK film music specialist and broadcaster Tommy Pearson, and conducted by veteran film soundtrack conductor Harry Rabinowitz, who conducted several film scores with the LSO including Return to Oz and Lord of the Flies.

The London Symphony Orchestra has been, I think, the greatest contributor to film music of any orchestra in the world. I’ve had a great association with them of which I’m so proud and I hope you will join the Orchestra and celebrate with them on 4 April’ - John Williams, film composer

JOHN WILLIAMS Superman March
BLISS Things to Come
TREVOR JONES The Dark Crystal
ADDINSELL Warsaw Concerto
PATRICK DOYLE Harry in Winter from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
JOHN WILLIAMS Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Prelude to 49th Parallel
WALTON ARR. MATHIESON Charge and Battle from Henry V
JOHN WILLIAMS Star Wars suite

Harry Rabinowitz conductor
Tommy Pearson presenter

Pre-concert talk, 6pm, Barbican Hall
Join Tommy Pearson is joined by film composers Trevor Jones and Patrick Doyle as they discuss their music and writing for film. There will be a chance to ask questions, so come prepared! Free entry.

To see what John Williams has to say about the 4 April concert: To find out more about the LSO and film music, please go to:

Tickets to Barbican concerts: £7 - £32
Secure online booking at (£1.50 booking fee)
Box office: 020 7638 8891 open 9am – 8pm Mon-Sat, 11am – 8pm Sun (£2.50 booking fee)
In person at the Advance Box Office in the Barbican centre
(Mon-Sat 9am – 9pm; Sun 12pm – 9pm)


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