As we spring into March (see what I did there?) this weekend, there are a number of film music concerts all across the world that deserve your attention. Does this warrant a devoted blog post? Well, yes. Over the years i've noticed many film music enthusiasts write about their dream film music concert, wishing this or that to be performed. However, do these same people actually attend concerts? Orchestras are finding it harder and harder to afford putting film music concerts on these d
The music of Patrick Doyle is anything but nonsense or silly, like Shakespeare's "Hey Nonny Nonny" phrase suggests. It is, however, playful at times. Much like the man himself. Most of Patrick's character is in his music, so naturally this makes for an endlessly entertaining platform for a concert experience.
Anniversaries are often celebrated and whilst some may find it odd to celebrate the anniversary of a death, it's really a good opportunity to reflect on and most importantly celebrate the legacy of the person concerned.
Michael Kamen always deserves to be celebrated and remembered, thankfully this is the case with continued new releases of his music by the soundtrack labels (a very special one is on the horizon!) and better still, a recent concert of Kamen's music perfor
The 10th Syracuse Film Festival takes place on Thursday night in the state of New York. For this anniversary year, Patrick Doyle has been commissioned to write a new score for the classic 1927 silent film starring Clara Bow, IT.
He spoke with me about the challenge and what those attending on Thursday night can expect to hear.
The musical legacy of John Barry is being celebrated by the orchestra that had such a significantly close association with him during his lifetime, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
There are countless recordings to highlight, but one of my favourites is the seminal 1972 album which was simply titled, The Concert. The quality of performance is exceptional and it's also special as it was the first symphonic concert of John Barry'
There is some disappointment that the eagerly anticipated Romeo & Juliet 'twas not to be, perhaps more so as it is a story that cries out for James Horner's style of writing. We do, however have plenty of music to celebrate this milestone of a birthday and the following montage showcases just a mere few of Horner's best moments.
Comments from the man himself, plus Simon Rhodes (producer / score mixer / arranger) and David Pyatt (French horn) flesh out th
I'm sure you've been overwhelmed by the scenes of destruction caused by the Oklahoma tornado. Phil Watkins, author of PASSIONATA - A Film Scoring Chronicle , has set up a film music themed silent auction that fe
John Williams has a particular affinity for the UK. Not just drawing distinct influence from some of its homegrown composers, but by recording many of his classic scores with some of the UK's finest musicians and technicians.
The recent news that The Classical Brit Awards will recognise the Jedi Maestro (FSM Vol.4 No.5) with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the end of the ceremony with a tribute is another suitable salute from his peers, col
Long before Google meant anything else but a reference to sight, Dimitri Tiomkin was socialising with the likes of George Gershwin and Walt Disney - and in person.
Where am I going with this you ask? Well, Google+ Hangout is a nifty online tool where up to 9 persons can speak with one another via webcam, and on Tuesday 7th August at 11am (PDT), 2pm (EDT) and 7pm (BST) the London Sym