Omen II

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  1. A couple of photos from this evening's performance of Jaws at the Royal Albert Hall. Those proportions are correct. This is the fifth John Williams film I have seen live to picture there and all of them have been fantastic. It was a dream come true for me to hear this score played live by the BBC Concert Orchestra - Father and Son, Man Against Beast, Three Barrels Under, Blown to Bits were all brilliant. The only real mistake I noticed was that the 'stinger' for the appearance of Ben Gardner's severed head was played a good couple of seconds too early, which at least made me appreciate all the more how much of the shock value of that moment is due to the perfect build-up and timing of John Williams's score. There was a small cheer and spontaneous applause when Brody utters his famous line, "You're going to need a bigger boat", but it was nothing compared to the ovation at the end when he kills the shark ("Smile, you son of a bitch."). There was an instant standing ovation at the end when the orchestra had finished playing, which was well deserved and lovely to see.
  2. There are quite a few videos already on YouTube, including these of Lost and Jurassic World, both including their introductions. Presenter Adam Savage wore a series of amusing costumes throughout the evening if you hadn't already worked that out!
  3. I'm afraid I don't know, @Disco Stu as I am not too familiar with that score. Hopefully other attendees can chime in with the details. For now, here are a few blurry photos courtesy of yours truly until better ones are available. There were more famous directors there than you could shake a stick at, including J. J. Abrams, Carlton Cuse, Pete Docter, Gareth Edwards, Matt Reeves, Andrew Stanton and Colin Trevorrow. Unfortunately Brad Bird's flight was cancelled so he had to send his apologies. Actor Benedict Wong and actress Raffey Cassidy (from Tomorrowland) both said a few words too. Great credit must go to the Cinematic Sinfonia and English Chamber Choir who did a fantastic job with some very demanding music.
  4. Michael Giacchino sang a duet with Gonzo from the Muppets. It was wonderful! What a brilliant concert. There were three encores - Speed Racer, Alias and music from his new score for Coco.
  5. The Photography Thread

    I thought it was Wilford Brimley in a gimp suit. I once played an April Fool’s joke on a work colleague by telling him to call a Mr. C. Lyons regarding a complaint he wished to make. I gave him the number of London Zoo and he actually fell for it. The dawn of realisation on his face when the penny dropped still makes me chuckle to this day.
  6. Because I am sure all of us here can identify it after literally the first note, it seems strange to see random regular folk struggle to identify the Jaws theme in the Royal Albert Hall's cafe bar. The live concerts in London are next weekend.
  7. Roy Budd

    There was a report about this on BBC London News during the week.
  8. Youtube clips

    While I would have preferred to see them dance the American smooth to Desert Chase, Jonnie Peacock and his professional partner Oti Mabuse give a decent stab at a paso doble to the Raiders March on BBC TV's Strictly Come Dancing.
  9. Roy Budd

    This evening I attended the world premiere performance of Roy Budd's score for the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera at the London Coliseum, home of English National Opera. It was arguably the perfect venue for the premiere - I could just imagine Lon Chaney as the Phantom watching on from one of the boxes. I had a nice surprise on arriving when we were upgraded from our balcony seats to seats in the dress circle, much closer to the screen and with a view of the orchestra (which you do not get to see at all from most seats in the balcony). Obviously therefore it was not a sell out, perhaps partly because the tickets in the best seats were rather pricey. Before the film started there was an introduction from Roy Budd's widow Sylvia, who described how the score had come about. It had been scheduled to be premiered at the Barbican in September 1993 with the composer conducting, but tragically he died from a brain haemorrhage just a few weeks before the premiere, so it was never performed. The music is fantastic, very operatic and gothic in places, but with plenty of stylistic touches that anyone familiar with Roy Budd's music would recognise straight away. The score was played by the Docklands Sinfonia, an orchestra formed as recently as 2009 by their conductor Spencer Down. They had a lot of young players and were excellent. I also very much enjoyed the film itself, which I don't think I had ever seen before with the exception of the scary mask removal scene. As I mentioned a few posts above, I hope to hear more of Roy Budd's film music performed in concert. This was the first time I had heard any of his music played live and it is baffling why his music is not played more often.
  10. The evening concert yesterday finished really late, but there are now a few videos of the concert emerging on YouTube. Here is David Arnold playing the guitar in The Name's Bond...James Bond. Listen to those fabulous trumpets!
  11. Damn auto correct! I swear I typed Walliams. Did too!
  12. Who else went to this yesterday (or is going today)? I confess to not having seen the film before so I probably paid less attention to watching the orchestra than I did to watching the film, but both were really good. Before the film started David Arnold was introduced and interviewed by David Walliams, whose Little Britain series is bookended with a fine theme by the composer. This lasted about fifteen minutes before the 84-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and conductor Gavin Greenaway came on stage after a short break. I noticed that the orchestra was beefed up with a few specialist players such as trumpeter Mike Lovatt, a stalwart of the John Wilson Orchestra and one of the best in the business. Some of the dialogue was a bit tricky to hear at times, but that may be due to where I was sitting in the circle directly opposite the screen. Those seats give you the best view of the screen but the sound can be swallowed up a bit, so I would not have objected to subtitles. The music sounded fantastic however, highlights being the extended African Rundown and Miami International chase sequences. David Arnold himself came out unannounced to play the guitar during the end titles. During the opening song, Chris Cornell's vocals were heard but with the music played live by the orchestra. There was an intermission just before the start of the poker game in Montenegro. There were quite a lot of men in the audience wearing dinner jackets and bow ties, I suppose pretending to be James Bond. In the immortal words of Alan Partridge, "Stop getting Bond wrong!"