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  1. I'll try! Libby at the LSO has very kindly taken the time to furnish me with some fascinating information about the performance of John Williams's symphony from the LSO archives. Firstly a slight correction to @Harald's post in that the Nottingham performance was actually the day before the London concert and was therefore the first UK performance of the symphony in its extensively revised version. The London concert took place at the Royal Festival Hall the following day on Sunday 9th July 1972 at 7:30 p.m. The programme was as follows: Ralph Vaughan Williams - The Wasps: Overture Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto (soloist: Kyung Wha Chung) Interval John T. Williams - Symphony No. 1 (first performance in London) Allegro Andante sostenuto Maestoso : Allegro : Risoluto Manuel de Falla - Three-Cornered Hat: Dances The programme notes were written by music critic Denby Richards (father of the actor Gavin Richards who played Captain Bertorelli in 'Allo 'Allo ). Here is an extract of the most relevant parts of the programme notes: Happy now?
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    Do you own an album by John Williams the guitarist?

    I believe he composed the music for the Lee Remick film Emma's War (1987), the score for which I have occasionally seen listed incorrectly in filmographies for 'our' John Williams. I saw the opening of the film once and the music credit says something like Music composed & played by guitarist John Williams. EDIT: I hadn't remembered that Doug Willis off of Neighbours was in it.
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    The Classic Commercials Thread

    Unwrap a Sensation from Needlers! And now, new butterscotch!
  4. As Maurizio mentions earlier in this thread, John Williams speaks in Steven C. Smith's excellent Bernard Herrmann biography A Heart at Fire's Center about the London performance of his symphony and clearly refers to the concert having taken place at the Royal Festival Hall in 1972. Williams spoke to the author in 1984, so close enough to the date to make it unlikely that he would have misremembered the venue. As the Royal Festival Hall is on London's south bank, I wonder if the reference to Covent Garden could be the rehearsal venue? Kingsway Hall, where Charles Gerhardt recorded most of his classic film scores series, was a popular venue for concerts, rehearsals and recordings throughout the 1970s and was located just off Kingsway between Covent Garden and Holborn. The building was demolished in the late 1990s and is now the site of a hotel bearing the same name.
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    The Photography Thread

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    The Photography Thread

    A few photos from a football match I went to yesterday in the eighth tier of English football.
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    Elmer Bernstein Thread

    The BBC Concert Orchestra will be premiering The Great Escape live to picture at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 21st September this year. Elmer's son Peter will be conducting. The Great Escape
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    BBC Proms 2019

    The 2019 BBC Proms season was announced today and as always there are plenty of interesting concerts scheduled. There are a couple of concerts of particular interest to film music fans, including a tribute to Warner Brothers from those Proms stalwarts the John Wilson Orchestra. The programme includes some of my favourite pieces of Golden Age film music, The Contstant Nymph by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Treasure of the Sierra Madre by Max Steiner and Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire amongst others. Luckily there will be two performances on 9th August. The Warner Brothers Story The late night Prom a few days before that is a concert of sci-fi film music which looks interesting too (https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/eqhj6q). I have my eye on several other concerts in the season, but would be interested to hear what your top picks would be. BBC Proms website
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    The SPORTS Thread.

    Hiram Boateng's goal for Exeter City against Port Vale yesterday was absolute filth. Four touches starting with Craig Woodman's pass from the halfway line and the ball doesn't touch the ground until it drops into the net. The mistake of putting the Crawley Town badge in the video must be a ploy to scare our next opponents!
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    Some Kind Of Wonderful Vs. Pretty In Pink

    Put me down for Some Kind of Wonderful. "Why didn't you tell me?" "You never asked."
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    Hans Zimmer Appreciation Thread

    I intend to buy this album too after enjoying the World of Hans Zimmer concert at Wembley Arena last Saturday. Although the composer himself was not there in person, he introduced many of the pieces on a big screen before Gavin Greenaway conducted the orchestra and soloists from every part of the world. Lisa Gerrard was there however and reprised her vocals for Gladiator and one or two of the other selections. I particularly enjoyed the suite from The Holiday which I do not think I had heard before but have been humming annoyingly since. This video is from a different venue (Vienna) but with most of the same soloists, including Eliane Correa, Luis Ribeiro, Pedro Eustache, Rusanda Panfili, Lucy Landymore, El Amir, Juan 'Snow Owl' Garcia-Herreros and others.
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    the mstrox thread

    5-0 to England! Good turn out from the Czech fans though.
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    the mstrox thread

    For me - Wembley Stadium this evening for England v Czech Republic, Wembley Arena tomorrow evening for the World of Hans Zimmer.
  14. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and John Mauceri will be performing the same programme over two nights in Edinburgh and Glasgow in November this year! Danny Elfman Gala 🦕
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    Blade Runner will be shown live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in October. The music will be performed live by the Avex Ensemble. Blade Runner
  16. Elfman's violin concerto will receive its London premiere with the BBC Concert Orchestra and soloist Sandy Cameron in April 2020. Bramwell Tovey conducts and the concert also includes Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky. https://www.bbc.co.uk/concertorchestra/events/by/date/2020/04
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    the mstrox thread

    This must be Belgium? 🤔
  18. Many of the major orchestras in the UK announce their concerts for the 2019-20 season around this time, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia. I am excited to see that there will be a live to picture performance of William Walton's score for Henry V on 7th November this year. Frank Strobel will conduct the Philharmonia, one of London's finest orchestras. Henry V The film and score are both bona fide classics, so this could be really good. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.
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    The SPORTS Thread.

    Simon Mignolet, who can't get a look in at Liverpool at the moment?
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    R.I.P. Andre Previn - dies at 89

    Sad news. The first proper orchestral concert I ever attended was conducted by Andre Previn. My year at school was taken because we were learning about Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in music class and the orchestra (I think it was the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) happened to be playing it. As with many things in life that we first experience as children, it was only later when I appreciated what an opportunity it was to see such a world famous musician in the flesh.
  21. Agreed. I have heard the Superman March umpteen times in concert but was lucky enough to hear the Love Theme once, performed by the Philharmonia under the baton of Carl Davis in a film music concert at Watford Colosseum three or four years ago. It really is a superb stand alone piece and should be played far more often than it is. The horn solo that night was played by Katy Woolley, who you might remember played the opening horn solo of Jurassic Park so well in the LSO concert at the Royal Albert Hall last October. Incidentally, on the subject of the title of this new arrangement - it does appear to have three words if one looks closely at the first page of the sheet music in the video as the camera pans over the orchestra. I have paused the video a few times but it is too blurry to make out exactly, although The Journey Home would seem to fit the shape of the words.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    Although it's a couple of months early and the title sounds like it should be the name of a page 3 girl, this is an absolutely wonderful piece of music unknown to me until recently: April - England by the English composer John Foulds. It reminds me of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Arthur Bliss in the central section. Where has this been all my life?!
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    STAR WARS - Live To Projection Concerts

    Neither, actually! The Philharmonia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra are two completely different orchestras, although both are based at London's Royal Festival Hall. The LSO, the LPO and the Philharmonia are the top three orchestras in London and are amongst the finest in the world. Think of them as the top three teams in the Premier League vying for top spot! https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/orchestra/about The Philharmonia has a long history of recording film soundtracks since the 1940s for the likes of Miklos Rozsa, Maurice Jarre, Alan Rawsthorne, Ralph Vaughan Williams, James Newton Howard, George Fenton, Brian Tyler and many more. I have attended several film music concerts given by the Philharmonia and the musicianship has always been excellent, for example in a concert of music from Spielberg films a couple of years ago where there were several John Williams selections. It might not be the LSO but we are in safe hands with the Philharmonia.
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    STAR WARS - Live To Projection Concerts

    Well I’ll be damned! 🤖
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    STAR WARS - Live To Projection Concerts

    I'd love it if the Royal Albert Hall were to announce The Empire Strikes Back live in concert, say - I don't know - tomorrow, for example. That would be really cool, but I don't suppose it would ever happen. Oh well, one can dream... 🤔