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  1. The Jurassic Park theme played in Peterborough Cathedral, the resting place of Katherine of Aragon (Henry VIII's first wife) and Mary, Queen of Scots.
  2. I was pleased to see that someone has uploaded to YouTube the full BBC Proms concert of Leonard Bernstein's On the Town recently. Some Other Time is at about 1:52 and is a lovely rendition.
  3. I went to a great BBC Proms concert yesterday in which every piece pertained to the sea. The undoubted highlight was Ralph Vaughan Williams's Sea Symphony in the second half, but the first half also featured two works by British female composers which deserve to be heard more often. Before Grace Williams's Sea Sketches, the concert opened with Doreen Carwithen's Bishop Rock. Carwithen would later marry film composer William Alwyn following a lengthy clandestine affair. The concert will be broadcast on BBC TV tomorrow evening (Friday) for anyone interested.
  4. If you are able to watch BBC TV or have access to the BBC iPlayer, I thoroughly recommend the broadcast of Prom 2 from this season's BBC Proms at 20:00 this evening on BBC Four. I went to the concert last night and it was fantastic - a programme of music from the Sinfonia of London under John Wilson, including Arnold Bax's Tintagel and William Walton's Partita for Orchestra. The concert was bookended by Ralph Vaughan-Williams's Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations and I will be very lucky if I ever hear either piece played better. Huw Watkins, whose entertaining flute concerto we heard performed by Adam Walker, was in the audience. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0019dsf
  5. The Liquidator by Lalo Schifrin, with none other than Shirley Bassey singing the title theme.
  6. I am sure there are loads I could come up with, but a few off the top of my head are: The Outlaw Josey Wales (Jerry Fielding) Hell in the Pacific, The Manitou, Prime Cut, Charley Varrick and Starsky and Hutch (Lalo Schifrin) Flight of the Navigator (Alan Silvestri) Terror Out of the Sky (William Goldstein) Day of the Triffids (Christopher Gunning) Airport 1975 (John Cacavas) At the Earth's Core (Mike Vickers)
  7. Thank you for the reminder, @Yavar Moradi Although money is tight at the moment, I owe it to Benny on his 111th birthday to help bankroll a recording of the score to the film in which he appears. It's what the old curmudgeon wouldn't have wanted. To Lenny! To Benny! I attended a BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago in which the overture from The Man Who Knew Too Much was played. Keith Lockhart played Herrmann that day but they missed a trick by not having a shooter in one of the grand tier boxes.
  8. There are quite a few tickets in the circle in the range of £50 to £60 for most of the performances. The Royal Albert Hall does not permit tickets through resale sites (it is in their terms and conditions) so you are taking a risk if you opt for a resale website. "Tickets sold via third parties and other unauthorised outlets, including online auction sites, are not valid for admission. Reselling a ticket makes it void and the ticketholder may be refused entry." However, what I would do (and you might consider) is to buy a gallery standing ticket for £25. That gives you the guarantee of knowing that you are 'in' and will have a perfectly decent view - albeit up in the gods - at worst. I saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from the gallery and have watched Proms concerts from there too and it is absolutely fine. You will almost always find that other tickets in the stalls, boxes and arena become available at 'normal prices' within a couple of weeks leading up to the concert, so assuming that happens you just need to hold your nerve, keep checking the website nearer the time and buy a better seated ticket. That way you have only lost £25 at worst.
  9. I completely understand the reasons behind the need to curtail the end titles (it was quite late when the film finished) but it would have been really nice to hear the concert version of the Love Theme as an encore. It would have rounded things off nicely.
  10. Ha! You’ve made my day - those were the very cards! I don’t know what happened to them but I wish I’d kept them.
  11. One of my earliest memories is of being taken by my Dad to watch this film when it was first released. At the time sweet shops were selling bubble gum with Superman trading cards (anyone else remember those?) and my Dad used to buy me a pack as a weekly treat. I would give the bubble gum straight to my older siblings and keep the trading cards, for which I had learned all the captions before seeing the film. As you can tell, I have been middle aged since infancy. I remember my Dad telling us to be quiet during the film as my brother and I were calling out the captions from the trading cards at the appropriate point in the film - "Paying a call on Lois Lane!" and "A world torn asunder!", etc. I am sure I had no idea what the word 'asunder' meant, but I have always associated it with Jimmy Olsen taking photographs on a dam, even though it was probably for the destruction of Krypton. My Dad would use the phrase 'paying a call' as a euphemism for going to the toilet, so that caption in particular always amused me. It was nice to attend yesterday with my brother, with whom I had watched the film all those years ago. It was only the second time either of us had seen the film on the big screen. In the box immediately next to us was a little boy who was seeing the film for the first time, with his father who must have been about the same age as me. The little boy was being comforted by his father during the scary parts but would break out into applause when Superman rescued Lois Lane or Air Force One. It was really sweet. There were a few Supermen in the audience, the best of which I managed to snap from afar with his Lois Lane.
  12. Jim has missed a trick by not calling this A Gathering of Fiends.
  13. I have always been rather partial to the (still unreleased ) source cue which plays in the pool hall in Earthquake, heard from about 1:50 in this clip. Check out that Hammond organ. I think it's beautiful! I've said it before and I'll say it again. John Williams must be forced - at the point of a pool cue, if necessary - to compile his 1970s source music cues from the likes of The Eiger Sanction, Earthquake, Cinderella Liberty, The Fury, Superman and others into a lavish double CD groove fest.
  14. I listened to John Ireland’s Epic March, partly to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee weekend but mostly because it’s - how you say in English? - an epic march.
  15. Yes, that was the one - in October 2007. There was also a 60th birthday concert with the LSO at the Barbican in 2013.
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