John Wilson and his orchestra return to the Proms in a celebration of the Hollywood film scores that Wilson describes as ‘literally unsung’ and a medley of theme songs from otherwise non-musical movies. Featuring soprano Venera Gimadieva and vocalists Matthew Ford and Jane Monheit.
Connecticut-born child prodigy Alfred Newman’s ‘Street Scene’, from 'How to Marry a Millionaire', contrasts with the music of Jewish émigrés Erich Korngold, Max Steiner and Franz Waxman, with suites from Korngold’s swashbuckling score for Robin Hood, Steiner’s nostalgic music for Casablanca and Waxman’s brooding score for 'A Place in the Sun' – all of them Academy Award-winners – making for a red-carpet event at the Royal Albert Hall.
(Note: at 5.45pm in the Royal College of Music there is a Proms Plus Literary event. Film composer Debbie Wiseman and writer David Benedict talk to Matthew Sweet about the ways in which film-makers have created mood with music from the very first days of silent film to the contemporary CGI blockbuster.)