My beloved John Wilson’s very first time on the podium in the Royal Albert was not with his eponymous orchestra—that was in 2009—but, at age 35, conducting the 50-piece BBC Concert Orchestra in their program, “British Film Music“. First up is Sir William Walton’s score from the unseemly gorgeous 1969 war picture Battle of Britain. “Battle in the Air (at 1:30)” is spirited, ravishing and very dramatic. I saw the film first-run in Minneapolis, then again in London and then again in, of all places, Patras, Greece, but it’s the music I remember most.
Yes love, that overtone did seem to go on forever, didn’t it?
Here’s the program:
- “Battle In the Air” from Battle of Britain (1969) / William Walton
- Suite from Anna Karenina (1948) / Constant Lambert
- Prelude from The 49th Parallel (1941) / Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Waltz from Genevieve (1953) / Larry Adler
- Theme from Lawrence of Arabia (1962) / Maurice Jarre
- Suite from The Red Shoes (1948) / Brian Easdale
- March from The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957) / Malcolm Arnold
- Love Theme from Yanks (1979) / Richard Rodney Bennett
- Medley from the Carry On film series (1958-1992) / Eric Rogers (arr Sutherland)
- Overture from Much Ado About Nothing (1993) / Patrick Doyle
- “Shakespeare In Love” from the film (1998) / Stephen Warbeck
- Suite from Wilde (1997) / Debbie Wiseman
- “Chicken Run” from the film (2000) / John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams
- “Shadowlands” from the film (1993) / George Fenton
- “A Bridge Too Far” from the film (1977) / John Addison
- “Harry’s Wondrous World” from the Harry Potter film series (2001-2011) / John Williams
- March from The Dam Busters (1955) / Eric Coates
Cynthia Fleming, leader. Philip Achille, Cynthia Millar, soloists. Maida Vale Singers, chorus. Richard E Grant, host. Appearance by Sir Richard Attenborough.