Monday, 23 June 2014

Concert: Family Film Favourites 2 - the Sequel - Feedback

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Another great night of film music delighted an audience young and old on Saturday evening and here are a few comments we have received. The first from Gary Wilson from Autism Concern who is already looking forward to working with us again next year.

"On behalf of the members and trustees’ of Autism Concern I would like to thank you for all the hard work that you put into making Saturday’s event so enjoyable. Please pass on our thanks to all the band members for a wonderful show."

Gary Wilson, Fundraising Manager, Autism Concern

"We all had a wonderful evening last night at the Family Film Favourites concert - you were awesome! Looking forward to next year's!!!"

G. Price

"Thanks for a really great evening. It has inspired me to keep on with the clarinet practice! :)"

Shan Goodridge
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Family Film Favourites 2 - Programme - 21st June 2014

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Programme Overview

Luftwaffe March
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Love Theme from The Godfather
James Bond Selection
Don't Cry For Me Argentina
Aladdin
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest

Interval

633 Squadran
The Lion King
Skyfall
Toy Story 2
Star Trek
Titanic
Sweeney Todd
Frozen
Conducted by Stephen Bell

Luftwaffe March (Battle of Britain - 1969)
Ron Goodwin
Arr. Desmond Walker
We kick-off tonight’s concert with Ron Goodwin's "Luftwaffe March" for the 1969 film Battle of Britain. The "Luftwaffe March", later re-titled "Aces High", is in the style of a traditional German military march in 6/8 time.
The march has become a popular British march tune, like the Dambusters March; an adaptation was first played by a British military band in 1974 by the Corps of Drums of the Royal Pioneer Corps and is now frequently played at military parades and by marching bands throughout the UK.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
John Williams
Arr. Victor Lopez
This was the third and final score in the Harry Potter series to be composed by John Williams. This film's music is not as bright as that of the previous films, with distinct medieval influences in the instrumentation.
One of the new themes, "Double Trouble," was written during production so that a children's choir could perform it in Hogwarts's Great Hall in one of the film's earlier scenes (accompanied by giant toads).
The lyrics of "Double Trouble" are from a ritual performed by the ‘Weird Sisters’ in Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Macbeth.“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
Hedwigs Theme | Hagrid the Professor Double Trouble | A Window To The Past 

Love Theme from The Godfather (1972)
Nino Rota
Arr. Robert Longfield
The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema and as one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre.
Nino Rota's score was removed at the last minute from the list of 1973 Academy Award nominees when it was discovered that he had used the love theme in Eduardo De Filippo's 1958 comedy Fortunella. Despite this, The Godfather Part II won a 1974 Oscar for Best Original Score although it featured the same famous love theme that made the 1972 score ineligible.

James Bond (Selection)
John Barry
Arr. Johan de May
Born in York in 1933, John Barry Prendergast wrote the scores to the award winning films Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa in a career spanning over 50 years. He is probably most famous though for his work on the James Bond franchise.
John Barry was brought in to arrange the “James Bond Theme” composed by Monty Norman for Dr No (1962) and went on to compose the soundtracks for eleven more James Bond films. As well as the film scores he also wrote the title songs for Goldfinger (“Goldfinger” 1964) and Octopussy (“All Time High” 1983). This selection includes all these and “For Your Eyes Only” (1981) by Bill Conti and Mick Leeson.

Don’t Cry for me Argentina (Evita - 1996)
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Arr. Michael Sweeney
Written for the 1978 musical Evita the song was sung by the title character Eva PerĂ³n, it was titled "It's Only Your Lover Returning" before Rice settled on the eventual name.
It was not until 1996 that Evita came to the big screen. Alan Parker directed the film with Madonna in the title role. Madonna received mixed reviews but received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance.

Aladdin (1992)
Alan Menken
Arr. John Moss Composer Alan Menken and songwriters Howard Ashman and Tim Rice were praised for creating a soundtrack that is "consistently good, rivaling the best of Disney's other animated musicals from the '90s." Menken and Ashman began work on the film together, with Rice taking over as lyricist after Ashman died in early 1991. Although fourteen songs were written for Aladdin, only six are featured in the movie, three by each lyricist.
Arabian Nights | One Jump Ahead | Wedding Announcement | A Whole New World | Jafar’s Hour | Prince Ali | On A Dark Night | Friend like Me | Happy Ending 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Alan Menken
Arr. Calvin Custer
The 34th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. The plot centres on Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and his struggle to gain acceptance into society.
The Bells of Notre Dame | Out There | Topsy Turvy | God Help the Outcasts | Hellfire | The Bells of Notre Dame (reprise) 

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Hans Zimmer
Arr. Jay Bocook
This highly anticipated sequel was the biggest movie of the year and features an exciting and dramatic soundtrack from the pen of Hans Zimmer, plus familiar themes from the first movie.
Jack Sparrow | The Kraken | Davy Jones | I've Got My Eye On You | Wheel Of Fortune 

INTERMISSION

633 Squadron (1964)
Ron Goodwin
Arr. Goff Baldwin
This British film depicts the exploits of a fictional WW2 British fighter-bomber squadron. While critics derided the wooden acting and hackneyed plot, the aerial scenes were considered spectacular, and with Ron Goodwin's music, remained the main attraction.

The Lion King (1994)
Elton John, Hans Zimmer
Arr. Calvin Custer
Lyricist Tim Rice, who was working with composer Alan Menken on songs for Aladdin, was invited to write the songs and accepted on the condition of finding a composing partner. As Menken was unavailable, the producers accepted Rice's suggestion of Elton John. John and Rice wrote five original songs for this film additional music was written by Hans Zimmer.
This Land | Circle Of Life | To Die For | Be Prepared | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Hakuna Matata | I Just Can’t Wait To Be King 

Skyfall (2012)
Adkins & Epworth
Arr. Jay Bocook
Written for the 23rd James Bond film by British singer-songwriter Adele and her regular collaborator Paul Epworth the song was released online at 0:07am BST on 5 October 2012, a day dubbed "James Bond Day" by the producers as it marked fifty years to the day of the release of Dr. No.
The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was the first time a Bond song had won, and only the fourth time one had been nominated. "Skyfall" also won the Brit Award for Best British Single at the 2013 BRIT Awards.

Toy Story 2 (1999)
Randy Newman
Arr. Jay Bocook
For the sequel to the 1995 film Toy Story Randy Newman wrote two new songs for Toy Story 2 as well as the complete original score: "Woody's Roundup" and “When She Loved Me" which was nominated at the Academy Awards in 2000 for Best Original Song.
The film also carried over one song from Toy Story, "You've Got a Friend in Me”.
This selection features all three songs from the film. (Listen out for the flutes performing Jesse’s signature yodel and the trumpet performing Bullseye’s neighing during “Woody’s Roundup” theme tune) 

Star Trek (2009)
Michael Giacchino
Arr. Jay Bocook
Giacchino admitted personal pressure in scoring the J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek film, as "I grew up listening to all of that great [Trek] music, and that's part of what inspired me to do what I'm doing. You just go in scared. You just hope you do your best. It's one of those things where the film will tell me what to do.”
To Boldly Go | Enterprising Young Men | End Credits 

Titanic (1997)
James Horner
Arr. Calvin Custer
Directed by James Cameron, Titanic became the highest grossing film of all time in 1998 and remained so for 12 years, until Avatar (2010), also written and directed by James Cameron.
James Horner additionally wrote the song "My Heart Will Go On" in secret with Will Jennings because Cameron did not want any songs with singing in the film. Horner waited until Cameron was in an appropriate mood before presenting him with the song. After playing it several times, Cameron declared his approval.
Southampton | Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch | Hard to Starboard | My Heart Will Go On 

Sweeney Todd (2007)
Stephen Sondheim
Arr. Stephen Bulla
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 musical horror film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film in Burton's directing career not to include music composed by Danny Elfman (the first being Ed Wood.). It is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning 1979 musical of the same name and re-tells the Victorian melodramatic tale of Sweeney Todd, an English barber and serial killer who murders his customers with a straight razor and, with the help of his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, processes their corpses into meat pies.
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd | A Little Priest | My Friends | Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir | Not While I’m Around 

Frozen (2013)
Christophe Beck, Kirsten Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Arr. Stephen Bulla
Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale The Snow Queen this Disney animated film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter.
Frozen won two academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go").
Frozen Heart | Let It Go | Do You Want to Build a Snowman | For the First Time in Forever | Epilogue.
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