BBC Proms - Prom 38: Film Music Prom

Royal Albert Hall - BBC Proms

With all the turmoils of the week, we travelled to central London on friday. No problems at all - as expected. Over at the Royal Albert Hall, we were attending our next Prom. This one was film music. The firs half was a little sow - for my money a 'film' prom should be bristling with familiarity, and I'm afraid that, at least for us, it wasn't (apart from the odd bit of Hitchcockian music)

The second half started with a bigger bang - Star Wars - always a crowd pleaser, but then it went back into 'pleasant, but what film was this again?' before finishing with a great John Barry medley. During 'Goldfinger' the conductor was camping it up for the audience - and at one point in the Bond medley, all the Cellos got spun.

We got the 'Harry Potter' theme, despite never having seen the films (honestly) - this was instantly recognisable.

The whole thing was enjoyable, but for a 'Film Prom' there needs to be that instant 'snap' of familiarity in my view - and the lack of this let it down somewhat. Of course, this is purely subjective.

The programme for the prom was:

  • Herrmann: Music from The Man Who Knew Too Much, Citizen Kane, and Psycho (18 mins)
  • Ennio Morricone: Cinema Paradiso - theme (7 mins)
  • Walton: Henry V - suite (arr. Muir Mathieson) (21 mins)
  • John Williams: Music from Star Wars, Schindler's List and Harry Potter (14 mins)
  • Jonny Greenwood: Norwegian Wood - suite (arr. Robert Ziegler) (10 mins) BBC Commission, World Premiere
  • Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: Murder on the Orient Express - suite (8 mins)
  • Barry: Out of Africa - Love Theme (7 mins)
  • Various: Music from the James Bond films (10 mins)

Chloë Hanslip violin Rory Kinnear narrator BBC Concert Orchestra Keith Lockhart conductor

The encore was some Enrico Morricone, foreshadowing Prom 39.

The prom is available on iplayer until the evening of the 19th August.

The James Bond theme is available on youtube.