A Conversation with Howard Blake

Let’s get one thing clear. Howard Blake has written plenty besides the music to the The Snowman. The septuagenarian British composer reminds me of this himself in no uncertain terms when we speak; not that I need it: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is doing a good job of that already, having scheduled a concert this September devoted to Blake’s orchestral output.

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RPO Resound – composing lullabies with young refugee and migrant mothers

In June and July 2017, RPO Resound (the Orchestra’s Community and Education Department) and partners Irene Taylor Trust (ITT) are bringing The Lullaby Project – part of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections programme – to the UK for the very first time. Based on a model that has achieved success across the United States with a range of partners including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this UK pilot will work with young refugee and migrant mothers in East London to compose and record personal lullabies for their children.

"Perspective is what makes art so interesting": Academy Award-winning composer, Tan Dun

On Tuesday 27 June a very special artist comes to Cadogan Hall; in Hollywood circles a living legend, a man whose music has been recognised above the work of fellow composer-greats John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone. In 2000 he walked onto the stage at no less an occasion than the Academy Awards to receive the Oscar for Best Original Score for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, an achievement made doubly significant by the fact that the other film scores shortlisted that year included Gladiator, Chocolat and The Patriot.

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