Next Friday I'm doing a special programme with Simon Mayo and the BBC Philharmonic about movie music and I'm down to play the harmonica on the theme from Midnight Cowboy. In this post I try out with conductor Robert Ziegler and you'll see just what a fine mess I have got myself into...

You can download the Film Music Roundtable with Mark Kermode, Simon Mayo, Paloma Faith, Andrew Collins, Robert Zeigler and Richard Wigley as a bonus Kermode & Mayo podcast. You'll be able to watch the programme with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on the 5 live website from 2pm on Friday 10 June.


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  • Comment number 31. Posted by Coup Attempt

    on 12 Jun 2011 11:49

    Listened to the shows built around this proposition yesterday. And while I'd be descending to the hyperbolic to say I was massively disappointed, I can't help but think "what a missed opportunity". The process used to arrive at the selections (Paloma (?) Faith? Who?), I think demonstrated shallow limit of the panel's knowledge. None was this more manifest when a score conducted by one of its members was picked, and another assumed Mark Goldblatt (it was Brad Fiedel BTW) composed the Terminator theme and that score for Terminator II was orchestral. There is more to film soundtracks music than John Williams grandiose pillaging of the classical back catalogue and Danny Elfman's single "umpah umpah (choral bit) umpah umpah (choral bit) he's happily regurgitated for the last 30 years. I suppose, given the narrow criteria you used - orchestral only, nothing electronic or choral, the end result was pre-ordained. Which is a pity. Perhaps next time you won't hamstring your selections with such arbitrary restrictions? Right I'm off back to my Forbidden Planet / Andromeda Strain / Thief / Blade Runner soundtracks.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 11 Jun 2011 21:45

    Just watched your performance on youtube, WELL DONE YOU !!! it is a beautiful piece of music !!!!!

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by clare

    on 10 Jun 2011 20:04

    Crying a lot more now listening to the R3 concert.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by clare

    on 10 Jun 2011 19:47

    I cried. Quite a lot.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Brian - New Forest

    on 10 Jun 2011 08:34

    wouldn't it be possible to play it on two or three diatonic harmonicas (to get all the right notes, possibly in the right order)? I think I've seen rigs that hold that many harmonicas in parallel for that sort of key change effect.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by jonnyfrond

    on 9 Jun 2011 17:57

    Actually Dr.K, that sounded pretty good. I think you'll do the piece justice, gutted I can't listen live, but looking forward to the podcast. Good luck tomorrow!

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Paul C

    on 7 Jun 2011 09:45

    Good luck in your performance Dr K...I'm sure you'll do great ...On a totally unrelated point , concerning your code of conduct , here's a link from a movie review website ,where one movie chain is actually taking your concerns seriously
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  • Comment number 24. Posted by ELIJAH JOON author

    on 6 Jun 2011 19:27

    everything i do in life, i always fail

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by MargeGunderson

    on 6 Jun 2011 19:16

    Seriously Mark, after the ropey first attempts you sounded fantastic at the end! I am so impressed, you're gonna do a brilliant job. Just wish I could be there to witness it for real. Will be listening in :D Good Luck

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by Arch Stanton

    on 6 Jun 2011 15:42

    Ha! I love it.

    Dr K, you're a brave man. Clearly you need a little practice but, from this evidence, I'd say it's all starting to sound ...well, Barry-ish? You've convinced me. The odds are looking good. Life's an adventure. Enjoy yourself.

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