Sound Of Cinema: Composer Of The Week - British Film Music

Thursday 26 September



While the 1960s brought the Bond theme and The Beatles to the big screen, another genre of British avant-garde was also stirring – the ghoulish sound of Hammer Horror.

As part of the BBC’s Sound of Cinema season, Donald Macleod is joined once more by film music expert David Huckvale to explore two completely different musical genres that dominated 1960s British film. On one hand, jazz and pop were beginning to infuse some of the most innovative and popular movies of the decade – from The Beatles' Hard Day's Night to Monty Norman's famous Bond Theme and John Barry's music to The Ipcress File.

While this was occurring, in a studio just off London’s Regent Street, ghoulish forces were stirring. Hammer Horror provided a unique environment for British composers to experiment with the latest ideas from the European avant-garde, safe in the knowledge that audiences would accept their harsh dissonances and bizarre soundworlds in the context of terror. Huckvale discusses the legacy of musical scarers-in-chief Elisabeth Lutyens, Tristram Cary, Benjamin Frankel – and the 'godfather' of British horror music, James Bernard.

BBC’s Sound of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.


Cliff Richard and the Shadows: Summer Holiday (1963) (excerpt)

Cliff Richard (vocals)

James Bernard: Curse Of Frankenstein (1961)

Main Theme (Opening Credits)

[original soundtrack]

Benjamin Frankel: Curse Of The Werewolf

A Deadly Transformation

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Carl Davis

James Bernard: "Dracula" Suite (1958)

Main Theme

Inside Castle Dracula / The Lure of The Vampire Woman / Dracula's Rage

The Kiss of Living Death

Funeral In Carpathia

Finale: Confrontation And Climax / The Fall Of Dracula

Philharmonia Orchestra / Neil Richardson

Monty Norman / John Barry: Dr. No (1962)

Dr No – The James Bond Theme

[original soundtrack]

John Barry sequence:

The Ipcress File (1965): Main Title

The Lion In Winter (1968): The Herb Garden; Eya, Eya, Nova Gaudia

Out Of Africa (1985): Main Title (I Had A Farm In Africa)

[original soundtracks]

Tristram Cary: Quatermass And The Pit (1967)

Electronic Music no.5 – 2.28

[original soundtrack]

Elisabeth Lutyens: The Skull (1965)


VII. End Titles

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jac van Steen

Lennon & McCartney: A Hard Day's Night

arr. 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

Presenter/ Donald Macleod, Producer/ Steven Rajam for the BBC

BBC Radio 3 Publicity