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Police drummer Stewart Copeland's Ben-Hur film score premieres in US

Stewart Copeland made his name as the drummer with the rock group, The Police. But he's also known as an accomplished composer of film scores, ballets, concert works, and several operas, including a commission from the Royal Opera House in London.

Now he has composed a soundtrack to MGM's 1925 silent epic, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ - the most expensive film made in the silent era.

Copeland's score receives its world premiere on 19 April at the Virginia Arts Festival when it accompanies a 90-minute edit of the movie.

The soundtrack uses a full orchestra, mixing symphonic music with electric guitars and, of course, a lot of percussion.

Produced by Damian Fowler and Anna Bressanin