London On Film
with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Monday 11 June 2012, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
BBC Concert Orchestra
Robert Ziegler conductor
Mark Kermode presenter
Music from films:
Bernard Herrmann Hangover Square
John Barry The Ipcress File
Howard Shore Eastern Promises
Alexandre Desplat The King's Speech
Pete Townshend Quadrophenia
Burt Bacharach Alfie
Hans Zimmer Sherlock Holmes
From the charming to the down-right scary, London on Film is a snapshot of cinematic history using classic film scores.
The streets of London have been the backdrop for the best of British cult classics. But... it's music that brings to life the silver screen.
Spy-thriller The Ipcress File is a downbeat alternative to the James Bond phenomenon. John Barry's music has dim echoes of the James Bond themes with a brooding menace that is the perfect antidote to the flashy exuberance of 007.
London in the 1960s - a time of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and the setting of Quadrophenia - The Who-inspired tale of Mods vs Rockers.
No.33 on the BFI's list of top British films, the original 1966 Alfie follows the story of a charming rogue played by the iconic Michael Caine.
Alexandre Desplat's BAFTA-winning score to the recent box office hit The King's Speech mimics the royal's struggle to overcome a stammer.
A crime-thriller set in East London, Howard Shore's score to Eastern Promises draws on Russian folk music and the tattoo art of the Russian mafia.
From the composer of Psycho, Bernard Herrmann, comes the equally-chilling music for the film noir Hangover Square, where a composer who suffers from amnesia is suspected of murder...
London on film - bringing to life great British classics.
How to get there
- Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City lines). Embankment (Circle and District lines).