By Ray Bennett
LONDON — The richness and range of modern film scores were on display Monday at London’s Royal Albert Hall as James Bond composer David Arnold’s Concert for Care International showcased some of the best of today’s movie music.
Seldom have so many top film composers and their scores been featured in one concert, with contributions from a dozen mostly British music makers. They ranged from Rachel Portman‘s bucolic Academy Award-winning end titles from Emma to the ferocious power of the American History X theme by Oscar winner Anne Dudley (The Full Monty).
Robert Ziegler conducted the Royal Symphony Orchestra, and the evening featured levity from comics Ed Byrne, Dom Joly and Jimmy Carr. The Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson joined Arnold on ukuleles to perform “You Belong to Me” from The Jerk, and Matt Lucas from TV’s Little Britain was helped by opera singer Alfie Boe through an unusual but delightful rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” from Modern Times.
Photo by Julie Edwards
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