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Tickets go on sale 13 August 2013, 11.30am (public) 6 August (members)
Event is on Thursday 5 September 2013, 6.30pm, NFT1 (National Film Theatre 1, Southbank)
Hashtag (for series of events and television and radio programmes) is #BBCSoundofCinema

Sounds of Cinema: The Big Score
(I think it’s probably meant to be the SounD of Cinema, not Sounds, judging from the hashtag).

“In the first episode of a new series celebrating film music, Neil Brand explores how the classic orchestral film score emerged. Neil traces how in the 1930s, European-born composers such as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold brought their Viennese schooling to play in stirring, romantic scores for masterpieces like King Kong. But it took a home-grown talent, Bernard Herrmann, to bring a darker sound to cinema’s finest films, with his scores for Citizen Kane and Vertigo. Sound of Cinema is part of a wider BBC season exploring Film Music this autumn.

Followed by a Q&A with Neil Brand.”

We’ll get to see one episode from the new three-part series and then there’ll be a Q&A with @NeilKBrand.

This is part of a delicious series of programming running across television and radio. I want to send 12 long-stemmed bags of popcorn to whichever genius commissioned this loveliness.


  • BBC Four – Silent film composer Neil Brand presents a three-part series Sound Of Cinema: The Music That Made The Movies, featuring directors ranging from Tarantino to Scorsese


  • BBC Asian Network – Bobby Friction looks at how the journey of Bollywood film music has evolved through the decades, in Men Behind The Music
  • BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – As part of their Soundtrack Season, The Story Of Hip Hop In The Movies reveals how Hip Hop and films collaborate, featuring Pharrell Williams and Roots Manuva
  • BBC Radio 2 – Mark Kermode* tells the story of music and film in Mark Kermode (@KermodeMovie): The Soundtrack Of My Life
  • BBC Radio 3 – Three weeks of programming including director Ken Loach and composer George Fenton discussing their 20-year partnership, and a live programme with the spookiest scores in cinema from the BFI on Friday 13th
  • BBC Radio 6 Music – In a five-part series, big names from cinema including actor Cillian Murphy and Bond film composer David Arnold (@DavidGArnold) discuss their favourite film music moments

The bullet points above are pinched from the BBC’s Meda Centre page on the Sound of Cinema. Make sure you look at the spectacular Sound of Cinema Media Pack (PDF). Nine pages of stuff about film music.

I’ve saved the PDF more permanently here in case they lose it 😉

*Although not about film music per se you might also like Mark’s 50 years of film podcast. It’s available to ‘listen again’ for another six days from the date this post is published. You can download it too from this link.