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Hollywood comes to Symphony Hall this Mother's Day, as The London Concert Orchestra visit Birmingham to play all your favourite Oscar-winning music with the finest scores in film history.

With THSH's prolific film concert programme, it comes as no surprise that the team here have grown to love a few over the years. With that in mind, we found out some of their favourite film scores of all time.


Some Like it Hot 

Deemed by BBC Culture as one of the best big-screen comedies of all time, Some Like it Hot tells the story of two jazz musicians who dress in drag and join an all-female jazz band to disguise themselves are witnessing a Mafia murder. This satirical comedy favourite is filled with upbeat songs and comedic twists at every point.

I’ve loved this film since I was at secondary school (a loooong time ago now!)...the music is very upbeat, I love it.

Nikki Fellows: Events & Contracts Administrator​


Cabaret

In Berlin in 1931, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles meets British academic Brian Roberts, who is finishing his university studies. Despite Brian's confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of the wealthy and decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune complicates matters for them both. This love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic.

A film with cracking tunes, interesting characters and a storyline about the unpleasant things that tend to happen when Nazi ideas become popular. What’s not to like?

Guy Oddy: Development Manager


Mary Poppins and Blade Runner  

For quite a lot of staff at THSH, it wasn't possible to chose one favourite! Whilst Blade Runner and Mary Poppins are quite different films, the certainly both have some fantastic moments.

I think the Sherman Brothers are genius songwriters, and part of a team of creatives during Disney's golden age that I admire immensely. I find 'Jolly Holliday' really uplifting and it's one of my favourite sequences in all cinema history. Blade Runner is utterly beautiful. A perfect match of film and soundtrack, pure artistry.

Annette Bowery: Graphic Designer


Blade Runner

It looks like we're onto a winner! Phil studied electronic music composition at university, so Blade Runner holds quite special memories for him. 

My pick is Blade Runner. It’s a great soundtrack but it’s also so much more than that. It’s one of those cases where the match between the visual elements of the film and the soundtrack are just perfect. It had a huge impact on both other film composers (Zimmer owes him) but also the wider world of pop music, influencing a number of electronic music artists such as Gary Numan. I remember for one module at university we were asked to compose our own soundtrack for the opening sequence of either Blade Runner or Donny Darko. I think almost nobody chose Blade Runner because they just didn’t dare try and tackle something which had been done to perfection already.

Phil Woods: Data and CRM Officer


Pan's Labyrinth

In 1944  Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the centre of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.

An incredible film matched with an incredible soundtrack, beautifully crafted to mirror the magical intensity of the film. Guaranteed to transport you to another universe.

Charis Jardim: Assistant Marketing Manager (Digital)

The Lord of the Rings, Princess Mononoke, and Last of the Mohicans 

Sometimes it really can be hard to decide! Tom's favourites from The Lord of the Rings are Concerning Hobbits, Ride of the Rohirrim, and The Isengard Theme. From Princess Mononoke, his favourite is Ashitaka's Theme.

All are very appropriate to the themes of the films, and are particularly powerful at points! I particularly enjoy Howard Shore’s use of melodies from various sections to imply various pieces of information and rouse certain feelings.

Tom Voss: Staffing Administrator

In fact, Tom loves the music from Lord of the Rings so much he's ended up making his own cover; it's not only those on stage at THSH with a passion for music making!


Spring is often the season for film awards and so the Oscar Winners concert is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the finest scores ever composed. From the tension of John Williams iconic music to Jaws, to the richly romantic Out of AfricaDr Zhivago and A Passage to India, the achingly melodic Born Free, the iconic E.TStar Wars, Lord of the Rings and more.

The concert will be performed by the full 75 piece London Concert Orchestra under the baton of award winning conductor, Anthony Gabriele.


The Sound of Music

It is ‘one of my favourite things!’ – cue from the song! And it’s light hearted and mostly uplifting. It makes me think of Christmas (as it’s on most years) and if I could have been in any musical, it probably would have been this one! I think I’d of made a good Maria!

Nicole Evans: Head of Commercial Services

Once Upon a Time in the West 

Henry Fonda, a perennial goodie, is a cold blooded killer in this film. His theme perfectly sums up not only the film action but also the viewer’s shock at this revelation. I remember the first time I heard/saw it... I was recuperating from back surgery. I was transfixed for nearly 3 hours. It made me want to take up the harmonica...

Nick Loveland: Chief Operating Officer