Watch an exclusive performance of 'Ladies in Lavender' by its composer, Nigel Hess

7 November 2015, 17:25

Nigel Hess’ beautiful piece of film music climbs to No.11 in the Movie Music Hall of Fame – here’s an exclusive performance backstage at the Royal Albert Hall

Ladies in Lavender

Nigel Hess is one of today's most respected composers, having written not just for the concert hall but also for theatre, television and film. Perhaps his best-known movie score is for the film Ladies in Lavender, starring Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

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He performed part of the iconic music for the film exclusively for us, backstage at Classic FM Live:

Nigel Hess plays his Ladies in Lavender film theme

The composer performed backstage at Classic FM Live



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