Nitin Sawhney's Hitchcock thriller soundtrack

13 July 2012, 15:07 | Updated: 13 July 2012, 15:32

Award-winning film composer Nitin Sawhney gives Classic FM a sneak preview of his new score to Alfred Hitchcock's silent classic 'The Lodger'.

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film The Lodger is being given a new lease of life with an exciting new score by award-winning film composer Nitin Sawhney. He’s teaming up with the London Symphony Orchestra, who will perform the music live at London’s Barbican on July 21.

The iconic film tells the story of a hunt for a mysterious ‘Jack the Ripper’ serial killer, played by Ivor Novello, and is being screened as part of the BFI’s Hitchcock season. Sawhney’s new soundtrack brings the drama to life, adding a modern musical edge to this classic film.

The music itself sounds like something which might one day end up on a list of Howard Goodall's Greatest Movie Scores. The atmospheric score provides a perfect sense of unease to accompany a murder mystery.

Sawhney has had a wide-ranging musical career, working with icons ranging from Paul McCartney and Sting to Taio Cruz. He’s also no stranger to the world of film music, after composing the score for another 1920s film, A Throw of Dice.

Talking about his new work, he said: “This is a gift to score and I am enjoying the process more than I even imagined.  I can't wait to hear the London Symphony Orchestra play it.”

If you, like Sawhney, can’t wait to hear his new music, Classic FM has an exclusive preview of the music before its release on July 23. Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think!