Harry Potter composer Desplat praises LSO

On the eve of the premiere of his soundtrack for the latest Harry Potter film, Alexandre Desplat has told Classic FM that there was no better orchestra than the LSO to record the score.

Having collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra on a number of films, Desplat says: "The LSO is for me the best orchestra in the world to record with. Every opportunity I am given to record with them I really jump at it.” He praises the Orchestra’s ability to “play the music” on a first reading, rather than just the notes.

Desplat’s new score will be heard publicly for the first time at tonight’s premiere of the seventh Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. He follows in the footsteps of greats such as John Williams, who created the sound of Harry Potter for the first few films, William Ross, Nicholas Hooper and Patrick Doyle.

"You can't escape the weight of the previous six films. You're into a big league here. But I try to get my voice through whatever I do."

Listen to the complete interview with Alexandre Desplat