Michael Giacchino on Star Trek live: "It's like walking the tightrope"

20 May 2014, 14:29

Michael Giacchino's music for JJ Abrams' Star Trek movies has become iconic in a very short space of time - so iconic that the scores for both films are to be the subject of live orchestral performances at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classic FM's Tommy Pearson travelled to Giacchino's LA home to talk about the forthcoming concerts (on the 29th and 30th of May), and how his scores translate to being played live.  Apparently, the thrill is a bit like being watching a tightrope walker at the circus: "You're like, 'Oh my God, is he gonna fall? He could fall! He could totally fall and break his neck!'"

They also talk about the prestige of the Albert Hall itself, the importance of which was not lost on Giacchino: "I use keep thinking, The Beatles played here, didn't they?"

The Royal Albert Hall concerts will feature the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, with the JJ Abrams' movies playing on a big screen behind them. More info about the concerts can be found on the Royal Albert Hall's website.

Listen to the interview below: