Classical stars appear on The Snowman and The Snowdog soundtrack

28 November 2012, 11:50 | Updated: 28 November 2012, 13:16

The London Metropolitan Orchestra, and members of All Angels, Bond and various pop acts have joined forces to record a soundtrack for the sequel to the Christmas classic animation, The Snowman.

Ex-Razorlight drummer and singer/songwriter Andy Burrows and British composer Ilan Eshkeri have collaborated to record the soundtrack to the new sequel to The Snowman, titled The Snowman and The Snowdog. The soundtrack features a host of classical and pop musicians.

The London Metropolitan Orchestra, All Angels and former Bond member Haylie Ecker all feature on the soundtrack, alongside pop artists like Emmy The Great, Tim Wheeler of Ash, radio presenter Edith Bowman and drums from Dom Howard of Muse.

The cartoon itself is a sequel to the classic children's animation The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs' book of the same name. Speaking about the project, Burrows commented: "It was a huge honour to be asked to write the music with Ilan for The Snowman and The Snowdog. When he first rang me and told me, I dropped the phone. It’s a total dream come true for me."

Composer Eshkeri added: "The Snowman is an institution in the UK and I am incredibly excited to be involved in the sequel. The music is an iconic part of the film as, without dialogue, it helps to tell the story by expressing the characters' emotions."

Ilan Eshkeri has previously composed soundtracks for movies including Stardust, The Young Victoria and Layer Cake. The Snowman and The Snowdog is directed and art-directed by animators who worked on the original film, for which Peter Auty performed the song 'Walking In The Air'.

The lead track from the score, 'Light The Night, is available for download on iTunes from Monday 10th December.