Catch up with Movie Music Monday on Classic FM – it's available now on Listen Again!
28 May 2019, 13:30 | Updated: 30 May 2019, 09:21
This bank holiday, we played nothing but the greatest film music ever written on Classic FM’s Movie Music Monday. If you missed it, you can catch up on Listen Again!
From Spaghetti Westerns to Disney, period costume dramas to Oscar-winning action films, catch up on a day packed full of fantastic music from the silver screen.
How do I listen to Movie Music Monday?
What’s the schedule?
Classic FM’s Movie Music Monday ran from 9am to 10pm. Here’s everything you need to know:
9am – 1pm
Classic FM's Movie Music Monday began with with John Suchet at 9am. First up it was the Classic FM Hall of Fame Hour: back-to-back film scores that all feature in the current Top 300. The highlights included John Williams’ music for Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean scored by Klaus Badelt, and the ‘Romance’ from The Gadfly by Shostakovich.
From 10am until midday, John Suchet took listeners on a journey through time. At 10am, it was the best of the 60s and 70s, with music from Star Wars, James Bond, The Pink Panther, and Angela Morley’s Watership Down. At 11am, John transported us to the 80s with Danny Elfman’s iconic theme to Batman, Back to the Future scored by Alan Silvestri, Elmer Bernstein's Ghostbusters theme and of course, John Williams’ E.T.
For the final hour of his programme, John ventured into the 90s with Jurassic Park, Titanic, Home Alone, Forest Gump and Wilde, scored by Classic FM’s Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman.
1pm – 5pm
Margherita Taylor continued Classic FM’s Movie Music Monday with four hours of favourite film music.
From 1pm, we celebrated the best of Disney, with music from The Lion King, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, made famous in Fantasia. Margherita then presented an hour of Oscar winners, including the first female composer to win an Oscar for Best Musical or Comedy Score: Rachel Portman, and her music for Emma. There were also favourite themes from Gladiator, The Artist and Schindler’s List.
At 3pm, we enjoyed music from the Golden Age of Hollywood, including Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca and It’s a Wonderful Life. And at 4pm, Margherita presented a whole host of box office hits and highest grossing films, such as Avatar, The Sound of Music, Star Wars, Titanic and Ben Hur.
5pm – 7pm
Movie Music Monday continueed on Classic FM, as John Brunning took us into the evening with two hours of brilliant film music.
John began with an hour of the best British films, with music from Notting Hill, The King’s Speech, Chariots of Fire and You Only Live Twice. At 6pm, he focused on film’s greatest literary adaptations, including Chocolat, Sense and Sensibility, The Hobbit, Harry Potter and The Railway Children.
7pm – 8pm
Classic FM's Movie Music Monday continued with John Brunning on Smooth Classics at Seven. He had the perfect selection of film music to wind down to at the end of a busy Bank Holiday Monday. Highlights included Maurice Jarre’s theme for Ghost, Anne Dudley's score for Elle, Barber’s Adagio for Strings (used to great effect in Platoon and The Elephant Man), Pride and Prejudice by Dario Marianelli, and Thomas Newman’s theme for The Road to Perdition.
8pm – 10pm
Rob Cowan presented two hours of suites from some of the greatest film music to have featured on the big screen.
Rob began our concert with a new recording of John Williams’ score for E.T., performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. Film scores old and new featured throughout the evening, including a suite of music by Ennio Morricone from his various collaborations with the Italian director Sergio Leone.
Further highlights included the 1941 British film Dangerous Moonlight, best known for its score by Richard Addinsell, and Korngold’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, which marked the first time an Oscar was awarded to the composer rather than the head of the studio music department.
Plenty more award-winning works featured, including James Horner’s music for Titanic, which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (the most successful score of the composer’s career, earning three Academy Awards, two Golden Globes and three Grammys).