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Whether it’s original film soundtracks or classical music put to powerful effect on the big screen, Classic FM invites you on a weekly journey through the finest film scores, every Saturday at 5pm with Andrew Collins.
Each week, we showcase a selection of film soundtracks, from the latest releases by the likes of Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman or John Williams to historic scores by Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams and Korngold.
Every few months we’ll broadcast a video game music special, too, making us pretty much the only radio station in the UK that regularly plays this popular genre.
Andrew continues his month-long celebration of the legends of cinema and tonight, he shines the spotlight on the people responsible for writing the music that underscores the films we love: the composers.
John Williams, who has written some of the most recognisable and critically acclaimed scores in cinematic history, begins this evening’s programme. Andrew plays music from favourites including Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and Star Wars.
One of John Barry’s eleven James Bond scores features, as well as his Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Dances with Wolves. We’ll also hear scores by the legends of the Golden Age of Hollywood, including Korngold’s musical depiction of The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Saturday 30 November
Throughout November, Andrew Collins has been celebrating the legends of cinema. Tonight, he rounds off our mini-series with films associated with the greatest Hollywood actors.
Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, synonymous with Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now starring Martin Sheen, opens this evening’s programme. Andrew also includes the haunting duet ‘O Soave Fanciulla’ from Puccini’s opera La bohème, used beautifully in the 1990 Robert de Niro film Awakenings, and John Barry’s main theme to The Lion in Winter starring the legendary thespians Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn.
Saturday 7 December
Tonight, Andrew Collins celebrates the music from films that were huge box office successes.
The highest grossing film of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens this evening’s programme, followed by a selection from Ludwig Goransson’s Academy Award-winning score to Black Panther. We’ll also hear from the late, great film composer James Horner, and his score for James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar.
Saturday 14 December
Tonight, Andrew Collins features a whole host of scores from the most heart-warming festive films.
John Williams’ score to Home Alone opens the programme, followed by Hans Zimmer’s feel-good festive favourite, The Holiday. There’s also plenty of nostalgic scores, including the main theme to It’s A Wonderful Life.