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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.
April has been a remarkable month for fans of fantasy films, with the arrival of the new biopic Tolkien with music by Thomas Newman, and the eagerly anticipated premiere of the latest season of Game of Thrones. To celebrate, Andrew Collins arms himself with a sword, a bow and an axe to traverse through the great music of the fantasy genre, until he discovers the one great theme to rule them all.
On our quest, we’ll hear music from the German-Iranian composer Ramin Djawadi, who has scored all seven of HBO’s Game of Thrones series, and cues from Howard Shore's epic soundtrack to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. We’ll also travel to galaxies far, far away, with one of James Horner’s finest scores, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, and selections from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which propelled music by Richard Strauss into the public consciousness.
Join Andrew Collins as he declares – May the Fourth be with you!
It’s Star Wars Day, so we begin today’s programme with a selection of cues John Williams wrote for the nine Star Wars films released to date. Andrew also includes themes from pieces by other famous composers who inspired Williams, including Holst, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.
Later in the programme, buckle into the Millennium Falcon and travel to galaxies far, far away, while listening to the score to Rogue One by Michael Giacchino, and music by Kevin Kiner, who used the force to write for The Clone Wars series. The force is strong with this one.