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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 7pm 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 picks out music from films that were famously made in record time. He features Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2 from the 2015 Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards, Birdman, the classic score to Casablanca by Herman Hupfeld, and Nicholas Britell's music to Moonlight. He also features some of the hidden gems from the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame, including Alexandre Desplat's only score in the top 100 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – and Wilde written by Debbie Wiseman.
Saturday 23 January
In anticipation of Burns Night, which falls on Monday, Andrew celebrates some of the great films with links to Scotland. A selection of soundtracks from films that star famous Scottish actors are included: Murder on the Orient Express by Patrick Doyle, Atonement by Dario Marianelli and The Untouchables scored by Ennio Morricone.
The music for films created and set in Scotland also feature; John Williams' Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, written by J. K. Rowling in a cafe in Edinburgh, Thomas Newman's Skyfall set in the Scottish Highlands, and Martin Phipps' The Crown Season 4, that contained scenes shot at Balmoral Castle.
Saturday 30 January
Andrew celebrates the sacred bond between stage and screen this evening, with a showcase of music from some of the great films that have been adapted to make successful musicals. So Hans Zimmer’s score for The Lion King features, as does Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Singin' in the Rain with music written by Nacio Herb Brown and Breakfast at Tiffany's that contained Henry Mancini's Oscar-winning song 'Moon River', are also included. Andrew also explores some of the recent film adaptations that have hit Broadway and the West End in recent years, including Amelie and Mrs. Doubtfire.