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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.
Tonight on Saturday Night at the Movies, it’s a Classic FM Hall of Fame special.
Andrew surveys the world’s biggest annual survey of classical music tastes, picking out those pieces of classical music that found a new audience after being featured in famous movies – from Raging Bull with the ‘Intermezzo’ from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, to Apocalypse Now, which introduced Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries to many cinemagoers across the world.
Also included in the programme are soundtracks that found a home in the 2019 chart, with Morricone’s score to The Mission, Hans Zimmer’s epic Gladiator, and John Barry’s Dances with Wolves all included.
Saturday 7 March
To mark International Women's Day, Andrew features music from the composers closing the gender gap in the world of film and television composition.
He plays music from the Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, who's recently collected both a GRAMMY, a BAFTA and an Academy Award for her work in film and television. Tonight, we hear selections from her recent scores for Chernobyl and Joker. Also on the programme are two women who have received Academy Awards during their careers: Rachel Portman and Anne Dudley. Andrew includes their scores to Chocolat and Poldark respectively.
Saturday 14 March
This evening, Andrew focuses on just two Hollywood blockbuster composers, but they’ve written the music for some of the biggest film franchises of recent times: James Newton Howard and Alexandre Desplat.
The programme begins with Newton Howard’s magical score for JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts, we also hear his score to Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong and the pop infused Gnomeo and Juliet. Desplat’s recent Oscar-nominated score for Little Women features, alongside his music for Imitation Game and the Academy Award-winning Shape of Water.