Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Hollywood Blockbusters

Published On March 12, 2013 | By Tom Sayer | Music & Nightlife Reviews & Previews

On Saturday 9th March, Brighton Dome was filled with the beautiful sounds of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performing Hollywood film scores from the last half century. The orchestra were dressed in cream blazers and bow-ties, and colourful dresses for the ladies, their varied outfits matching the mixed programme for the evening.

The concert opened with the pounding of timpani and the bass drum, which was quickly following by a beautiful string melody which turned out to be the Overture from Lawrence of Arabia. This was followed by Nina Rota’s Romeo and Juliet Love Theme, featuring a lyrical viola solo accompanied by the harp. The six-strong percussion section and brilliant brass section powered through suites from Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean. These orchestral tour-de-forces were contrasted by the intimate violin solo of Schindler’s List, the only John Williams piece to make the cut in this well programmed concert. Michael Giacchino’s Up, a wonderfully old-fashioned and light-hearted piece was followed by James Horner’s Avatar, with tribal drums and sweeping flute and violin melodies leading into the interval.

The second half featured a plethora of scores from contemporary dramas and sci-fi films, from Star Trek (Nemesis and the new one) to Armageddon, from Wilde to Out of Africa, James Bond composer John Barry’s Oscar, Grammy and BAFTA award-winning score, and a taste of the far east with Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and finally Hans Zimmer’s The Last Samurai to end the evening.

The concert was a fantastic mix of well-known and popular soundtracks, without falling into the cliché of overkilling the programme with as much John Williams as you could possibly squeeze in. It featured a wide range of composers and styles and was excellently narrated by the conductor Pete Harrison, who seemed to have a genuine love for the music. The BSO are certainly one to catch if you can, and I very much hope that they continue to develop their repertoire of film music for future concerts!

WORDS by Tom Sayer

About The Writer

Tom Sayer is a Music and Creative Writing graduate from Bangor University, born and raised in Hove. After completing an MA in Composition for Film he returned to his hometown and dived back into the local music scene, seeking out the best and freshest music to write about for welovebrighton. Tom's musical interests range from Acoustic and Indie to Film Music and Jazz and he hopes to one day write for a music magazine, so feel free to send in your job offers!