RTWSO: Hooray for Hollywood
Music from the Movies
Conductor: Roderick Dunk
Our final concert this season is a celebration of the wonderful scores (many awardwinning) that Hollywood composers have written for some of our most popular films. Whilst the films themselves will be very well known and much of the music familiar, the names of the composers may be less recognisable, so this concert is a chance to give them proper credit.
Our programme will include music by composers such as John Williams, who provided scores for the Harry Potter films, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Schindler’s List. Other music will include scores by Miklós Rózsa (Ben Hur), Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia), Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future), Erich Korngold (The Sea Hawk), Nino Rota (The Godfather), Danny Elfman (the Batman films) and others.
All these composers wrote a great deal of music for the Silver Screen and some, like Korngold, also had notable careers writing ‘serious’ music. Most Hollywood composers were American but Korngold came originally from Austria and we will of course include our own John Barry who provided music for Out of Africa and many of the James Bond films.
Movie scores have often been vital to the box office success of a film and our concert is a tribute to a group of composers whose skill and musicianship is often overlooked.
Conductor: Roderick Dunk
Roderick Dunk is one of Britain’s most versatile conductors, with a repertoire ranging from the Symphonic, through Opera and Ballet to Musical Theatre, Film and Light Orchestral music. The many British orchestras he conducts have included the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the CBSO, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Sinfonia Viva. For 25 years, Roderick was a frequent guest conductor with the BBC Concert Orchestra for the BBC’s “Friday Night is Music Night” and during that time conducted around 200 broadcasts and concerts with the orchestra.
Abroad he has conducted the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, the MDR Chamber Orchestra in Leipzig, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway, Sinfonia Lahti in Finland, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. His studio and recording work has also been broad and varied, covering all styles from the standard symphonic repertoire with the LSO, to the last ever recordings of the world renowned Harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler for Decca Records in 1999 and more recently the album “a Christmas Cornucopia” with Annie Lennox.
A prolific arranger and orchestrator, his work is performed by orchestras and artists all over the world.
Roderick is the RTWSO’s Music Director & Principal Conductor.