One of the perks of working in the cinema industry is the opportunity to hear multiple new film scores each week. Some good, some bad, some inaudible. Girl with a Pearl Earring was the first time I heard Alexandre Desplat's music and, like many others, I was suitably impressed and looked forward to hearing more from this composer.
Desplat's output didn't disappoint and he continues to deliver the best that music has to offer for film. It is well timed that the London Symphony Orchestra is showcasing a selection of Alexandre's own favourite scores (performed by his favourite orchestra), next Thursday 11th December at London's Barbican Centre from 7:30pm. Plus, If you get there for 6pm you'll be treated to a free pre-concert Q&A with the composer, chaired by LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies.
Here is an audio feature which focuses on Alexandre's LSO collaboration, edited from a conversation we had just after he had finished scoring Rise of the Guardians, and I include a preview of what music will reasonate around the Barbican Hall next Thursday night. Spread the word as it will be an unmissable concert.