The Grand Budapest Hotel Composed by Alexandre Desplat I first saw Wes Anderson’s delightfully eccentric The Grand Budapest Hotel on Blu-ray late last year, and I kicked myself throughout.  Why?  Well, …

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Jupiter Ascending Composed by Michael Giacchino The score to Jupiter Ascending grabbed me from the opening drum roll, burst of choral grandeur and orchestral fanfare, and that doesn’t happen very often these days.  This two disc release is like being …

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  View image | gettyimages.com It’s A Wonderful Life Composed & Conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin Reviewing the score for the 1946 classic It’s A Wonderful Life is an interesting experiment more than a month after Christmas.  The limited edition CD …

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  View image | gettyimages.com I’ve been passionate about film scores since the early eighties, and I’ve been collecting them on vinyl, cassette and CD for thirty years (gulp!).  The score that fired up that passion was composed and conducted by …

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Back in October I was part of a cast of actors charged with recreating the madness and mayhem of the highly esteemed Goon Show!  This professional production from the Old Joint Stock Theatre Company was given life for the Birmingham …

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Well, this is my first piece of blogging for a while, so I fancied a return to the days when I reviewed films for the dear old Beeb Beeb Ceeb.  On Tuesday evening I had the opportunity to attend a …

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Have you ever tried to record audio tracks for something in a home studio while a loud party was in full swing downstairs?  It’s certainly a challenge, and proved to be an interesting experience for me recently.  Previously I have …

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Today marks the one hundred and second anniversary of the tragic sinking of the ocean liner RMS Titanic.  Now, it just happens that I was involved in a special project to mark the centenary of that historic event.  I was …

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I was recently on my travels between Reading and York, and for a change I went by train.  The fact that it was a rail journey meant that I could kick back and relax to some of my favourite music …

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Today saw the very first US e-book publication of nearly every instalment in the saga of that dashing “Robin Hood of Modern Crime”, Simon Templar… alias The Saint!  This twenty first century rebirth of Leslie Charteris’ literary character comes courtesy …

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