Films with orchestra

Ben Palmer © Andy Paradise
Star Wars in Concert
Ben Palmer conductor
Casablanca: Live • Ben Palmer © Maky Manole
Casablanca: Live • Ben Palmer © Maky Manole
The Gold Rush • Ben Palmer © Maky Manole

Ben Palmer is one of Europe’s foremost specialists in conducting live to film, leading more than 40 film-with-orchestra performances each year. In 2018/19 he will conduct Jurassic Park (the 25th anniversary UK tour), Star WarsHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialJawsRaiders of the Lost ArkHome AloneCasino RoyaleBack to the Future, The Pink Panther (European premiere) and Brassed Off, in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and Symphony Hall Birmingham. He has a repertoire of more than 20 films, including PsychoCasablancaUnder the SkinMetropolis, and Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. He conducted the first performances of 2017 silent film London Symphony, of Neil Brand’s scores for The Lodger and Oliver Twist, and in 2018 led the German premiere of Casino Royale. In 2017 he was invited by the Philharmonia Orchestra to assist Vladimir Ashkenazy with a screening of Battleship Potemkin.

As well as numerous performances with his own Covent Garden Sinfonia, he has conducted film screenings with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players, the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, the Orchestras of Opera North and Welsh National Opera, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and Southbank Sinfonia. In 2018/19 he will conduct film-with-orchestra projects with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Cinematic Sinfonia, the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Pilsen Philharmonic.

He has appeared at CineCity (the Brighton Film Festival), Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, and at the Barbican Cinema. In the studio, he has recorded Neil Brand's score for The Lodger for a Criterion Collection DVD/Blu-ray, and composer Moritz Schmittat's soundtracks for award-winning sci-fi horror movie The Scopia Effect and the short film Derelict.

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