Film 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

Ben Palmer is one of Europe’s foremost specialists in conducting live to film. In 2019/20 he will conduct E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Brassed Off at the Royal Albert Hall, Skyfall with the Hallé, The Empire Strikes Back in Zurich, Return of the Jedi in Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg and Vienna, as well as performances of Beauty and the Beast (2017), The Snowman and Love Actually. In recent seasons he has conducted Jurassic Park (the 25th anniversary UK tour), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (German premiere), Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Home Alone, Casino Royale (German premiere), Back to the Future, The Pink Panther (European premiere), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Under the Skin, Psycho and Casablanca. He is also an experienced conductor of silent films such as Metropolis and The Gold Rush, and gave the world premieres of Neil Brand’s scores for The Lodger and Oliver Twist. In October 2019 he will conduct The Lodger at the closing concert of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the world-famous Pordenone Silent Film Festival. 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 Hallé, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestras of Opera North and Welsh National Opera, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Cinematic Sinfonia and Southbank Sinfonia.

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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