Films with orchestra


Casablanca: Live • Ben Palmer © Maky Manole
Casablanca: Live • Ben Palmer © Maky Manole
Peter and the Wolf: Live • Ben Palmer © Charlotte Amherst Photography
The Gold Rush • Ben Palmer © Maky Manole
Psycho: Live • Ben Palmer © Charlotte Amherst Photography

Since 2013 Ben Palmer has made a speciality of conducting films live to screen, with performances of Casablanca, Hitchcock's Psycho and The Lodger (the premiere of Neil Brand's new score), Chaplin's The Gold Rush, The Cure, Easy Street, and The Immigrant, The Battle of the Somme, Peter and the WolfThe Snowman, and the world premiere of silent film London Symphony, in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Roundhouse, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, Milton Court and the Barbican Cinema. In 2017 he was invited to assist Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra with a screening of Battleship Potemkin, in Frank Strobel's Shostakovich arrangement.

Forthcoming film-with-orchestra engagements include Home Alone with Royal Northern Sinfonia, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with Covent Garden Sinfonia in the Royal Festival Hall, The Snowman with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and Southbank Sinfonia, Neil Brand's The Lodger at Brighton Film Festival, and Fritz Lang's Metropolis. 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.

For a full biography, click here.