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

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, Carl Davis's scores for The Cure, Easy Street, and The Immigrant, Laura Rossi's 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 by the Philharmonia Orchestra to assist Vladimir Ashkenazy with a screening of Battleship Potemkin, in Frank Strobel's Shostakovich arrangement.

Forthcoming film-with-orchestra engagements include Raiders of the Lost Ark and a UK tour of Jaws with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, 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, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and further performances of Home Alone with the Cinematic Sinfonia at the Royal Albert Hall. 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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