Films with orchestra

Ben Palmer conductor
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 is one of Europe's foremost specialists in conducting live to film, leading more than 40 film-with-orchestra screenings this year. These include the German premiere of Casino Royale, and performances of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Under the Skin, and Brassed Off, throughout Europe and the UK, in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall, and Symphony Hall Birmingham. His repertoire includes Psycho, Casablanca, Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush, The Immigrant, Easy Street and The Cure, the premiere of Neil Brand's score for Hitchcock's The Lodger, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, new silent film London Symphony, Peter and the Wolf, The Snowman, and The Battle of the Somme, and, in 2019, Star Wars: A New Hope, and The Planets - An HD Odyssey. In October 2017 he was invited by the Philharmonia Orchestra to assist Vladimir Ashkenazy with a screening of the Shostakovich/Frank Strobel score for 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 Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, and Southbank Sinfonia. This year he will tour extensively with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and make his debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and the Hallé. In 2019 he will conduct films with the Pilsen Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as further tours with the CNSO.

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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