Walking In the Air with legendary composer Howard Blake OBE on this A World in London!
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without The Snowman, and sure enough when I darted into Sainsbury’s with AWIL producer Sophie Darling just before this week’s show, his smiling face was on the front cover of the Radio Times. Later in the studio I asked Sophie when The Snowman will be on TV, and her prompt reply was ‘when isn’t it on TV?’. The Snowman’s enduring popularity has stretched beyond three decades now and it’s Howard Blake’s aural interpretation of Raymond Brigg’s 1978 book that has sealed it’s place in popular culture. But Howard is no one-hit wonder guy – you’ll know his music from films like A Month in the Country, The Duellists (his personal favourite), as well as collaborative works with pop idols like David Bowie in The Hunger and Queen in Flash Gordon. From big screen to classical works, Howard Blake is omnipresent in the soundtrack to our lives, and began his career as a session musician at Abbey Road, playing piano for Led Zepellin, The Beatles, and Cilla Black. His passion for cinema and ability to create rich, glorious & epic compositions has lasted his lifetime, and now in his 80th year, Howard remains as vibrant as ever, as a ‘jobbing musician’, about to embark on his first viola concerto commission. Howard says ‘’Music is the mathematics of emotion’’ – meet the ultimate genius of the score-sheet right here on A World in London!
|The Sages||Padmakara||China/Ireland/Czech Republic|
|Peyman Heydarian||Earl of Jura/Deylaman||Iran/Scotland/Afghanistan|
|Howard Blake||Walking In the Air||UK|
|Howard Blake||Title – The Avengers||UK|
|Howard Blake||Fifth Movement – A Month in the Country||UK|
|Howard Blake||The Lonely Walker – The Duellists||UK|
|Howard Blake||Lento – Concerto For Piano & Orchestra||UK|