Monday 24 December 2018

Howard Blake - The Snowman Cometh

Howard Blake

19th December 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

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 for The Hunger and Queen for Flash Gordon. From big & small 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 Studios, playing piano for Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Cilla Black. His passion for cinema and gift for creating glorious & epic compositions is perennial, and now in his 80th year, Howard remains as vibrant as ever, conducting The Snowman at The Royal Albert Hall today, and as a ‘jobbing musician’, about to embark on his first viola concerto commission. Howard says ‘’Music is the mathematics of emotion'’, and in each of his score sheets all the numbers add up into genius mood-swinging equations. As for The Snowman, a wordless book that was given the musical & lyrical kiss of life by Howard back in 1982, catch the stage version at The Peacock Theatre till New Year’s Eve! 

19/12/18 – AWIL 191  Online: Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. 

Have a magical festive season & we’ll speak again on JANUARY 9th! Look out for the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 – Top 50 global CDs handpicked by [http://#AWorldinLondon – #TheSoundofDiverseLondon 

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