IFT Launches Score Masters

February marks the birthday month of film composers John Williams and the late Jerry Goldsmith. Ipswich Film Theatre was due to celebrate with a special weekend of films devoted to the work of both artists, but due to the UK's national shutdown it was necessary to cancel this weekend.

We’re delighted to confirm that the companion online programme, SCORE MASTERS, will still be broadcast.

Tune into our YouTube channel at 9pm GMT / 1pm PST to watch the live premiere or set you reminder now.

SCORE MASTERS commences a regular strand celebrating the art of film scoring and we're delighted to launch with the support of The Legacy of John Williams and The Goldsmith Odyssey. In our exclusive opening event celebrating the work of film composers John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial) and Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen, Planet of the Apes, Total Recall), we are joined in discussion by some of the most creative and talented artists working in the field: Academy Award®-nominated composer David Newman (Galaxy Quest, Ice Age, Anastasia), Grammy® award-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin (Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), legendary music recording engineer Bruce Botnick (known for his work with The Beach Boys and The Doors, as well as both Williams and Goldsmith), soundtrack record producer Michael Matessino (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Harry Potter: The John Williams Soundtrack Collection), writer and journalist Jeff Bond (Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Art and Visual Effects, Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton), composer Leanna Primiani, and pianist/keyboardist Mike Lang, both of whom have worked with Williams and Goldsmith!

This exclusive event is available to watch from Monday 8th February on the Ipswich Film Theatre YouTube channel, the same day as John Williams' birthday and two days before Jerry Goldsmith's birthday! This is a treat for anybody interested in the convergence of film and music, and the unique legacy of two of cinema's most accomplished artists.

The event is moderated by Maurizio Caschetto (The Legacy of John Williams), Yavar Moradi & W. David Lichty (The Goldsmith Odyssey) and Tim Burden (Board member of the Film Music Foundation).

IFT Director, Daniel Champion, said “We are delighted to launch SCORE MASTERS with such an esteemed panel of award-winning and talented musicians, producers and journalists. Commencing this new strand of programming for the Ipswich Film Theatre with a celebration of two of cinema’s greatest musical voices and to be discussing their legacy with such a respected panel of their creative colleagues is a tremendous honour.”

Ipswich Film Theatre

The Ipswich Film Theatre is an independent cinema established in 1975. It is home to respected repertory film programming and the best British and international features and documentaries.

The Legacy of John Williams

The Legacy of John Williams is a platform to celebrate and promote the cultural and aesthetic importance of the music of John Williams.

The Goldsmith Odyssey

The Goldsmith Odyssey is a chronological journey through the works of composer Jerry Goldsmith with monthly podcasts, often including film music professionals.

Selected Biographies

John Williams

John Williams is a multi award-winning composer of music for films. He is famous for his Academy Award®-winning music for Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler’s List. He also composed music for Superman: The Movie, Hook and the first three Harry Potter films. With 52 Oscar nominations he is the second most nominated individual behind Walt Disney.

Jerry Goldsmith

Jerry Goldsmith is the Academy Award®-winning composer of the music score for The Omen. He had written music for 200 films at the time of his death in 2004, including The Blue Max, Patton, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Poltergeist, and Gremlins. He received 18 Oscar nominations.

David Newman

David Newman is one of the most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 25-year career, he has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Heathers, Brokedown Palace and Hoffa. He holds an Academy Award® nomination for his score to the animated feature, Anastasia, and is the son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman.

Leonard Slatkin

Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Directeur Musical Honoraire of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), and Conductor Laureate of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has received six Grammy® awards and 35 nominations.

Bruce Botnick

Engineer/producer Bruce Botnick's illustrious career began in the mid-‘60s. Botnick has had a hand in some of rock's finest hours, including the Pet Sounds album, The Doors’ 1971 masterpiece L.A. Woman, and Love's Forever Changes. He has also teamed with film composers John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith on a number of both composers’ film scores.

Image of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith courtesy of The Film Music Society. Art by Needle Design.

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