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David Arnold unveils second Concert for Care

03-Aug-2010 • Event

James Bond film composer David Arnold today announced details of his second annual Concert for Care, a charity event for Care International at the Royal Albert Hall on Oct. 18 that will feature one of the biggest ever gatherings of top movie composers, reports THR.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play selections of film scores and songs introduced by a dozen men and women who have written some of the most popular film music of recent years. Most of them also will attend a screening of Universal's "Psycho," directed by Alfred Hitchcock with music by Bernard Herrmann, at London's Empire Theatre on Oct. 17 followed by a Q&A session, also in support of Care.

Besides Arnold, Grammy Award-winner for "Independence Day" (1996), who has written the score for the last five 007 films, the concert will star Rachel Portman, who has three Oscar nominations including a win for "Emma" (1996); Anne Dudley, Oscar-winner for "The Full Monty" (1997); and Dario Marianelli, who was Oscar nominated for "Pride & Prejudice" (2005) and won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globes Award for "Atonement" (2005).

Others involved include Craig Armstrong, Bafta and Golden Globes winner for "Moulin Rouge" (2001) and Grammy winner for "Ray" (2004); George Fenton, Oscar-nominated for "The Fisher King" (1991), "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), "Cry Freedom" (1987), and "Gandhi" (1982) and winner of three Bafta TV Awards including one for "The Blue Planet" (2001); and Christopher Gunning, Bafta winner for "La Vie En Rose" (2007) and winner of three Bafta TV Awards.

Also on hand will be Patrick Doyle, who won Oscar nominations for "Hamlet" (1996) and "Sense and Sensibility" (1995); and flying in from California for the event are Harry Gregson-Williams ("Shrek," "Prince of Persia," "Chronicles of Narnia"), John Powell (the "Bourne" films, "Happy Feet," "Chicken Run") and John Ottman ("The Usual Suspects," "Superman Returns," "X-Men 2").

Arnold, an ambassador for Care International currently working on the music for the upcoming "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," staged the first Concert for Care at London's O2 Academy Brixton in 2009 with a line up of pop and rock stars. He says, "It wasn't difficult to think of putting so many amazing film composers together under one roof for this one night only."

Having witnessed the work Care does for the under-privileged around the world, Arnold says he was able to attract top people with more big names to be announced.

Tommy Pearson, whose Red Ted Productions will stage the two events with Arnold and Metropolis Music, says, "There's an added excitement for the composers who are used to working alone on a score hearing their music performed in front of a big audience. There will be a lot of smiles on stage."

Arnold promises, "a unique evening with wonderful music as we present some of the greatest film music and movie songs written."

Tickets for the concert and for the screening go on sale on Aug. 6, with news of additional star names to be updated at www.concertforcare.com.

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