Last night I attended an event at Trinity Laban hearing from alumni that now predominantly work in the film music industry. This included composers, instrumentalists, and arrangers. The most distinguished of them is probably John Powell known for writing music for films such as Solo: A Star Wars Story and How To Train Your Dragon.
I have had an obsession with film music for as long as I can remember and I’ve tried to work it into my own musical life as much as possible. This has included my A-level recital being works by John Williams written for the violin (yes, this included Schindler’s List!), my undergrad dissertation which explored the music to the Harry Potter films, and, at the end of this academic year, the ‘living composer’ requirement of my final recital will be fulfilled by playing the work ‘Einstein’s Light’ from the film of the same name.
Having this opportunity to hear from people in the industry about their experiences and watch a semi-formal interview with them was really enjoyable for me. Sadly, it appears that the only way to get into the industry is by luck and connections so I probably won’t be off to Hollywood to play in the movies anytime soon!