Howard Blake Videos

Persistence of Vision

Howard Blake worked with the great animator Dick Williams who is the subject of this feature length documentary. He appears in the film and talks about the creation of his script Tin Tack The Cobbler which later became The Cobbler and The Thief on which Dick was to work for a staggering twenty-seven years.

PERSISTENCE OF VISION - Trailer from Kevin Schreck on Vimeo.

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Howard performs at Downs Primary School, Brighton

Howard was invited to visit his first school where he was a pupil from 1944 to 1950. He talked about his music and played Walking In The Air for all the children.

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NASA and Walking in the Air

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Giuseppe Andaloro performs Howard Blake "Speech after long Silence"

The prize-winning performance by Giuseppe Andaloro at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition 2011.

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Benedict Kloeckner plays a recital of music by and with Howard Blake

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Granpa UK VHS Promo

A Channel 4 animated film based on a book by John Burningham directed by Diane Jackson in 1985 following the success of The Snowman in 1982. Granpa is played by Peter Ustinov, the children are the prizewinning Wroughton Middle School Choir. Music, script and lyrics by Howard Blake.

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Premiere performance of Howard Blake's 'Spieltrieb' by the Edinburgh Quartet

Live first performance of Howard Blake's 'Spieltrieb - a string quartet in one movement' played by the Edinburgh Quartet who commissioned it to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Tristan Gurney, Philip Burrin, Michael Beeston, Mark Bailey, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, February 19th 2010.

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The Snowman

The original version of the animated film The Snowman was introduced by its author Raymond Briggs but in 1985 David Bowie agreed to film his own introduction. The music and lyrics are by Howard Blake.

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My Life So Far

A coming-of-age film set in Ayrshire in the 20s. Colin Firth plays a strict father obsessed with Beethoven. Producer David Puttnam and director Hugh Hudson initially invited Sir Simon Rattle to record an all-Beethoven score which did not really work. Howard Blake was asked two years later by Puttnam and distributor Harvey Weinstein to create a new score which begins with this seven and a half minute musical sequence.

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Composer Howard Blake (OBE) talks exclusively with C Music TV

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Flash Gordon - Duel on the Sky Platform

Almost all of the music for the sky platform fight sequence in Flash Gordon was deleted in the final film. Presented here is Howard Blake's score originally written for the scene. The deleted music starts just as the actual fight begins. In the final film, the score is brought back while Barin is strangling Flash with his whip.

A complete recording of Howard Blake's original music for the film was issued by Supertracks Music Group in 2001 for promotional use only.

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Walking In The Air

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The Duellists

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The Riddle of the Sands Clip

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Howard Blake and the British Airways music (Lakme)

Howard Blake describes how a 19th Century opearatic excerpt became a global hit.

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The Snowman 2007 programme note

Howard Blake reads his 2007 programme note describing the 25 years of The Snowman animated film and the 10 years of The Snowman Stage Show in London's West End.

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Amityville 3D

The first two Amityville Horror films were scored by Lalo Shifrin but Dino de Laurentiis asked Howard Blake to write the score for the third movie this time shot in 3D. The director was Richard Fleischer. Blake used a solo soprano, Elaine Barry doubled up with bass flutes, synthesizer and orchestra to create the eerie theme music.

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Rise Of The House Of Usher

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The Snowman tours South Korea

Birmingham Mail Arts Editor Diane Parkes travelled with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to Seoul to see how the stage show version of the legendary Christmas Music spectacular The Snowman is going down in the Far East.

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