I was asked by Martha Greene at Saatchi's if I could write a version of Lakme as if orchestrated by Richard Strauss at full throttle. I was happy to oblige but in the event it was decided to be perhaps a little too opulent and that it might give the wrong idea about British Airways. I am sure they were right to withdraw it but it was fun to record and a very big line-up for a single 60-second commercial.
'BRTISH AIRWAYS THEME TUNE - LAKME'
Music for a TV advertising film, the launch of the famous duet from Lakme, music by Leo Delibes, arranged and conducted by Howard Blake
The further use of Delibes' 'Lakme' for a TV advertising film
'TEARS OF JOY'
A new arrangement of Lakme for 2 sopranos and piano(see op.333), music for a TV advertising film (British Airways)