Hollywood composer James Newton Howard will present his unforgettable music from The Dark Knight, the Hunger Games series and the forthcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, at his first ever ‘greatest hits’ show, coming to the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 3 November.

3 Decades of Music for Hollywood will celebrate Howard’s many Tinseltown triumphs, from trendsetting blockbusters like The Hunger Games to beloved rom-coms Pretty Woman and My Best Friend’s Wedding, and a succession of other memorable movies from the ‘90s to the present day, including Blood Diamond, The Prince of Tides and The Sixth Sense.

As well as conducting a symphony orchestra and choir comprising over 100 performers – matched with clips and montages from the movies – he will also tell stories from his incredible life working with many of the most famous names in film and music, such as Lawrence Kasdan, M. Night Shyamalan and Elton John.

‘I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a 30-year career in Hollywood and to have composed the scores for some of the biggest and best movies of all time. I can’t wait to share my music, and my memories, with the audience at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
During this very special evening, I’ll be conducting many of my best-known works, as well as telling the hidden stories behind the films, with the help of new interviews featuring some of my long-time collaborators.’
James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard, 3 November 2017

‘Whether you know James’s name or not, you’ll certainly know – and love – his music. For the first time, this concert will draw together the amazing highlights of his incredible career for a breathtaking multimedia extravaganza that no fan of the movies will want to miss. We’re also delighted to announce that James will be involved with our extensive Education & Outreach programme while he’s here – working to inspire young musicians from across London as part of his visit.’
Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall

Howard is currently composing the music for Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be released in November 2016.

A Grammy and Emmy award winner, he has worked on more than 120 acclaimed films and TV series, from Peter Jackson’s King Kong to the hit medical drama ER – for which he wrote the memorable theme tune – as well as co-writing the scores to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, alongside Hans Zimmer.

He has received ASCAP’s prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement and BMI’s Icon Award for Lifetime Achievement, been nominated for eight Oscars, and was named Film Composer of the Year in 2008, a distinction bestowed by the World Soundtrack Awards.

Recent work includes the Hunger Games series, and its song The Hanging Tree, performed by Jennifer Lawrence, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while his music attracts over 1.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

In addition to his contributions to film and television music, Howard has composed two concert pieces for the Pacific Symphony. I Would Plant a Tree debuted in February 2009, while his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra premiered in March 2015, featuring renowned violinist James Ehnes.

Away from film, he has also worked with a staggering collection of pop legends, including Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Randy Newman, Carly Simon, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He is currently serving as Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami.


3 Decades of Music for Hollywood receives its World Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 3 November 2017, before visiting 19 other European cities.

James Newton Howard – 3 Decades of Music for Hollywood is a GEA Live in association with The Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency production.