On Friday 20 October, Michael Giacchino, the Oscar®-winning composer behind some of your favourite film themes, celebrated his 50th birthday with a huge concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Joined by conductor Ludwig Wicki, with the Cinematic Sinfonia and the English Chamber Choir, the concert celebrated some of Giacchino’s very best scores, including Rogue One, Lost, Up, Jurassic World, War for the Planet of the Apes and The Incredibles, as well as the latest Star Trek films

(c) Andy Paradise
(c) Andy Paradise

Compered by Adam Savage, Giacchino, Wicki and the orchestra were joined on stage by the finest of the new generation of directors – the likes of JJ Abrams, Colin Trevorrow, Andrew Stanton, Gareth Edwards, Matt Reeves, Pete Docter and Benedict Wong, plus Muppet’s legend Dave Goelz with Gonzo the Great.

(c) Andy Paradise

(c) Andy Paradise

‘It was a silly evening, but it was also deeply warm, funny, sad, nostalgic and positive and – in fact – everything that Giacchino makes you feel when you hear his compositions.’
The Hollywood News

‘A superb evening with unforgettable moments, surprises and amazing music; who could ask for anything more!’
Jedi News

(c) Andy Paradise

(c) Andy Paradise

(c) Andy Paradise

(c) Andy Paradise

(c) Andy Paradise

(c) Andy Paradise

(c) Andy Paradise

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