Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

James Newton Howard composed his first film score in 1985. And over 120 films later, with a Grammy, an Emmy and eight Academy Award nominations under his belt, he’s as busy as ever. “From the first cue I wrote, I was absolutely in heaven… I’d really found what I could do best. And I literally haven’t stopped since.” He joins the Philharmonia to conduct a selection of highlights from his film scores, including music from Fantastic Beasts, The Hunger Games and his collaborations with director M. Night Shyamalan.




Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1


More recently, Newton Howard has composed several works for the concert hall. His violin concerto is a lyrical, elegiac work. And British cellist Andrew Shulman, a former member of the Philharmonia, is the soloist in the cello concerto, which he premiered in spring 2019. The Los Angeles Times describes it as “a sequence of scenes, each with a different colour or mood”, with the cello as the central character.

Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
James Newton Howard – conductor
Violinist to be confirmed
Andrew Shulman – cello


NEWTON HOWARD Concerto for Violin (European premiere)

NEWTON HOWARD Concerto for Cello (European premiere)

— Interval —

NEWTON HOWARD Music from film soundtracks, to include highlights from The Hunger Games; Fantastic Beasts; M. Night Shyamalan films; Snow Falling on Cedars and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.


Southbank Centre
Philharmonia Orchestra