Michael Nyman - The Concert

Nyman film thumbnails Experimental composer Michael Nyman takes centre stage with the BBC Concert Orchestra for an evening of music specially selected from his thirty-plus film scores. The evening includes music from a diverse range of films such as The Piano, Gattaca, Prospero's Books, The Claim and The Draughtsman's Contract. This will be the first time Nyman has publicly conducted a large orchestra in this country and as a bonus, Nyman appears as Piano Soloist in The Piano.

Nyman's collaboration with Peter Greenaway started in 1976 and bore triumphant fruit in 1982 with The Draughtsman's Contract, their first feature film. Their partnership dissolved in 1991 after Prospero's Books, a cinematic reconceptualisation of The Tempest.

Hot on the heels of Prospero's Books, Nyman was asked to score Jane Campion's haunting film The Piano (1992). This score earned Nyman the greatest reviews of his career to date, converting lots of people to his music with CD sales breaking the three million barrier.

Nyman's first Hollywood score was to accompany Gattaca (1997), director Andrew Nicol's cautionary sci-fi tale of genetic engineering and social division starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. The score was nominated for a Golden Globe.

The Claim (2000), is a kind of Western movie directed by Michael Winterbottom. Set in 1846 it follows the life of goldminer Daniel Dillon who traded his wife and child for a claim to a gold mine. Twenty years later his wife and child return... The music dramatises the rather bleak, tragic story and also developed the Nyman sound world that he began to explore in his earlier Winterbottom film Wonderland.

The directness of his music will not disappoint. A perfect evening for everyone who enjoys film and great music.

Nyman Concert - The Details

Tuesday 17 June 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall
BBC Concert Orchestra

Michael Nyman
Conductor and Pianist

Music from Prospero's Books;
The Draughtsman's Contract;
The Piano; The Claim; Gattaca


"We've chosen the most
representative, attractive,
arresting and varied
scores from my output for
this performance."

Michael Nyman


Michael Nyman photo portrait

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Nyman Concert - The Competition

At mfiles we had 2 pairs of tickets to give away to see this Michael Nyman concert. Entrants needed to answer the following simple question:

Question:  What was Michael Nyman's first Hollywood score?

The closing date for the competition was Friday May 30th and so the competition is now CLOSED. The answer to the question is "Gattaca" and the lucky winners were Stephen Abel and Sylvia Orritt. Congratulations to them both!

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