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An evening with James Newton Howard


Conductor James Newton Howard holding a baton, wearing glasses and a black turtleneck


Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
James Newton Howard – conductor
Leila Josefowicz – violin
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

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.

More recently, Newton Howard has composed several works for the concert hall. His violin concerto starts as a lyrical, elegiac work, gradually widening into an adventurous third movement and epic, life affirming finale. 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.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£12 – £58 (premium)

Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours, including 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+


Please note the choir stalls are not on sale

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Part of 2020/21 London Season