A night at the Proms and a real treat.
Not having seen him before, I was unprepared for the genius of Philip Achille.
Although I’m no expert, I gather it’s not often that a harmonica player takes centre stage at the Proms as a main soloist.
But that’s what Philip – aged just 18 – did.
You can see his wonderful performance of Larry Adler’s theme to Genevieve when a recording of Prom 2 from the Royal Albert Hall is screened on BBC2 at 6.05pm this Saturday.
And you can also hear it via the link on the page here.
Philip brought the house down during the two hour show, marking BAFTA’s 60th anniversary and BBC TV’s Summer of the British Film.
Introduced on stage by Richard E Grant, Music From Great British Films was performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
It included themes from Battle of Britain, Lawrence of Arabia, The Red Shoes, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Yanks, Wilde, Shadowlands, Harry Potter, Shakespeare In Love and The Dam Busters.
Lord Attenborough, 83, who has starred in over 60 films since his screen debut in 1942 and directed a dozen more, also made a moving speech.
The TV season continues on BBC2 at 9.05pm on Saturday with British Film Forever, the story of the British crime thriller, from the early days of Hitchcock to the modern era of Lock Stock.
It includes material from over 200 exclusive interviews with leading actors and directors, including Sir Michael Caine, Kate Winslet, Ewan McGregor and Richard Curtis.
As well as documentaries, concerts and special editions of other programmes, BBC2 is screening some 70 British films.
And seven of Britain’s greatest films will be shown at cinemas across the UK on Tuesdays from July 31 to September 11.
They include Goldfinger, Brief Encounter, The Wicker Man, The Dam Busters and Withnail & I.
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