Academy Award winner talks music and cinema

Rachel Portman, composer of scores for films such as Emma, Never Let Me Go and Chocolat, delivered on Friday a talk that provided Bedales students with an intriguing insight into the world of film music. She revealed secrets of the industry, such as the use of ‘click tracks’ (a sort of dynamic metronome used to conduct an orchestra in perfect synchronisation with a section of film) and spoke about her compositional process, which involves finding the emotional summit of a film and associating with it a motif that provides inspiration for the rest of the music. It was an enlightening talk for aspiring composers, directors and film fans alike. Bedalians will no longer see (or perhaps hear) film music in the same light again!

By Toby Matimong, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.


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