Way back in 2007, the BBC Proms did an evening of British Film Music, and I was there.
One of the many highlights of the evening was the performance of the ballet music from The Red Shoes. This was the first time it had ever been performed in public, from the original score, complete with the Ondes Martenot. The score had been unavailable for many years and we'd only managed to get it to the BBC the month before. In that time they'd sorted out all the parts, found an Ondes Martenot and someone to play it (thanks Cynthia Millar), and rehearsed the orchestra. That made the whole evening magical, especially as I was there with the widow Easdale and their children and grandchildren
But now some kind soul has put it all on YouTube. The whole thing starts at
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feJsR1Kgibc]YouTube - British film music, 1/14, William Walton - Battle of Britain - 'Battle In The Air'[/ame]
The performance of The Red Shoes is at
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbm9fvYADxs]YouTube - British film music, 5/14, Brian Easdale - The Red Shoes - Suite[/ame]