Howard Blake says he was left out of the new soundtrack to the Christmas classic
The composer of ‘Walking In The Air’ from Raymond Briggs’ classic Christmas animation The Snowman says he was left out in the cold when he offered to score its sequel.
Howard Blake says he contacted the producer of The Snowman and The Snowdog and offered to write the soundtrack, and was asked to send a demo tape, The Times reports.
“I wrote saying I don’t do demos, but if you would like me to come and look at the script you are proposing I could let you know if I might be interested in composing a score for it. I never had a reply.”
Former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows has instead composed the film’s score along with British composer Ilan Eshkeri. It also features guest appearances from Muse’s Dom Howard, Ash’s Tim Wheeler, Tom Odell, Guillemots and Emmy The Great as well as a new version of Burrow’s single ‘Hometown’, which you can hear below.
‘Walking In The Air’ was first recorded in 1982 by Peter Auty, and was a hit for Aled Jones in 1985. The Maccabees also recorded a cover version of the song in 2010. Andy Burrows released his latest solo album ‘Company’ earlier this year.