Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri for The Snowman and The Snowdog soundtrack
Story by Jack Foley
CHANNEL 4 has announced the music soundtrack to the new The Snowman and The Snowdog film has been penned and recorded by award-winning British composer Ilan Eshkeri and the supremely talented singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Burrows.
The sequel to the original Oscar-nominated classic, The Snowman, will feature a new story and musical soundtrack and will premiere this Christmas on Channel 4.
It will be screened on the 30th anniversary of the original film and will reunite viewers with the world’s favourite Christmas character.
The score for The Snowman and The Snowdog was recorded at Abbey Road Studios earlier this month by the London Metropolitan Orchestra.
The 60-piece ensemble was joined by a choir of Andy and Ilan’s celebrity friends, including Emmy The Great, Edith Bowman, All Angels, Celia Graham (Phantom of the Opera) and others.
The score also features violin from Haylie Ecker (former Bond member), guitar from Tim Wheeler (Ash), piano from Tom Odell, bass from Aristazabal Hawkes (Guilllemots) and drums from Dom Howard (Muse).
The film’s official single, Light The Night, written by Andy and Ilan and performed by Andy features in the iconic flying sequence of The Snowman and The Snowdog, just as Walking In The Air featured in the flying sequence of The Snowman.
In 1982, Walking in the Air was performed by St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty and later re-recorded for single release with Welsh chorister Aled Jones and became a chart hit.
Ilan (Stardust, The Young Victoria, Layer Cake) was delighted to collaborate with singer songwriter Andy. They had been looking to co-write a project for a while and had previously featured on each other’s work.
Andy played drums on Ilan’s score for Johnny English Reborn and Ilan wrote strings for for Andy and Tom Smith’s album Funny Looking Angels.
The secrecy surrounding the music of The Snowman and The Snowdog led Andy and Ilan to create the twitter trend #secretproject where photos were posted as the work progressed with music producers Steve McLaughlin and Tim Baxter.
Camilla Deakin, one of the producers of The Snowman and The Snowdog from Lupus Films, said: “We loved Ilan’s film composing work and knew that he’d collaborated with a number of major artists on songs for films so he felt the perfect choice for writing the soundtrack for The Snowman and The Snowdog.
“When we first met with Ilan we discussed the fact that we wanted the music to have the same hand-crafted feel as the film itself, with an honesty and intimacy about it that befits the fact that the film is all hand-drawn.
“We wanted songs that worked seamlessly with the score and an adult male voice this time, not a choir boy. So when Ilan played us some of Andy’s songs we knew that we’d found the singer-songwriter we needed.
“Light The Night is such a beautiful song and complements the images perfectly.”
Eshkeri added “The Snowman is an institution in the UK and I am incredibly excited to be involved in the sequel. The music is an iconic part of the film as, without dialogue, it helps to tell the story by expressing the characters’ emotions.”
And Andy Burrows said: “It was a huge honour to be asked to write the music with Ilan for The Snowman and The Snowdog. When he first rang me and told me, I dropped the phone. It’s a total dream come true for me.
“The new film has all the magic of the original and fills you with festive warmth, but floors you and has you in tears at the same time. Working with the same team who were responsible for the original film has been such a fantastic experience.”
Light The Night is available for download on iTunes from Monday, December 10, along with the track Hometown, which also features in the film.
Both tracks will be taken from the official The Snowman and The Snowdog album soundtrack released digitally on Monday, December 17, on Play It Again Sam Recordings.