Nigel Hess’s original score to Ladies in Lavender has garnered admirers the world over since the film, starring Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, premiered in 2004.  Joshua Bell performed the violin solos on the haunting soundtrack, the latter earning a Classical Brit nomination for Hess.
The ‘Fantasy For Violin and Orchestra’ and the ‘Ladies in Lavender Theme’ appear regularly in concert programmes, but we are now pleased to announce that a new 15-minute Ladies in Lavender Suite for violin and orchestra is available, following the premiere by Clio Gould and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (under Hess's baton) on 14 June 2012.  

The premiere formed part of a programme “A Celebration of British Film”, devised and conducted by Hess and Christopher Gunning. and which, aside from their own scores (also Hess’s The TV Detectives suite), also included music by Vaughan Williams, Walton, Alwyn, Britten, Richard Rodney Bennett, Bliss and Addinsell. 

You can see Nigel Hess and Christopher Gunning talking about the programme in to interviews, here and here.