A CD of the music included in the Ethel and Ernest feature film is now available for pre-order . It will be released by Decca records on the 11th of November.
Music is an integral part of the film, with an original score composed by internationally renowned composer and conductor Carl Davis. It is his first score for an animated feature and is performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London with a piano solo by Huw Watkins. There are also original recordings of songs and tunes from the 1920s through to the 1970s that give period flavour to the film, with artists as diverse as Gracie Fields, Charles Penrose, Juliette Greco, The Shadows and Dave Berry featuring on the soundtrack.
Two tracks in the film come from a very famous musical family. Back in the 1920s Sir Paul McCartney’s father, James McCartney, wrote a tune called Walking in the Park with Eloise when he was leader of the Jim Mac’s Jazz band, a version of which was recorded by Paul McCartney as The Country Hams in 1974. This has been re-arranged specially for the film by Carl Davis and performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London. In addition Sir Paul McCartney himself has written and performed a brand new song for the film – In The Blink Of An Eye – which plays over the first part of the end credits before leading into a reprise of Walking in the Park with Eloise.