Paul McCartney’s new song for the film is getting a great reaction

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Paul McCartney’s new song that features in Ethel and Ernest is getting some great reaction from fans. Visit the official Paul McCartney site to read some of them.

The original motion picture soundtrack CD (released by Decca on November 11th) also features a new recording of ‘Walking in the Park with Eloise’, a tune written by Paul’s father James McCartney who led Jim Mac’s jazz band in the 1920s. Look out for the Jim Mac’s Band poster outside the ballroom in the early part of the film as his tune is played!


Ethel and Ernest original motion picture soundtrack

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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.


Paul McCartney writes and performs a new song for Ethel and Ernest animated feature film

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The article in The Telegraph explains how Paul McCartney became involved with the Ethel and Ernest production


Musical director Chris Egan’s tweet from the recording of the orchestral part of the song. Angel  studios, north London (July 2016). The string arrangement for the song was provided by Carl Davis who conducted the Chamber Orchestra of London at the recording.

In addition to Paul McCartney’s new song the film also contains a tune written by Paul’s father called ‘Walking in The Park with Eloise’.  Paul’s father James McCartney was a leader of a jazz band in the 1920s. He was a trumpet player and led Jim Mac’s Jazz Band, with his brother Jack on trombone, and one of the tunes he composed was ‘Walking in The Park with Eloise’. Paul McCartney recorded the tune with Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer in 1974 under the pseudonym of The Country Hams. For the Ethel and Ernest film a new recording was made, arranged and conducted by Carl Davis, and recorded at Angel Studios in July 2016.

Walking in the Park with Eloise is heard during a sequence early on in the film, set outside a ballroom. It is reprised later on during the end credits and comes in immediately after the new song by Paul McCartney.

A soundtrack album of music from the film will be released soon by Decca records. It will include the new Paul McCartney song ‘In the Blink of an Eye’.