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Christmas at the Movies City Hall, Glasgow

Whether or not they have seen the movie, Glasgow concert-goers have heard a fair chunk of the soundtrack of Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby.

After Bryan Ferry's Jazz Age band gave their contribution an airing at the Royal Concert Hall last month, Matt Dunkley - the man who has orchestrated Glasgow composer Craig Armstrong's movie music for the past 20 years - arrived to conduct the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a concert that showed how a popular programme can still be endlessly fascinating.

With tenor Jamie MacDougall bringing his presentation skills as well as his voice to the party (at its best on Lerner and Loewe's The Heather On The Hill from Brigadoon and Dunkley's arrangement of Yuletide tunes which closed proceedings), the first thing to note was that we heard half an hour of Scottish music (Patrick Doyle's score for Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire and Armstrong's music for Richard Curtis's Love, Actually) before a composer from outside of Scotland had a look-in.

If a Dimitri Tiomkin suite from It's A Wonderful Life was arguably in a class of its own, it was run close by Dunkley's exciting arrangement of the adaptation of Tchaikovsky that soundtracked Black Swan. That was one of a clutch of premieres of suites-from-scores that the conductor had brought, including the Gatsby one, which made Sunday afternoon a really special event for the packed house.

The other crucial ingredient was the musicianship of the SSO, its adaptable strings on top form, Julia Lynch hopping between keyboards with the athleticism of a percussionist, and Kate Chisholm's piccolo the main event of James Horner's music from Braveheart.

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