British composer to headline this year's Kraków Film Music Festival

Powell is particularly known for his scores for animated films including the three parts of Shrek (co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), three Ice Age parts, Bolt, the How to Train Your Dragon film series and Solo: A Star Wars Story. MCSBasPJF/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

English composer John Powell will be the main guest at the 13th Music Film Festival (FMF) in Kraków, southern Poland, this year. He will appear during a concert at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre on May 31.

"The Music of John Powell" concert will be the crowning event of the festival and be hosted by the composer himself, who is particularly known for his scores for animated films including the three parts of Shrek (co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), three Ice Age parts, Bolt, the How to Train Your Dragon film series and Solo: A Star Wars Story. At the FMF's request, he will personally choose the compositions to be presented during the gala and include his scores which were nominated for the Oscar and Grammy Awards, as well as for British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.

Musicians from the Polish Radio Choir and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra will be led by Gavin Greenway, who is also an English music composer and conductor, a personal friend of Powell's, and familiar to FMF audiences from previous festivals.

"Earlier, we'll try to organize a meeting between John Powell and the audience," Marta Szkudlarek from the Kraków Festival Office told PAP on Tuesday.

The 13th Film Music Festival, organised by the Kraków Festival Office and RMF Classic radio station, will run from May 26 to June 1.