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Monday, 17 September, 2001, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
Potter theme gets Proms airing
Cast of the forthcoming Harry Potter film
The Harry Potter film will be released on 16 November
Music from the Harry Potter film got its first European airing when it formed the highlight of the CBBC Proms in the Park on Sunday.

The 90-piece BBC Philharmonic Orchestra played Hedwig's Theme, composed by John Williams, as part of a day-long children's event at the end of the annual Proms season.

Land of Hope and Glory was dropped from the event's bill after the attacks on America as children at the event were told it should be an enjoyable day, "but we also want to remember what has happened".

Saturday's Proms in the Park
The concert followed Saturday's Proms in the Park
The three-minute Hedwig's Theme will be featured in the hotly-anticipated first Harry Potter film, which appears at cinemas in November.

Described as "magical" by one of the Harry Potter fans in the audience, it was conducted by former BBC Young Conductor of the Year, Rumon Gamba.

Eleanor Grimley, aged eight, from Bedfordshire, said: "The music made me feel like I was in a scene from the book. I felt like Hermione.

"The bells at the beginning were very magical, and I felt like I couldn't wait to see the film."

Rumon Gamba
Rumon Gamba conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Hedwig's Theme was first performed in America in August, when one reviewer described it as "an agreeably lopsided and slippery waltz".

The soundtrack to the film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, will be released in America on 30 October.

John Williams has won five Oscars for his music for films including Schindler's List, ET and Star Wars.

The CBBC Proms in the Park, in London's Hyde Park, came the day after the Proms in the Park event that included a live link-up to the Last Night of the Proms.

The children's event was hosted by Blue Peter presenters Simon Thomas and Matt Baker, plus Steps star Faye Tozer.

Pop band Steps also gave the first performance of their Christmas single, Words Are Not Enough, while there were also performances from A1 and The Tweenies.

Opera singer Russell Watson and DJ Pied Piper were among the other stars to appear.

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