A Conversation with Oscar-Nominated Composer Patrick Doyle

March 29, 2018, 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

John Williams Scoring Stage (JWS), 3450 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you and a guest to attend

A Conversation with Oscar-Nominated Composer Patrick Doyle

Discussing the Music of Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Photo (L) courtesy of Kenneth Dundas | Photo (R) courtesy of Matthew Andrews

2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The John Williams Scoring Stage, JWS
3450 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Presented in conjunction with 50 Years of Planet of the Apes
A Visions & Voices Exhibit and Film Retrospective at the USC School of Cinematic Arts


About Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 1975, where he was made a Fellow in 2001.

After many years composing for theatre, radio and television, Patrick joined the Renaissance Theatre Company as composer and musical director in 1987. In 1989 director Sir Kenneth Branagh commissioned Patrick to compose the score for feature film Henry V, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and they have subsequently collaborated on numerous pictures, including Much Ado About Nothing’, Hamlet, As You Like It and Cinderella. Patrick and Branagh’s collaboration within film and theatre has continued to this day, with theatre performances worldwide that include Branagh’s Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory, New York, in 2014, and productions of The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet and The Entertainer during Branagh's 2015-16 season at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.

Patrick has been commissioned to score over 50 international feature films, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gosford Park, Sense and Sensibility, Indochine, Carlito’s Way and A Little Princess. His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, such as Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuaròn, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.

In October 2007, Patrick Doyle's Music from the Movies sell-out concert on behalf of The Leukaemia Research Fund was staged at The Royal Albert Hall. It was directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and starred a host of international talent, including Emma Thompson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench and Alan Rickman, among many others. In December 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra performed a programme of Patrick’s work in a special celebratory concert at the Barbican for Patrick’s 60th birthday, at which Sir Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and soprano Janis Kelly performed.

Patrick has received two Oscar, two Golden Globe, one BAFTA and two Cesar nominations, as well as winning the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for Henry V. He has also been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The World Soundtrack Awards and Scottish BAFTA, the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP and the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.

Patrick has composed several concert pieces, including Tam O Shanter, commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust; Corarsik, composed for Emma Thompson’s birthday; The Face In The Lake, commissioned by Sony and narrated by Kate Winslet and The Thistle and the Rose, commissioned by Prince Charles in honour of the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday. His concert suite Impressions of America received its world premiere in July 2012 with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, of which Patrick is a patron.

Patrick scored Rise of the Planet of the Apes for Fox Studios, and Brave for Disney/Pixar, for which he was subsequently awarded Best Original Composition for Film at the International Music and Sound Awards. In addition, Patrick completed a score for the silent movie IT starring Clara Bow, commissioned by The Syracuse Film Festival, which received its world premiere at the Syracuse historic Landmark Theatre in October 2013. His score was recently performed in Glasgow at the Royal Concert Hall by young students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Orchestra as part of a pioneering music education programme for the International Society for Music Education (ISME).

In 2015, Patrick completed work on the music for Walt Disney’s live action version of Cinderella, directed by Branagh and marking their eleventh film collaboration to date. Patrick also completed recording a solo piano album, made up of a collection of his film scores to date, which was released by Varese Sarabande in July 2015. In 2016 Patrick completed the scores for the remake of Scottish classic Whisky Galore! and Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom. Most recently, Patrick completed the scores for Sony’s The Emoji Movie, Twentieth Century Fox’s Murder On The Orient Express and the animated film, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, starring Helena Bonham-Carter and Logan Lerman. The latter film is a World War One Centennial Commission Commemorative Partner.

About 50 Years of Planet of the Apes Exhibit & Film Retrospective

The USC School of Cinematic Arts has partnered with 20th Century Fox Film to host an exclusive exhibit and retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes franchise titled 50 Years of Planet of the Apes.

A vast collection of props, costumes, photos, posters and artwork from across all iterations of the longstanding franchise will be on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall at USC this spring. The exhibit will be available to visit as a work-in-progress from January 26th - February 8th and all final displays will be open from February 9th through May 13th, 2018. A series of panels and screenings will complement the exhibit, including all feature films from the Planet of the Apes universe.

The exhibit is in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 1968 release of the first Planet of the Apes film, the original installment of the still expanding franchise that now includes four sequels, a TV series, an animated series, comic books, merchandise, and 20th Century Fox Film’s highly successful prequel film series Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

50 Years of Planet of the Apes is funded by USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and is free and open to the public. The Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall is located in the lobby of the George Lucas Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M., and Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Produced by Alessandro Ago for the USC School of Cinematic Arts, in collaboration with Sandra Garcia-Myers, and Chris Castelonia for 20th Century Fox Film.

Learn more about the calendar of events at: http://cinema.usc.edu/Apes


Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 1:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

50 Years of Planet of the Apes is generously sponsored by

For more information about upcoming programming and events offered by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, please visit their website.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu