A docu-drama about the troubles of the London Philharmonic Orchestra during World War II.

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Joss Ambler ...
Adrian Boult ...
Himself (as Sir Adrian Boult)
Warwick Braithwaite ...
Himself
Clifford Buckton ...
Charles Carson ...
Mavis Clair ...
Mavis Clarke
Anthony Holles
Jack Hylton ...
Himself
Eileen Joyce ...
Herself
David Keir ...
Ben
Constant Lambert ...
Himself
Bryan Michie ...
Himself
Benno Moiseiwitsch ...
Himself (as Moiseiwitsch)
Hay Petrie ...
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Thye story of how the London Philharmonic Orchestra managed to stay together operating as a co-operative unit, with no government support, during WW II. During the course of the film, covering years of time, the baton is wielded by such conductors as Sir Adrian Boult, Constant Lambert, Warwick Braithwaite and Dr. Malcolm Sargent as the orchestra plays excerts from Mozart, Tchaikowsky, Greig, Beethoven, Wagner, Saint-Saens, Rachmanioff and others. About to disband for lack of financial support the musicians decide to remain together as a self-governing unit in order to bring good music to the provinces. Through the aid of novelist J. B. Preistly and others, they manage to survive the adversities of war and become a symbol of music's immortality. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | War

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Approved
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13 October 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Batalha da Música  »

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1.37 : 1
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Cockaigne Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Edward Elgar
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Great Film
31 May 2001 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is a fine film that makes you feel as if you have taken a step back in time. An out of business orchestra tries a new beginning by arranging concert dates at music halls around England in spite of the war. The music is great with sound quality you would not expect from a 60 year old movie. The film touches on higher ideals. Battle for the Music is one of those many great films that have vanished into the past.


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