MovieScore Media joins the Christmas celebrations with its brand new holiday release: Matthew Llewelyn’s music for Colin Theys' Wishin' and Hopin', starring Molly Ringwald and Annabella Sciorra with narration by Chevy Chase. Based on the New York Times bestseller novel by award winning author Wally Lamb, Wishin' and Hopin' paints a nostalgic and vivid picture of 1960s New York through the story of Felix Funicello, a Catholic school fifth-grader whose biggest boast is being cousins with beach party queen Annette Funicello. This holiday season however shapes up to be different with the arrival of a new substitute teacher and a feisty Russian student who could teach our hero some extracurricular lessons...
Llewellyn masterfully combines the familiar with a contemporary flair while illustrating his craftsmanship and diversity as a thematic orchestral composer employing the full dynamic range of the orchestra. Recorded with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Llewelyn’s score positively sparkles with memorable motifs and sweeping orchestrations at center stage throughout this fun and festive film for the holiday season. "Director Colin Theys and I knew that the score needed to have that warm, comedic feeling,” explains Llewellyn. “It needed to be something that resonated not only with the holiday season but also to help tell a story that we can all relate to. If you like thematic, orchestral film scores then this one is for you!"
It's a score you can close your eyes and feel, not just hear it... it's a pleasant piece of music that is captured wonderfully by composer Matthew Llewelyn
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]