Oscar winning Bel Ami composer Rachel Portman to open talks organized by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

LONDON — BAFTA and Oscar winning composer Rachel Portman will open a trio of talks by music gurus organized by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and concert venue the Royal Albert Hall.

Portman’s resume boasts movie music for host of titles such as Bel Ami, One Day, Never Let Me Go, The Duchess, Emma, Chocolat, The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Cider House Rules as well HBO’s Grey Gardens starring Drew Barrymore for which Portman won an Emmy.

Portman will be followed by an event with video games composer James Hannigan who will discuss his scores featuring in major games series including Harry Potter, Command and Conquer, The Lord of the Rings, Warhammer, EA Sports and Theme Park.

And Murray Gold, whose television work includes scores for DoctorWho, Casanova, QueerAsFolk and VanityFair will discuss his craft.

BAFTA and concert venue the Royal Albert Hall are teaming to present a series of three events Conversations with Screen Composers.

Once a month from May to July 2012, the composers will take the stage in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room to discuss their work, illustrated with clips and including some performance element.

In the first of what aims to be an annual series the debuting series is supported by PRS for Music and broadcaster and former BBC radio and TV host Tommy Pearson.

BAFTA and Royal Albert Hall’s Conversations with Composers will run from May – July 2012.