Matilda Tops The Charts
Written by Jamie Griffiths on December 16, 2022
Matilda Tops The Charts
The soundtrack to Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical storms into the Top 10 of the Official Compilation Albums Chart, finishing the week at number 8, just ahead of Ministry of Sound The Annual 2023 and Hamilton – and jumps to an incredible Number 1 in the Official Soundtracks Chart!
The soundtrack features hit songs written by Tim Minchin, including TikTok viral sensation ‘Revolting Children’, ‘When I Grow Up’, ‘Naughty’, and brand-new original track, ‘Still Holding My Hand’. Having dominated the box office on release, and with the soundtrack quickly gathering momentum, Matilda The Musical is set to be the must-see family movie this Christmas.
Netflix’s new film inspired by the award-winning musical of the same name. The album features Grammy® and Tony® Award-nominated vocal songs from the original West End production written by Tim Minchin as performed by the film’s cast, as well as 10 instrumental score pieces by composer and orchestrator Christopher Nightingale. With vocals by Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Andrea Riseborough and Stephen Graham, as well as newcomer Alisha Weir as Matilda, the album includes some of the original musical’s favorite numbers like “Revolting Children,” “Naughty,” “When I Grow Up” and more, as well as a special, never-before-heard track newly written for the film entitled “Still Holding My Hand”.
Of the new original song, composer Tim Minchin says, “There came a moment when the filmmakers told me they thought the film needed a new song. I was a bit skeptical about it initially, as I view the original musical as a complete work, but when I read the latest draft of the script, I realized that they were absolutely right and the film really called for an ending number. It needed to be wrapped up in some way, for all the musical and thematic threads to be tied up in a nice bow. Which is how ‘Still Holding My Hand’ came to be. And now that I’ve seen how the song functions in the film, I’m so very glad I had the opportunity to write it.”
“The range and breadth of musical opportunity that this classic story offers up is a gift for any composer,” adds Christopher Nightingale. “The diversity of the songs is gloriously far-reaching, and my first job in writing the original score was to try and build a framework that might bind things together; find, create and extend common ground. I am incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to write a score that has had such intrinsic value in a movie. Matthew Warchus is innately musical himself, and it’s excellent to work with someone who values and understands the role music plays in a story like this.”