Dustin O’Halloran & Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) are teaming up to score upcoming BBC and FX limited series A Christmas Carol. The 3-parter is written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) based on Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story and stars Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge, Andy Serkis as Ghost of Christmas Past, as well as Stephen Graham, Charlotte Riley, Joe Alwyn, Vinette Robinson, Jason Flemyng and Kayvan Novak. Nick Murphy (The Awakening) is directing all episodes. Knight is also executive producing the project with, Tom Hardy, Scott Free’s Ridley Scott & David W. Zucker (The Good Wife, The Man in the High Castle), Dean Baker & Kate Crowe (Taboo) and Mona Qureshi (Call the Midwife, Les Miserables) for the BBC. A Christmas Carol will premiere this holiday season in the UK on BBC and in the U.S. on FX.

O’Halloran & Bertelmann have previously co-scored 2016’s Lion, for which they received an Academy Award nomination, the 2017 original cut of The Current War and this year’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. They will also be collaborating on the music for the Netflix original movie The Old Guard.

  1. Patrick says:

    The score sounds extremely similar to the 2011 movie Moneyball.

    • Reese says:

      I swear to god been thinking where I heard this before. And I’m watching the end of moneyball now before I searched this and said that’s it but there has to another..yo I swear to god I just happened on money ball by accident but thanks for confirming..is there another score somewhere?didn’t know either was original. Thanks and Happy Newyears

    • Reese says:

      I also hear hints of Hans Zimmers flight on Man of Steel. Sure theres another with a deeper base tone thow just cant remember the movie they used it.

  2. Charles says:

    Anyone know the carol/hymn sang by the congregation in the church? I’d love to get a copy.

  3. Richard says:

    I hear a little Trent Reznor in this score.

  4. Saoirse says:

    Ben: You’re right. Here it is:
    Poetic translation
    Sleep my darling, on my bosom,
    Harm will never come to you;
    Mother’s arms enfold you safely,
    Mother’s heart is ever true.
    As you sleep there’s naught to scare you,
    Naught to wake you from your rest;
    Close those eyelids, little angel,
    Sleep upon your mother’s breast.

    Sleep, my darling, night is falling
    Rest in slumber sound and deep;
    I would know why you are smiling,
    Smiling sweetly as you sleep!
    Do you see the angels smiling
    As they see your rosy rest,
    So that you must smile an answer
    As you slumber on my breast?

    Don’t be frightened, it’s a leaflet
    Tapping, tapping on the door;
    Don’t be frightened, ’twas a wavelet
    Sighing, sighing on the shore.
    Slumber, slumber, naught can hurt you,
    Nothing bring you harm or fright;
    Slumber, darling, smiling sweetly
    At those angels robed in white.