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Newcastle United was BAFTA award winner’s biggest challenge

6 years ago

BAFTA award winning Chris Watson has revealed that his nearest brush with failure was at St. James’ Park.

Watson is the UK’s top wildlife sound recordist and won his BAFTA for work he did with Sir David Attenborough.

In an interview with Radio 4, the BAFTA award winner was asked which job he had been given where he’d feared failure the most…

Chris Watson:

 “There is one in particular and it was one of the most challenging things I have had to record.

“It wasn’t an animal sound, it was the sound of people for the St James’s Park programme.”

Only took three matches..:

“What happened was that it took me three games of going there to get the sound of them (Newcastle) scoring a goal.

“So that was one of the hardest recordings I had to make, because I wanted the sound of the stadium erupting, and it took a long time to get it.”

Inside the dangerous jungle of Newcastle United, Watson says the atmosphere was ‘Anything but tranquil’ and added:

“Over the following 90 minutes there are over 50000 people on the edge of their seats in St James’s park.

“With excitement, anguish, frustration and finally celebration (ED:If you wait long enough…) in their voices.”

‘St James’ Park’ was the second of five 15-minute-long programmes in the Soundstage series and was first aired last month on March 24.


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