Jacob Collier and his mum turn up the “Home Alone warmth” with a moving rendition of John Williams’ Somewhere In My Memory

Feeling Christmassy yet? If you’re not, then Jacob Collier playing John Williams’ Somewhere In My Memory - AKA the theme from Home Alone - with his mum, Suzie Collier, should get you in the mood.

Filmed, by the looks of things, in the now famous back room where Collier has been making music since he was a child, the Instagram clip features son on electric piano and mother on violin.

While Suzie sticks pretty faithfully to the original melody, Jacob can’t resist a bit of jazzy reharmonisation. He never goes too far down the muso rabbit hole, though; this a lovely, surprisingly moving take on what’s become a Christmas classic.

Jacob Collier is currently gearing up for the release of the final album in his Djesse series - volume 4 - which is scheduled to arrive on the leap-year-tastic  29 February. We’ve already heard plenty of it, though, by way of four singles that feature Lizzy McAlpine, John Mayer, Steve Vai, Brandi Carlile, Lawrence, Michael McDonald, Stormzy and Kirk Franklin.

Suzie Collier, meanwhile, is a conductor, violinist and educator. She also hosts her own podcast, Suzie Explores, which focuses on “the nature of creativity and curiosity”. Interviewees have included Jools Holland, Steve Vai, Evelyn Glennie, Maddison Cunningham and - most recently - Louis Cole.

Jacob Collier and Suzie Collier

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Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.