Happy New Year (nearly). In ~22 days’ time David Arnold, Nicholas Dodd (conductor), the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the New Dublin Voices and possibly some other special guests will be performing at the first of six orchestral concerts of David’s music for film, television and the London 2012 Olympics.
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Fact 2 the bloke who played the ‘pew!’ sound at the end of Countdown played tymps on my Narnia score — DavidGArnold (@DavidGArnold) September 12, 2010
Voyage of the Dawn Treader soundtrack Amazon (left) & iTunes (right)
This post was originally written on 30 December 2014 to highlight two showings of the film over the Christmas / New Year holiday (the film was shown on 31 December 2014 at 11am on Film 4 and on Saturday 3 Jan 2015 at 6.45pm). The post was updated on 22 February 2015 to accommodate a new screening on Film4, at 1pm, and again on 21 July 2015 (e4, 7.45pm).
Another update made on 7 Sep to highlight an upcoming broadcast of the film on 19 September, on Film4.
Philip Molloy of Newstalk’s Picture Show interviewed David on 22 November 2014 (right-click open in new tab) about the concert and in particular about his work on scoring James Bond franchise, Independence Day and Sherlock.
Bond composer David Arnold Show: The Picture Show
The Music of the Bond films is an essential part of the formula. Composer David Arnold chats to Philip ahead of his concert in The National Concert Hall, 22nd Jan 2015.
If you’re in Singapore you’ll be able to hear an orchestra play the end credits from Independence Day at an orchestral concert on 9 January, but have a look at the Concerts section of this website to see the orchestral events that David Arnold’s hosting in Dublin (22 January) and England (April to June).
@DavidGArnold I know its a minor detail but the way your score interrupts London Calling in Die Another day is Movie Soundtrack perfection
The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London is showing all James Bond films over a six month period beginning on 4 January 2015.
In a piece of rather nice timing David Arnold’s concert on 18 June 2015 at the Barbican takes place between the screenings of Casino Royale (happening on 14 June 2015) and Quantum of Solace (on 21 June), which are two of the five Bond films he scored (marked in bold below).
04 Jan 8:45pm – Dr. No
11 Jan 8:45pm – From Russia with Love
18 Jan 8:45pm – Thunderball
25 Jan 8:45pm – You Only Live Twice
01 Feb 8:30pm – Casino Royale (1967)
15 Feb 8:30pm – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
22 Feb 8:30pm – Diamonds Are Forever
01 Mar 8:30pm – Live and Let Die
08 Mar 8:30pm – The Man with the Golden Gun
15 Mar 8:30pm – The Spy Who Loved Me
22 Mar 8:30pm – Moonraker
29 Mar 8:30pm – For Your Eyes Only
05 Apr 8:45pm – Goldfinger
12 Apr 8:30pm – Never Say Never Again
19 Apr 8:30pm – Octopussy
26 Apr 8:30pm – A View to a Kill
03 May 8:30pm – The Living Daylights
10 May 8:30pm – Licence to Kill
17 May 8:30pm – GoldenEye 24 May 8:30pm – Tomorrow Never Dies 31 May 8:30pm – The World Is Not Enough 07 Jun 8:30pm – Die Another Day 14 Jun 8:30pm – Casino Royale 21 Jun 8:30pm – Quantum of Solace
28 Jun 8:15pm – SkyFall
Here’s the song Surrender (composed by David Arnold and David McAlmont, lyrics by Don Black and sung by kd lang) from the soundtrack’s end credits, which David McAlmont sang at David Arnold’s Royal Festival Hall concert in July 2014.
In 1997, [David Arnold] produced the album ‘Shaken & Stirred’, a selection of Bond themes performed by contemporary artists in such a way that old favourites were brilliantly re-imagined and thus reinvigorated. Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took notice and invited Arnold to score Tomorrow Never Dies.
“I think it indicated to them that there was a way of keeping what was good about the old stuff and making it contemporary,” Arnold notes, “keeping the spirit of it more than anything.”
At the time, he was riding high professionally after his work on films such as Stargate and Independence Day, the latter performing box office heroics and delivering Arnold a Grammy for his efforts.
“Even with Tomorrow Never Dies, we kind of did a little audition piece, I scored the pre-title sequence. We did that early on just to see how it was going to go, and it went very well so then they asked me to do the rest of it.”
From an interview with David Arnold at BAFTA Guru on 27 April 2009 (watch full video)
A concert recorded at London’s Royal Festival Hall in July celebrating the work of Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who also reminisces about his career, revealing the stories behind Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion King among others.
David Arnold is one of the performers in this show on BBC2 tonight which celebrates the work of Tim Rice. More information at Radio Times website.