If you’re near London, go & see @MadeInDagenham the musical (music by David Arnold)

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Made in Dagenham the musical is quite remarkable and thoroughly lovely, and I highly recommend it.

If you can get a seat in the stalls I recommend that too (or make sure you bring a pound coin for the wee opera glasses because the set is really clever (by Bunny Christie – she’s nominated for a What’s On Stage award, more on that later)) and worth a good gawp just for itself, and the story is true, dramatic, touching and extremely funny – perhaps surprisingly so, given that it’s a story of inequality in the workplace.

And there’s loads of great music in it from David Arnold. Plenty of the sort of catchy tunes that people hum in the interval and on the way out. There was a lot of humming and la-la-la-ing of the rousing ‘Everybody Out’ during the interval when I was there (you can hear some of the songs on Made In Dagenham’s YouTube channel).

My favourite song in the musical (the beautiful ‘We nearly had it all’) is also one which David Arnold sang at his recent concert in Dublin and which Gemma Arterton sings (as Rita O’Grady) in the show.

Ah, it’s properly lovely 🙂

Another song I particularly like is a cleverly layered song which had the line ‘storm clouds on the horizon in it’ (I don’t know the names of the songs), also a light-hearted song in the first half which is sung by one of the factory women who can never seem to find quite the right word. That one made me laugh a lot but the whole show is great fun and extremely witty.

But it’s only on until 11 April 2015 (at the Adelphi, on the Strand) … so don’t miss it and, a few days after Made In Dagenham ends, David will be performing his next concert, in Manchester (14 April).

What’s On Stage awards

Made in Dagenham is nominated for four awards:

  • Best New Musical – Made in Dagenham
  • Best Actress in a Musical – Gemma Arterton
  • Best Set Design – Bunny Christie
  • Best Lighting Design – Jon Clark

You can cast your vote (it’s free) here: http://vote.whatsonstage.com/

Getting to Made in Dagenham / Adelphi theatre

Well obviously I am going to recommend you arrive at the Adelphi by ferry (closest piers for Thames Clippers ferries are either Embankment (closest) or London Eye) although the RV1 bus (Tower Hill to Aldwych / Covent Garden) is also good for seeing the sights. Basically head for the Waterloo / Covent Garden / Charing Cross area, the theatre’s opposite the Savoy Hotel.

And if you’re in the market for a non-fancy pre-show cheese sandwich I also recommend the Crown Cafe (136 Strand, on the same side as Somerset House / King’s College London). Other sandwich solutions also available.

See Adelphi Theatre on Google Maps.

Book tickets: http://www.madeindagenhamthemusical.com/

This is an unofficial website.

 

 

David Arnold’s next two concerts in April – Manchester & Liverpool

Manchester

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The organ at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester by Damian Entwistle on Flickr

Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 14 April 2015, 7.30pm
http://www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/whats-on/concerts/a-night-at-the-movies-with-david-arnold
£26.50 to £44.50 (+£2 booking fee[1]), £72 for VIP package

[1] “Bridgewater Hall booking fees: No fee applies to tickets bought in person and paid for by cash or cheque or bought as part of a fixed or flexible subscription.  Tickets bought in person at the Box Office using a debit card or credit card are subject to a 2% booking fee.”

Box Office: 0161 907 9000
Book Online 
In person: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS

 

Liverpool

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Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, via Wikimedia Commons

Philharmonic Hall
Tuesday 21 April 2015, 7.30pm
http://www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/whats-on/concerts/a-night-at-the-movies-with-david-arnold—liverpool
£24.50 to £50 (+£1.50 booking fee[2])

[2] “Philharmonic Hall Booking Fees: £1.50 per ticket administrative fee applies for online ticket orders, + 75p per order postage fee (if required).  As The Philhamonic Hall currently do not have an in-person booking facility due to the major refurbishment of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Booking Fees are waived for debit card transactions by telephone.”

Box Office: 0151 709 3789
Book Online
 

 

 

David Arnold’s next concerts are in April, with @MancCamerata, at @BridgewaterHall on 14th & @liverpoolphil on 21st

Above is a video recorded by David McAlmont, of him singing ‘Play Dead’ with the orchestra during the Dublin concert rehearsals for the evening’s performance.

Visitors to Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Thursday 22 January 2015 were treated to a fantastic, sold-out and enthusiastically-received-with-multiple-standing-ovations (see the Storify of all the lovely tweets about the event) orchestral concert of David Arnold’s music from his work in film, television (Sherlock), Olympics (closing ceremonies) and the musical Made in Dagenham (whose six month run in London has been extended for a couple of weeks to 11 April).

The music is fantastic to start with and the orchestra (RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd) and choir (New Dublin Voices) were utterly brilliant. I’m not sure how many in the audience (other than me) had also seen the concert in London but it was a delightful surprise to have David McAlmont back again to sing a couple of David A’s songs (you can hear David McA singing in the YouTube clip above).

National Concert Hall, Dublin - during David Arnold's concert

If you missed the Dublin show (commiserations!) and might consider travelling to England then the good news is that there are another five shows coming up, in England, between April and June. Possibly the most straightforward location for those coming from Ireland or Northern Ireland is Liverpool thanks to the ferry* connections but obviously flights go all over the place as well.

The five concerts are Manchester (14 April), Liverpool (21 April – cancelled, London (18 June), Birmingham (26 June) and Nottingham (28 June). All start at 7.30pm except London which starts at 8.

David Arnold’s next two concerts

Manchester

Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 14 April 2015, 7.30pm
http://www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/whats-on/concerts/a-night-at-the-movies-with-david-arnold
£26.50 to £44.50 (+£2 booking fee[1]), £72 for VIP package

[1] “Bridgewater Hall booking fees: No fee applies to tickets bought in person and paid for by cash or cheque or bought as part of a fixed or flexible subscription.  Tickets bought in person at the Box Office using a debit card or credit card are subject to a 2% booking fee.”

Box Office: 0161 907 9000
Book Online 
In person: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS

Liverpool (cancelled)

Philharmonic Hall
Tuesday 21 April 2015, 7.30pm
http://www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/whats-on/concerts/a-night-at-the-movies-with-david-arnold—liverpool
£24.50 to £50 (+£1.50 booking fee[2])

[2] “Philharmonic Hall Booking Fees: £1.50 per ticket administrative fee applies for online ticket orders, + 75p per order postage fee (if required).  As The Philhamonic Hall currently do not have an in-person booking facility due to the major refurbishment of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Booking Fees are waived for debit card transactions by telephone.”

Box Office: 0151 709 3789
Book Online
 


*Ferries

Stena run ferries from Ireland or Northern Ireland to England including: Dublin to Holyhead, Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead or Belfast to Liverpool (they also run ferries from Rosslare to Fishguard [Wales] and Belfast to Cairnryan [Scotland]) – Stena: Ferries to Britain

Irish Ferries run Dublin to Holyhead (and also Rosslare to Pembroke [Wales]) – Irish Ferries to Britain

P&O Ferries run a Dublin to Liverpool service – P&O Ferries Dublin to Liverpool (not sure if this is part of SailRail)

Journey times from Dublin to Holyhead are typically 3h+ in winter but in the Spring / Summer months (including April!) the ferries also use faster catamarans which get you across in under 2 hours (though these are more susceptible to weather problems).

I travelled to David’s Dublin gig from London using the SailRail scheme, with a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin [Irish Ferries there] and back [with Stena] via train from Euston – information from the Man in Seat 61 website: Ireland (& Northern Ireland).

Flying

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Manchester Airport

Trains

The TrainLine
Departure Boards (for real-time train information, more useful nearer the time of travel)

Listen again: @DavidGArnold interviewed about his upcoming (Thur 22 Jan) Dublin gig h/t @rte_co

David Arnold’s in Dublin for a concert of his film and television music tomorrow (Thur 22 Jan, 8pm), at the NCH. It’s practically sold out but there are a few tickets in the Stalls and in the Yellow Balcony.

There’s a fair old wait until his next concert, in April (Manchester, and the rest of them are in England too), so if you’re in or near Dublin and you’d like to hear all this lovely music…

  • Wing Commander Overture
  • Last of the Dogmen
  • Godzilla Main Titles
  • The Stepford Wives Main Titles
  • 2012 London Olympics Closing Medals Ceremony
  • Four Brothers Main Titles
  • Made in Dagenham
  • “Goodbye” from Paul
  • “Play Dead”
  • Stargate Suite
  • “White Knight” from Tomorrow Never Dies
  • “Only Myself to Blame”
  • “Surrender”
  • “City of Lovers” from Casino Royale
  • “The World is Not Enough”
  • “Night at the Opera” from Quantum of Solace
  • “You Know My Name” (instrumental)
  • Amazing Grace Suite
  • Sherlock Suite
  • Independence Day End Titles

…then come along on Thursday 🙂

Tickets from http://www.rte.ie/orchestras/2015/0122/coarnoldd.html or +353 (0)1 417 0000

Listen again

A hat tip to the RTÉ concert orchestra tweeter (@rte_co) for finding the timestamps for these interviews that happened earlier today. Here are their tweets…

In both cases wait a little while for the page to load and start the autoplay.

Also…

“Aedín Gormley invites guests to discuss the music that hold a special meaning for them. This week she meets film composer David Arnold.”

…don’t miss Aedín Gormley‘s interview with David from 16 January on the Lyric feature, which I think will disappear on Friday (and be replaced by the next interview): http://www.rte.ie/lyricfm/the-lyric-feature/

 

A few €20 / €18 tickets are available for @DavidGArnold’s concert in Dublin tomorrow

Edit, later that same day: Alas at the time of writing (2pm) these cheaper tickets have now gone, however tickets are fairly fluid things with people swapping them or finding they’re unable to attend at the last minute so always worth double-checking with the booking office or online. The concert is at 8pm tomorrow at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

https://www.nch.ie/Online/David-Arnold-22Jan15
Phone: +353 (0)1 417 0077
Email: info@nch.ie


Original post

There are a few €20 (€18 for senior citizens / students / unwaged) tickets are available for David Arnold’s concert on Thursday, in the Choir Balcony of the National Concert Hall.

As he’s got a choir (New Dublin Voices) performing with him it would seem that a choir balcony would be the ideal place to put them. Perhaps you’ll get to sit in with them, which might be rather thrilling 🙂 You’ll certainly be behind the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (facing the conductor) but well above them, and I think next to the fantastic organ too.

How to get these cheaper tickets

  • Go to https://www.nch.ie/Online/David-Arnold-22Jan15
  • click on the red ‘Book now’ button just below the 007 gun barrel, then scroll down to the end of the page
  • click the panel marked ‘unreserved’ at the bottom … and pick your seat. Alternatively call the box office on +353 (0)1 417 0000 or email info@nch.ie

There are still some full price tickets (€45) in the Stalls and a handful in the Yellow Balcony (also full price) but the cheapest tickets available now are those mentioned above in the choir balcony and seat T19 in the stalls (which is €40.50 for senior citizens / students or unwaged or €45 for everyone else).

It’s always worth checking for returns even on the day though, after all if the weather delays me on my ferry then mine might be up for grabs too (but I’m hoping I’ll get there on time!)

And here’s what might be on the (concert) menu

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Pre-concert ‘mealdeal’ dinner options and interval drinks at the National Concert Hall (@NCH_Music) in Dublin

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The beautiful auditorium at the National Concert Hall in Dublin where David Arnold’s doing a concert of his music next Thursday 22 January. Check out the organ! Creative Commons photo by Gaby on Flickr.

Thanks to the marvellous SailRail scheme I’m due to arrive in Dublin for David Arnold’s concert next Thursday a couple of hours before it begins. But we’re in the middle of a windy January and my journey involves a ferry from Holyhead… so the weather means I can’t be too certain about where I’ll have my pre-concert dinner. While I have my eyes on the “fresh papardelle pasta, cap mushrooms, freshly shaved parmesan, mushroom crème sauce and fresh rocket (€15.95)“, from the menu at the National Concert Hall’s The Terrace restaurant, I accept that it might end up being a packet of crisps* in a taxi if there are shipping delays.

If the weather is favourable though I’ll arrive at half five which gives me plenty of time to get to the venue and take advantage of the restaurant or the four bars** that open two hours before the concert (which starts at 8pm). And there should be a 20 minute interval too for which you can order pre-paid drinks for collection.

Note: If you’re thinking about going to the concert don’t delay getting a ticket too much as both the Stalls and the Yellow Balcony now have limited seating (the other sections have sold out): https://www.nch.ie/Online/David-Arnold-22Jan15

Food and drink at the NCH

There’s a MEALDEAL option available on most concerts (including this one) which gives you a starter, main and tea or coffee in The Terrace restaurant. There are instructions on how to book the meal deal when buying concert tickets, here’s the meal deal menu (also the regular menu which is individually priced for those buying items separately).

The starters include a soup of the day, beetroot & goat’s cheese or hot smoked barbecue salmon rilettes for the meal deal option and all the above plus foie gras and chicken liver parfait on the regular one.

The main course menu options include the pasta as above, also Barbary duck, Irish beef, smoked haddock or fish and chips (the meal deal menu has fish and chips, papardelle or a chicken breast option).

To reserve a table phone +353 1 417 0090 or email nch@withtaste.ie

*popcorn might be a bit more appropriate for a film-music concert than crisps
**perhaps there’s a blues venue that has 12

 

This is an unofficial website, sorry for the terrible ‘jokes’ 🙂

UK travellers heading to David Arnold’s Dublin concert – try SailRail (from any UK station), from £39

Yes flying is quicker but for those who like mildly heroic journeys involving ground-level scenery, trains and ferries then the SailRail option, highlighted on the The Man in Seat 61‘s website might be of interest if you’re heading to David Arnold’s concert in Dublin next Thursday 22 January at the National Concert Hall.

The entire journey from London to Holyhead (train) then ferry (with Irish Ferries) to Dublin then back again (with Stena Line ferries) to Holyhead then London via Chester costs £80.50 (tickets 2x£39 + £2.50 booking fee).

“You can buy cheap SailRail tickets between any rail station in Britain and any rail station in Ireland, covering train travel to the port, ferry to Ireland & onward trains in Ireland, all on one ticket.” From: How to travel by train & ferry from London to Dublin & Ireland

Online booking form: http://www.raileasy.co.uk/booking-process/ibeui/html/
(I found my tickets by selecting Irish Ferries on outward journey and Stena Line on return)
Phone: 0906 2000 500 (costs £1.02/min from BT landlines)

Day 147 - When the Boat Comes In
I get to travel on this on the way out – Ulysses (Irish Ferries). It’s quite big.

Now to find a hotel that’s near-ish to both the ferry ports and the National Concert Hall!

This is an unofficial website.


Example journey from London to Dublin

Outward journey £39 with reserved seats on train
London Euston (depart, train) 9.10am
Holyhead (arrive): 12.50
Holyhead (depart, ferry): 14.20
Dublin Port – Irish Ferries (arrive): 17:25

Return journey £39 with reserved seats on both trains
Dublin Port – Stena ferries* (depart, ferry): 8.20am
Holyhead (arrive): 11.50am
Holyhead (depart, train): 12:32
Chester (arrive): 14:15
Chester (depart): 14:35
London Euston (arrive): 16:39

*near (but not identical to) the Irish Ferries port

Other example fares given on the Man in Seat 61’s page for Ireland include
• London to Dublin from £39
• London to Cork, Limerick, Galway from £60.50
• Manchester or Liverpool to Dublin £34
• York, Leeds, Birmingham to Dublin £37