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).
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
Tuesday 14 April 2015, 7.30pm
£26.50 to £44.50 (+£2 booking fee), £72 for VIP package
 “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
In person: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS
Tuesday 21 April 2015, 7.30pm
£24.50 to £50 (+£1.50 booking fee)  “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
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).