FREE – win 2 tickets to David Arnold’s film music concert, in Nottingham on Sunday

One lucky person can win two tickets (which means there’ll be two lucky people then!) to David Arnold’s concert in Nottingham this Sunday.

To enter you need to

  1. Follow @RoyalNottingham (the Twitter handle for the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham) on Twitter
  2. Retweet their tweet
  3. Have a Plan B in case someone else wins the tickets eg buying some from the Royal Concert Hall or googling to see if anyone else is offering some 🙂 – at time of writing, ‘no’.
  4. Good luck!

(retweet the tweet above to enter, make sure you’re following them too)

I’m not aware of any new free tickets for the Birmingham concert this Friday 26th June (there was an offer but it ended a couple of weeks ago, if I come across any I’ll add them here).

This is an unofficial website.

For #filmmusic fans: David Arnold’s in Birmingham and Nottingham this weekend

David Arnold’s last two concerts this weekend!

BIRMINGHAM Friday 26 June 2015, Symphony Hall (A5 flyer for Birmingham concert)
NOTTINGHAM Sunday 28 June 2015, Royal Concert Hall (A5 flyer for Nottingham concert)

This weekend there are two opportunities to hear David Arnold perform his music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and David McAlmont (special guest) on his ‘A night at the movies’ tour. I went to the Barbican concert in London last week and it was absolutely brilliant – fantastic music and entertaining stories from David. The first concert is at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Friday 26th June and the second’s at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 28th June (click either link for tickets).

The ‘about the concert’ info on the venues’ websites lists the films etc for which he’s composed music, some of them very well-known (Stargate, Independence Day, BBC’s #Sherlock and five of the James Bond films) some of them perhaps less so (I thought the music he played from Four Brothers was particularly lovely) but the text doesn’t really capture the experience of hearing these pieces live, or the audience’s reaction.

After David’s previous concerts I’ve collected together some of the tweets that people wrote during and after (limited wifi at the Barbican so many of the tweets were sent later on). It’s clear that people have hugely enjoyed themselves and you can see more of the Barbican tweets here and tweets and reviews of his previous concerts here.

Here’s an example of some of the films (and a musical) that he’s scored (click the picture to visit the music and soundtracks page on this site).

An example of David Arnold's scores - click to visit the soundtracks page

Click on the pictures below for information about (and tickets for) each concert –


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Listen again: David Arnold talking on BBC Radio Nottingham about his work (and concert in Nottingham on Sun 28th)

**If you’re reading this on a mobile phone in central London head over to Leicester Square as they’re showing Quantum of Solace tonight (Sun 21 June) at the Prince Charles Cinema at 8.30pm, £11**

Listen again (from 12min 30sec) to David Arnold talking about meeting David Walliams, writing the theme tune for Little Britain, the changing processes of composing music and his upcoming concert in Nottingham.

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The intro, from the presenter Jo Davies nicely encapsulates his work: “Next Sunday night on the 28th of June you can see David Arnold live in concert. Now ‘David Arnold’ might not be a name that you immediately recognise but I’m sure you will immediately recognise his work, because he is an award-winning composer and he’ll be performing songs and scores from his career which includes soundtracks from five different Bond films like Casino Royale, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies. He’s written the score for Independence Day, he was heavily involved in London 2012, Made in Dagenham the musical and also TV shows like Sherlock, and Little Britain.”

David Arnold is performing his music at a concert next Sunday evening (7.30pm, 28th June) at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and David McAlmont as special guest on vocals (Arnold also sings). He’s also doing a concert on the Friday night (7.30pm, 26th June) at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

You should go if you’re able – and I can back this up with evidence 🙂 Look at all these tweets from people who attended his recent London conference at the Barbican with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A very happy audience.

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Listen again: recent radio interviews w @DavidGArnold who’s doing a concert of his music tomorrow

**David Arnold’s film music concert at the Barbican, London is on Thursday 18 June at 8pm**

This morning David Arnold was the mystery guest on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show, talking in particular about his work on the James Bond films. You can listen again for the next 29 days (at time of writing), click on the picture below to go to the media player page. If you just want to hear David’s brief interview the introduction to it starts at 2hr 12m 06s but the entire show is great fun.

First broadcast: Wednesday 17 June 2015


David Arnold interviewed on Chris Evans’ breakfast radio show

A much longer (fascinating and quite geeky) interview was broadcast on Monday evening in which David spoke to Russell Davies for his BBC Radio 2 programme ‘The Art of Artists’. This one hour episode is available to listen again for another 28 days (at time of writing).

First broadcast: Monday 15 June 2015

Photo of Russell Davies (L) and David Arnold (R)

David Arnold interviewed on Russell Davies’ evening radio show

More interviews at the Listen page in the menu above.

Win two tickets to the @BarbicanCentre for @DavidGArnold’s concert w @rpoonline & @davidmcalmont on Thursday 18th June

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 09.40.33The competition has now closed.

Next Thursday (18 June) the composer David Arnold (who has written music for five of the James Bond films, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, Amazing Grace, Stepford Wives and loads more, and co-written the music for Sherlock with Michael Price) will be performing some of his film and TV music, and songs, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London. Special guest on vocals is the wonderful David McAlmont.

David’s debut concert in London’s Royal Festival Hall went down an absolute storm last year as did his concerts this year in Dublin and Manchester. There are three of his ‘A Night at the Movies’ concerts remaining, this one in Barbican and another two in Birmingham and Nottingham at the end of June.

Birmingham City Council is offering a couple of free tickets for the Birmingham concert but read on to find out how to win tickets for David’s Barbican concert.

The Barbican is rather well suited to a concert that includes David Arnold’s Bond themes. There’s an on-site Martini Bar on Level 1 which offers a range of martini-based drinks including the Vesper Martini made famous in Casino Royale. This seems like an ideal interval drink (soft drinks also available, always drink responsibly 🙂 ) The Barbican’s Food Hall (Ground Level) has a delicious range of sandwiches and snacks, including Tunnock’s teacakes.

**A few days before the concert (Sunday 14 June, 8pm) there’ll be a screening of Casino Royale at the Prince Charles Cinema in London at which David Arnold will be interviewed by Neil Alcock (@IncredibleSuit)**


Win two tickets to David Arnold’s concert next Thursday 18 June (8pm) at the Barbican Centre
>>click to enter competition or click the picture below<<

Rectangle banner of some of David Arnold's films

A Night at the Movies – including the scores to these which David Arnold wrote (Michael Price co-wrote the music for Sherlock)

David Arnold’s concerts in 2015
Dublin | Manchester | London | Birmingham | Nottingham | Lucerne
22 Jan |     14 April     | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June    | 23 October

This is an unofficial fan website but you can sign up for updates and follow this website on Twitter @DGAUnofficial.
David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold

FREE: Win two tickets to @DavidGArnold’s Birmingham concert w @TheCBSO, 26 June @THSHBirmingham h/t @BhamCityCouncil

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 23.07.59The Birmingham Bulletin has two free tickets to give away for David Arnold’s concert in Birmingham later this month (26 June, 7.30pm) where he’ll be performing alongside the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. His previous concerts in London (last year), Dublin and Manchester this year have been hugely popular and if you want to whet your concert appetite have a browse through the lovely enthusiastic tweets sent at David’s Dublin concert. It really was a special night 🙂

To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to email your answer to the question below along with your contact details. I may have dropped a subtle hint in with the answer options…

Q: What is the title of the much-anticipated new Bond film due out later on this year?
A: Thunderball               B: Spectre    *cough*                C: Quantum of Solace

Send your answer and contact details to by 14 June. Put ‘Arnold’ in the subject field.

Good luck!

If you aren’t lucky enough to win the free pair then you can buy tickets from the venue’s website. If you can’t make the Birmingham June concert there’s one in London on the 18th and one in Nottingham on the 28th, details below. David’s also the guest at a concert of his music in Lucerne later this year.

David Arnold’s concerts in 2015
Dublin | Manchester | London | Birmingham | Nottingham | Lucerne
22 Jan |     14 April     | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June    | 23 October

This is an unofficial fan website but you can sign up for updates and follow this website on Twitter @DGAUnofficial.
David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold

Come and hear @DavidGArnold talk about scoring Casino Royale (+screening) @ThePCCLondon Sun 14 June #JamesBond #007

Given that both interviewer (Neil Alcock aka @IncredibleSuit) and interviewee (@DavidGArnold) make me laugh quite a lot on Twitter I’m really looking forward to this on Sunday 14 June at the Prince Charles Cinema (PCC) in London. Neil will be interviewing David before a screening of Casino Royale which is one of the five James Bond films that David has scored. The PCC is currently screening ALL of the James Bond films in order every Sunday evening, before they are withdrawn from distribution until the new film (Spectre) is released.

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Neil’s previously interviewed David for his blog An Exclusive Interview With Filmy Musicy Man David Arnold!

Casino Royale has a spectacular opening sequence accompanied by this incredible theme song written by David Arnold and Chris Cornell (who sings it) – You Know My Name.

At David’s concert at the Royal Festival Hall he did an instrumental version of this song which was pretty cool, here’s hoping it’s in the program for his Barbican concert on the 18th June too (more concerts after that in Nottingham and Birmingham, details below).

Here’s the beautiful ‘City of Lovers’ performed at David’s Royal Festival Hall concert in July 2014.

I’ve been watching the series of Bond films at the PCC and have noticed that an advert for Cadbury’s Puddles keeps popping up. It occurred to me that if you were going to have some sort of confectionery sponsorship of David’s interview at the cinema* Cadbury’s might be the way to go. There’s also a biscuit called Arnott’s Royals which sound well-suited to the event but alas they’re Australian and I’m not sure there’d be time to import them. *They had cakes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Goonies which was screening at the same time as Die Another Day on Sun 7 June.

Fans of James Bond might like this t-shirt

Or this one, from Slightly Wrong Quotes “The name is James. James Bond.”

David Arnold’s concerts in 2015
Dublin | Manchester | London | Birmingham | Nottingham | Lucerne
22 Jan |     14 April     | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June    | 23 October

This is an unofficial fan website but you can sign up for updates and follow this website on Twitter @DGAUnofficial.
David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold