What a fantastic concert with @DavidGArnold in Lucerne on Friday :)

I have recently been to the utterly beautiful Lucerne* in Switzerland for David Arnold’s last (that I know of) concert of 2015.

He performed (sang, pianoed, guitared… and also wrote all the music in the first place!), to a packed audience in the KKL Luzern, with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ludwig Wicki – it was fantastic! He chatted quite a lot with the audience, apologising for speaking English instead of Swiss German but judging from the laughter everyone understood him perfectly.

Obviously as this is a fan site you can naturally expect quite a bit of enthusiasm from me about the music but it was lovely to see and hear the audience on its feet and clapping for several minutes at the end. I do hope he releases a record cos the only time we get to hear him sing is at his concerts!

*by the way I highly recommend the red cogwheel railway trip from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm which takes you up a great big mountain on a train at a ~45 degree incline. The world needs more David Arnold concerts and more cogwheel trains up mountains.

Hover over the pictures in the gallery below to see the captions, click on any picture to enlarge then use the < and > arrows to scroll through and the X at the top left to return to the post.

“Come this far” live w @LethalBizzle, @SineadHarnett & @DavidGArnold, thanks to @bulmerscider #LiveColourful

Thought you might like to see this 🙂 Lethal Bizzle and Sinead Harnett singing ‘Come this far’ at One Mayfair on Tuesday 13 October, with David Arnold conducting the orchestra. For more info on the song see New track from David Arnold, Sinead Harnett & Lethal Bizzle – you can download a free copy of the track from Bulmers Cider #LiveColourful LIVE website.

Lethal Bizzleeee POW 💥@bulmers_cider #livecolourful

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Long Player: @petepaphides interviews @DavidGArnold about music (and biscuits)

Here’s 1hr 22mins of amiable chatting, quite a lot of it about music (feat. biscuits). Lots of nice clips of music from David’s career and a pretty good overview of what to expect at his concert next week (in Lucerne, Switzerland).

Long Player Episode 7 – ‘David Arnold’ by Long Player With Pete Paphides on Mixcloud

“Since bagging a Grammy for his fourth film score Independence Day, David Arnold has gone onto become the most consistently successful British film composer of the past 20 years. In 1997, he stepped into John Barry’s shoes and – with Barry’s blessing – scored Tomorrow Never Dies and four further Bond movies. Along the way, he has also composed music for a succession of Hollywood blockbusters – among them The Chronicles Of Narnia, Godzilla and Stargate. But he’s arguably better still when bringing his considerable gifts to bear upon British projects. As musical director of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he devoted himself exclusively to the job for 18 months, and says he was left transformed by the experience.

More than any of this stuff though, what David Arnold really likes to talk about is biscuits. Not just biscuits, but also a range of other savoury and sweet snack treats. For the seventh Long Player, he lets Pete Paphides in on his criteria for a perfect biscuit.”

Pete Paphides has interviewed lots of other people too, more information at Long Player. He also hosts a show on Soho Radio.

Next Friday (23 October) David Arnold‘s music will be celebrated, in Lucerne’s massive KKL concert hall, by the amazing film-music playing orchestra (and choir) – 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki. Tickets are available here and there are some half-price ones too.

For those in London tomorrow (Tue 13th Oct) he’s also doing a one-off event with Lethal Bizzle and Sinead Harnett at One Mayfair, more info here http://www.bulmers.co.uk/livecolourfullive/ (you’ll have to put in a date to show you’re over 18 first).

Things to do in Lucerne (featuring chocolate, mountains and lovely film music from @DavidGArnold)

Props to the Lucerne Tourist office for having @I_love_Lucerne as their Twitter handle by the way, they’re situated on Platform 3 of the main railway station and the office closes at 7pm.

Here are some things you can do if you happen to be visiting the beautiful city in Switzerland – which I hope to do for ‘The music of David Arnold‘ at the KKL Luzern on Friday 23 October 2015.

And to start us off, some gorgeous music to accompany this post. It’s David himself conducting an orchestra playing the beautiful ‘Night at the Opera’ from Quantum of Solace, which he scored.

Practise your German
Lucerne is in the German-speaking bit of Switzerland but the school system encourages people to learn a second and / or third of the four national languages. Sadly (for me) English isn’t one of the national or official languages but I’m reliably informed that people speak English very well.

In terms of getting to grips with German I’m afraid I’m with Mark Twain who was not particularly complimentary about the language and who suggested some improvements to the word order 😉 “I would move the Verb further up to the front. You may load up with ever so good a Verb, but I notice that you never really bring down a subject with it at the present German range — you only cripple it.‘The Awful German Language’ – Mark Twain

Eat a reasonable amount of chocolate
There are chocolate factories (a delightful concept!) in Lucerne including Max Chocolatier and Aeschbach Chocolatier: ChocoStudioFun and Bachmann which has several stores in Lucerne. There’s also the Swiss Chocolate Adventure which can be found at the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne and which is a ‘dark ride‘ (not actually that dark, they’re just called that) taking you on a journey about the history of chocolate.

Take a ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway
You could work off the chocolate by going for a very steep walk but probably safer to take the cogwheel railway [timetable] to enjoy the view from Mount Pilatus. There’s a ‘Golden Round Trip’ which involves a boat trip on the lake as well as a jaunt up the mountain, more info here.

Pilatusbahnstasjonen i Alpnachstad

Lucerne also has a new aerial cableway called the Dragon Ride but alas it’s closed for maintenance from 19 October, but here’s a picture of it. Happily the railway is open until mid-November though.

Mount Pilatus

Enjoy some fantastic film music from David Arnold, possibly half-price 🙂
Lucerne’s acoustically impressive KKL Concerthall is hosting ‘The music of David Arnold‘ with conductor Ludwig Wicki and the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Here’s what’s on the menu and here’s the link for a few half-price tickets (while stocks last!).


Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.59.53David’s music is lovely and people have been enjoying his concerts in Ireland and the UK. You can read some of the enthusiastic tweets sent to him at his Dublin concert and the reviews of all of his concerts so far on the Reviews page.

“Well ’s concert is wonderful. Superbly charming host. My love for Stargate is unparalleled. Also Made in Dagenham sounds ace!” – Cumberbatchweb

“Fantastic concert last night from at The Barbican. And just when it couldn’t get better, on strode – splendid!” – reluctant_gent


Win / Gewinnen Sie tickets for David Arnold’s concert in Lucerne on 23 October 2015, 7.30pm

Download a flyer for this concert, programme below.
Laden Sie einen Flyer für dieses Konzert, Programm unten.

Fancy winning tickets to an evening of music like this in Lucerne, Switzerland? If so, read on.
Möchten Sie Tickets zu einem Abend der Musik wie diese in Luzern, Schweiz? Wenn ja, lesen Sie weiter.


Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.59.53You can win a pair of tickets to ‘The music of David Arnold‘ at KKL Luzern, Lucerne’s massive and acoustically marvellous Concert Hall on Friday 23 October 2015. You’ll need to enter by Friday 9th but don’t despair if you’re not a winner as there are also some discounted tickets available too. And of course regular-price tickets.

Deutsch-Übersetzung (hoffentlich!)
Sie können ein Paar Tickets zu “The Musik von David Arnoldim KKL Luzern, Luzern massiven und akustisch wunderbaren Konzertsaal am Freitag, 23. Oktober 2015 zu gewinnen. Sie müssen bis Freitag, 9. geben, aber nicht verzweifeln, wenn Sie nicht gerade ein Gewinner, wie es gibt auch einige ermäßigte Tickets zur Verfügung auch. Und natürlich regelmäßige Preistickets.

FREE / discounted tickets for events involving @DavidGArnold’s music in October

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.55.39Monday 5 October 2015
• On TV tonight – Casino Royale, 9pm, ITV2 (more info about the soundtrack here)

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FREE tickets to #LiveColourful LIVE
• David Arnold has been working with Sinead Harnett and Lethal Bizzle to create a grime-orchestra track which will be released, free, on Tuesday 13 October thanks to support from Bulmers Cider. As part of Bulmers #LiveColourful LIVE series there will also be a free concert at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 Oct at One Mayfair – tickets are available from this website (you’ll have to confirm that you’re over 18 to enter the site). More info and links to background articles about this project here. Venue address: 13A North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZA.

Screen Shot 2015-10-03 at 11.33.42FREE tickets to Jekyll and Hyde
Enter before 5pm Tuesday 6 October. David has also been working, with Michael Price and Anthony Weeden (orchestrator) on the music for Charlie Higson’s new ITV series Jekyll and Hyde. The ITV team and Liverpool Victoria (LV=) have put together a screening experience to celebrate and you can win tickets (or, if you don’t win [you’ll hear by Friday], buy tickets) to one of four events happening on Friday 23 and Saturday 24th October.

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FREE tickets for David Arnold’s concert in Lucerne, Switzerland
• Enter before Friday 9 October for the chance to win a pair of tickets to David’s concert (in fact I think they’re giving several pairs away, as well as pairs of tickets for other concerts performed by the orchestra mentioned below, who are also doing PIXAR and Ratatouille over the next few weeks). More at Fantastische Filmmusik mit dem 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus– I recommend running text through Google Translate, if necessary!

DISCOUNTED tickets for David Arnold’s concert in Lucerne, Switzerland
There are a few half-price tickets, for ‘The music of David Arnold’, in Lucerne Switzerland on Friday 23 October, available from Radio Pilatus. Having been to a few of David Arnold’s concerts I would highly recommend going along to this if you can. I’ve also heard the orchestra (21st Century Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki) perform the music for Star Trek Into Darkness at the Royal Albert Hall, live to picture. Extremely impressive!! Regular-priced tickets are available here. There’s more information about the concert, programme below (and you can download a flyer) too.

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Kostenlose und ermäßigte Karten für David Arnold Konzert in Luzern [Dank an Google Translate!]

• Geben Sie vor Freitag, 9. Oktober für die Chance, zwei Tickets zu Davids Konzert zu gewinnen.

• Es gibt einige halben Preis Tickets, für “die Musik von David Arnold , in Luzern Schweiz am Freitag, 23. Oktober von Radio Pilatus. Nachdem wir schon in ein paar von David Arnold Konzerte Ich würde empfehlen, geht mit auf diese, wenn du kannst gewesen. Ich habe auch gehört das Orchester (21st Century Symphony Orchestra, von Ludwig Wicki durchgeführt) die Musik für Star Trek führen Into Darkness in der Royal Albert Hall, leben, um Bild. Sehr beeindruckend! Regelmäßige preisigen Tickets gibt es hier. Es gibt mehr Informationen über das Konzert, einschließlich des Programms (und Sie können einen Flyer downloaden) zu.

Win tickets for a #JekyllAndHyde screening experience w @MetroUK (music by David Arnold & Michael Price)

You can buy tickets (£3) for any of the four screening events if you didn’t win in the Metro’s competition which closed earlier in the week (you’ll hear by 5pm today if you’ve won). Click on the small arrow next to the ‘available date’ shown to select one of the other events.

Enter to win tickets before 5pm Tuesday 6 October 2015 in this competition from the Metro newspaper. You can also buy tickets (£3) for each of the four screening events (see below) here. Winners will be notified by 5pm on Friday 9 October.

Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 12.32.09To celebrate Charlie Higson‘s new series of Jekyll and Hyde, which will be shown on ITV this month, there’s an opportunity to win 10 pairs of tickets to one of four preview screening events. As part of the experience guests will step back in time to the 1930s and visit “Dr Jekyll’s laboratory and his alter ego Mr Hyde’s favourite saloon bar” – you’ll get to taste potions (mocktails) too before the screening and it will all take place in an “underground location in the heart of central London”.

The music for this series has been composed by David Arnold and Michael Price and orchestrated by Anthony Weeden, and recorded at AIR Studios (which is currently under threat, please sign the petition). This is the same team behind the excellent music for #Sherlock. (The music in the trailer below is library music though.)

The event-screenings will take place at these times on these dates

  • Friday 23 October – 6-8pm
  • Friday 23 October – 9-11pm
  • Saturday 24 October – 3-5.30pm
  • Saturday 24 October – 8-10.30pm

“This prize is non-refundable and may not be exchanged for cash. Tickets are subject to availability. The promotion closes at 5pm on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, and winners will be notified by 5pm on Friday 9th October. The promoter is Metro, usual Metro promotional rules apply – see metro.co.uk/T&C for full details.” – the T&C link given actually goes nowhere but I’ve found this which probably does the job: http://metro.co.uk/2012/12/04/usual-promotion-rules-3284595/

“Age: PG (Children are welcome to this event but we would recommend the screening would only be suitable for 10+. However if children younger than 10 would like to attend we’re happy for parents to use their discretion).”

Keen-eyed readers of this blog will note that Friday 23rd October is also the date on which David Arnold will be in Lucerne, Switzerland with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (conducted by Ludwig Wicki), for ‘The music of David Arnold‘ – some discounted tickets are available too.