David Arnold Live in Concert – @DavidGArnold has a new concert in Prague, 5 June 2016! :D

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5 June 2016, Prague

Rudolfinum Alšovo nábřeží, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 227 059 22712

Venue: Dvorak’s Hall, Rudolfinum (Alsovo nabrezi 12, Prague 1)
Start: 7pm
Artists: orchestra and choir
Special guest: David Arnold (composer)
Tickets: from 299 CZK

Tickets (note the ‘English’ option, top right) | Website | Facebook page

[ENGLISH]
David Arnold, composer of James Bond movies, Independence Day and Stargate, will be a special guest of Film Music Prague Festival 2016. He will present his famous scores.

Preliminary program: Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, Casino Royale, Sherlock, Paul, Stepford Wives and many more.

[CZECH / ČESKY]
David Arnold, skladatel Jamese Bonda, Dne nezávislosti a Hvězdné brány, poprvé míří do Prahy. Osobně uvede své největší hity v rámci festivalu Film Music Prague 2016.

Předběžný program: Den nezávislosti, Hvězdná brána, Godzilla, Casino Royale, Sherlock, Paul, Stepfordské paničky ad.

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This blog post also features in the menu above as a page. Along with his concert at the Royal Albert Hall this September…

The @RoyalAlbertHall’s wonderful ‘films live’ series starts soon (inc #ID4Live)

Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gladiator, Independence Day, Amadeus, Jurassic Park, Aliens, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – all films you may remember enjoying in cinemas on their release, and later on television / DVD. But these films are now part of a fantastic new ‘live’ film festival at the Royal Albert Hall.

It’s a film festival with a difference as each one will have its musical track (the score) performed by a live orchestra, right there, in front of you.

I’ve been to a few of these ‘films live’ concerts at the RAH and it’s a visceral and thrilling experience. In the last couple of years I’ve seen Titanic and the new Star Trek films given the live orchestra (and choir) treatment. Big screen, big orchestra, big venue – absolutely amazing, and hearing the orchestra unexpectedly (though, had I thought about it…) launch into the studio logo music for 20th Century Fox made everyone sit up at the start.

If you’ve not been to see a film live in concert (also known as ‘live to picture’ or ‘live to projection’) before then here are some answers to the sorts of questions I had before I went to my first one –

  • Will I be able to hear the actors speaking if the audio track’s been removed?
    Yes, only the music track will be replaced – all the voices (and I think the special effects) will be as you remember them from the film.
  • Will I be able to hear the dialogue given an orchestra is playing too?
    Yes, the timing of the musical cues on these things is incredible and you won’t miss anything that’s happening. Also all the films (except the Western Music in Cinema films clips concert) “will feature the full original dialogue, which will also be subtitled”. It’s quite nice to have subtitles as ‘back up’ because so much amazing stuff is happening in front of you (film on screen, massive venue, big orchestra) 🙂
  • Is there an interval?
    In all the ones I’ve been to there has been a 20 minute one. At a suitable point the screen gently goes black and the orchestra closes the piece of music and we have a jolly good clap. After the interval the orchestra starts up again and then images reappear on the screen. At the right time. And I sat there when this was happening thinking ‘how on earth did you manage that?!’ 🙂 It’s amazingly well done.

    Given the queues for drinks (you can take drinks in with you in a plastic glass) and for the loos it’s probably best to book an interval drink in advance and pick a location to collect it from to speed things along nicely. My favourite place inside the RAH, other than the auditorium and the Elgar Room where they do lots of film composer interviews, is the Berry Bros. & Rudd No.3 Bar in the basement.

 

Here’s the list of feature film and film clips events (current at time of posting) that are accompanied by a live orchestra, at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington.

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Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark live
March 2016 (Wed 9th-Sat 12th – 7pm every night and 2.30pm on Sat too)

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Western music in concert
March 2016 (Fri 11th – 7.30pm)
“Western movie and TV scores from the likes of John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Dimitri Tiomkin and the legendary Ennio Morricone will be performed by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, whilst original footage will be screened simultaneously on the big screen above.”

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Gladiator live
May 2016 (Wed 25th to Thur 26th – 7.30pm)

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Independence Day Live (#ID4Live)
September 2016 (Thur 22nd – 7pm) – note that the composer David Arnold is giving a talk before the film screens (also see pictures below).

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Amadeus Live
October 2016 (Fri 14th – 7pm)

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Jurassic Park in Concert (#JurassicParkLive)
November 2016 (Thur 3rd to Sat 5th – 7.30pm every night (also 2.30pm Sat [sold out])

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Aliens Live
November 2016 (Sun 6th – 3pm and 7.30pm)

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in concert
December 2016 (Wed 28th – 2pm and 7pm)

Ticket prices start from ~£28 up to about £60/70 but if you want to splash out there are all sorts of exciting dining and quaffing packages available.

In the Instagram linked (pic embedded below) David Arnold is sitting upstairs at the organ, for the End Credits of Independence Day at his Dublin concert in January 2015.

 

Watch Independence Day LIVE at the @RoyalAlbertHall, introduced by @DavidGArnold #ID4Live

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David Arnold introduces the film, with its score performed live at the Royal Albert Hall

On Thursday 22 September 2016 the Royal Albert Hall will show a special screening of Independence Day Live with an orchestra (the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd) performing the film’s score ‘live to picture’. Tickets are on sale now.

This is both a 20th anniversary event (the film was released in 1996) and a premiere (it’s never been screened with its full orchestral soundtrack performed live before!

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Pure brilliance. Intricate, powerful, moving, patriotic and – best of all – simply bursting with hummable, superbly catchy themes, wonderfully developed. This Grammy-award winning album is that rare thing: a movie soundtrack equally enjoyable to listen to outside the context of the film.” – iTunes 5* review

The film’s composer, David Arnold will also be giving a pre-show talk about the film and its score (for which he won a Grammy), and his other film and television scores including James Bond and Sherlock (for which he and co-composer Michael Price won an Emmy).

Royal Albert Hall presents
Independence Day Live, featuring pre-film talk from David Arnold
Thursday 22 September 2016
Tickets & info | RAH blog about the event

Doors open at 6.15pm and the event starts at 7pm. I think there’ll be an interval (I’ve been to a few live-scored films at the Royal Albert Hall and there’s always been one) and subtitles (so you won’t miss anything that’s said), and all the sound effects will still be there – these were the things I wondered about when I first attended one of these events!

Here’s what David Arnold said about the event (text taken from the RAH blog).

“It’s a film that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: a huge piece of cinematic fun with characters you learn to love, bad guys you learn to hate and spectacle that satisfied a lot of inner children who longed to smash things up. The score held hands with these ideas and followed suit.

The Royal Albert Hall is such an iconic venue and a personal favourite of mine – it’s always an honour to be on the stage especially with your own material. The Hall screams ‘event’ and Independence Day was one of the biggest event movies of the last 30 years.

Hopefully my pre-film talk will get people excited all over again to see it and to really appreciate the amazing work that is being done by Nicholas Dodd – in both his orchestrations and conducting – and also the players, who may not have much puff left at the end of the evening.” David Arnold

Obvously as a fan of David’s work I’m excited about this particular event anyway but putting the ‘fan of this film and its score and the composer’ to one side for a moment, seeing a live-scored film at the Royal Albert Hall is just an incredible experience – I’m so glad someone came up with the idea and that the genre is increasing in popularity with more films being given this treatment in concert halls around the world.

‘Seeing’ seems such a small word for it though! Of course there’s a big screen so you can just enjoy watching the film on that, or you can watch the orchestra, or a bit of both. The music doesn’t swamp the speech either. It works brilliantly and is quite an astounding thing. Plus all that brass in this one! I can’t wait.

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Best. Autofill. Ever.

 

Royal Albert Hall presents
Independence Day Live, featuring pre-film talk from David Arnold
Thursday 22 September 2016
Tickets & info | RAH blog about the event

The event is produced by Tommy Pearson (who has produced and presented a number of film music concerts at the RAH and elsewhere, and also interviewed a number of composers in the RAH’s Elgar Room) and U-Live Film.

[London] 007 Retrospective: all James Bond films @thePCCLondon

Last year the Prince Charles Cinema in London (Leicester Square) screened all of the James Bond films in sequence and this year they’re doing it again with the addition of the latest in the franchise, Spectre.

Five of the 007 films were scored by David Arnold (marked in bold in the list below) and last year those attending the screening of Casino Royale (not the 1967 one) were treated to a pre-screening interview by Neil Alcock (David Arnold: The Qs and the As (24 June 2015) The Incredible Suit blog) with David, about his work in scoring the film.

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007 Retrospective at the Prince Charles Cinema, London
All showings at 8.30pm (but check, in case they do another interview with someone)
http://www.princecharlescinema.com/events/events.php?seasonanchor=007

  • Thunderball – 21 February 2016
  • You Only Live Twice – 28 February
  • Casino Royale (1967) – 6 March
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 13 March
  • Diamonds Are Forever – 20 March
  • Live And Let Die – 27 March
  • The Man With The Golden Gun – 3 April
  • The Spy Who Loved Me – 10 April
  • Moonraker – 17 April
  • For Your Eyes Only – 24 April
  • Never Say Never Again – 1 May
  • Octopussy – 8 May
  • A View To A Kill – 15 May
  • The Living Daylights – 22 May
  • License To Kill – 29 May
  • Goldeneye – 5 June
  • Tomorrow Never Dies – 12 June
  • The World Is Not Enough – 19 June
  • Die Another Day – 26 June
  • Casino Royale – 3 July
  • Quantum of Solace – 10 July
  • Skyfall – 17 July
  • Spectre – 24 July

Ones in bold scored by David Arnold.

“David Arnold’s fifth (and possibly final) score for a Bond film is far and away his best; it elevates an otherwise muddled and disappointing film into a thrilling experience by virtue of being absolutely ****ing ace on every level. The score’s menacing opening tones set up a mood that permeates the entire movie, while the subtlest hints of the Bond theme and the Casino Royale score laced throughout connect Quantum to its prequel.” – Neil Alcock on Quantum of Solaces score.

Previous posts on this topic
[London] 007 Retrospective: screening of all James Bond films at the Prince Charles Cinema (27 December 2014)
Come and hear @DavidGArnold talk about scoring Casino Royale (+screening) @ThePCCLondon Sun 14 June #JamesBond #007 (3 June 2015)

Neil Alcock’s 2010 interview with David Arnold
An Exclusive Interview With Filmy Musicy Man David Arnold! (1 October 2010) The Incredible Suit blog – Neil’s blog is worth a wander around for Bond fans, it’s also very funny.

#CharityAuction: bid to win signed #Sherlock & London 2012 items from composer @DavidGArnold

David Arnold has kindly donated a couple of signed items to a charity auction for Sussex Refugee Solidarity’s Big Auction 2016.

You can bid for either or both of them here (at time of writing there are just over 50 days before bidding closes): http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/auction/detail/auction_id/869?search=Arnold and the full range of items available can be seen here: http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/auction/detail/auction_id/869

The items are “a score page from the recording session of the original ‘Sherlock‘ theme and soundtrack”, signed by David Arnold, and an Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony commemorative programme (also signed by David, who was the Musical Director).

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Text below taken from Sussex Refugee Solidarity website.

Sherlock
Sherlock‘ is a British-American crime drama television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Ten episodes have been produced, with three-part series airing in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and a special episode airing on 1 January 2016. A fourth series has been commissioned, to begin filming in April 2016 for an intended 2017 release. The series is set in the present day, while the one-off special partly features a Victorian period fantasy resembling the original Holmes stories.

Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony
The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, also known as ‘A Symphony of British Music’, was held on 12 August in the Olympic Stadium. The closing ceremony was created by Kim Gavin, Es Devlin, Stephen Daldry, David Arnold and Mark Fisher.

About David Arnold
David Arnold is an English film composer best known for scoring five James Bond films, Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998) and the television series Little Britain and Sherlock. For Independence Day he received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television and for Sherlock he, and co-composer Michael Price, won a Creative Arts Emmy for the score of “His Last Vow”, the final episode in the third series. Arnold is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).