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!
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).
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.
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.