Save the date: 19/20 May – two @DavidGArnold concerts in Dublin @BGETheatre

[Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at night, image credit – Miguel Mendes, Wikimedia Commons]

On Friday 10 March, at 9am, you’ll be able to buy tickets for David Arnold’s latest orchestral concerts at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. That’s concertS plural. Given how utterly brilliant his concerts have been, and the previous Dublin one (which sold out) was particularly lovely, I strongly recommend them. Also it’s lovely to be able to tick the ‘Concerts’ category on a new post on this site, which heralds another opportunity to hear David’s music live and hear him talk about it 😀

Fri May 19th RTÉ Concert Orchestra Signature Series: David Arnold
The first concert, on Friday 19th May 2017, will cover the breadth of David’s music across his career including scores for films and television shows (“Casino Royale, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace as well as Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, Sherlock” (co-written with Michael Price)) as well as his work as Musical Director for the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in London 2012. [Info & tickets (from Friday)]

Sat May 20th RTÉ Concert Orchestra Presents Independence Day
The following night, Saturday 20th May 2017, will be Independence Day (‘ID4’) screened with the music performed live by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. It’s unbelievably thrilling to hear the music performed live in sync with the picture. You won’t miss anything in the film – the dialogue and sound effects are still there, it’s just the music that’s silenced in the film version and replaced with a live orchestra. ID4 Live had its premiere a few months ago at the Royal Albert Hall and is a wonderful addition to the increasing numbers of films that people can experience again with a live orchestra. [Info & tickets (from Friday)]

Here’s the Albert Hall audience reacting to the bit just before the film gets started – I rather think they enjoyed it 🙂

Still gets me every time ☺️ #independencedaylive

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#ID4RAH – Win 2 tickets to see Independence Day LIVE at the Royal Albert Hall

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Enter the competition and win two tickets
Firstly, I drafted this blog post while watching Independence Day on E4 last night, so it felt a bit like the planets had aligned. Secondly the Royal Albert Hall have excelled themselves in the event-competition-stakes, by whoomphing a couple of tickets to see Independence Day LIVE up into space (sort of) and recapturing them safetly on their return. These tickets are up for grabs along with a lovely meal and pre-film drinks.

What’s Independence Day LIVE
It’s a screening of the 1996 film Independence Day [certificate 12] on a great big screen in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall but with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing the film’s score (composed by David Arnold and orchestrated by Nicholas Dodd who’ll be conducting) live as the movie runs. The dialogue and sound effects will still be there and the film will also have subtitles, but the music’s created in front of you. David Arnold will be giving a pre-film talk as well.

Event details: Thursday 22 September 2016, spaceship dock (doors!) opens at 6.15pm, event starts at 7pm.

What’s the competition?
The chance to win two tickets for the film screening and talk, plus a meal and drinks. Your task is to estimate how high above sea-level (to the nearest whole METRE) the tickets were sent and tweet that number to them (@RoyalAlbertHall) using the hashtag #ID4RAH.

Click on the embedded tweet below to see the replies so far. You need to enter by 23:59 on 17 July 2016 to be in with a chance. A winner will be selected on 18 August 2016. See this link for the Royal Albert Hall’s full prize description, entry route and T&Cs. (note that it’s open only to residents of Great Britain and the Isle of Man, aged 18 years or over only).

Good luck! There’s a little video below of the tickets. I understand the RAH were trying to invite the film’s aliens to the screening but as the tickets weren’t collected they’ve made them available to the humans instead 🙂

Link for regular tickets (that haven’t been into space):

One month to go before @DavidGArnold’s #filmmusic concert in Prague (5 June)! :)

On 5 June 2016 David Arnold will be appearing as the guest of Film Music Prague at a concert of his film and television music at Prague’s Rudolfinum concert venue. The concert will include music from David’s scores for Stargate, Independence Day, Paul, Casino Royale, the BBC’s Sherlock series (music co-written with Michael Price), Godzilla, Tomorrow never Dies and The World Is Not Enough (which is on ITV at 10.45pm tomorrow evening). Also check out Film Music Prague’s Facebook page where they’ve excelled themselves in the art and design department with all the images and flyers for the concert.

Click the image below to download the official concert flyer, have a look at the enthusiastic reviews written and appreciative tweets sent by audience members at his previous concerts and enjoy this clip* of David’s introduction (by himself) to the stage 🙂 *recorded by David McAlmont.

His concerts are good fun and you get to hear loads of lovely music played by ace musicians (and a choir too).

David Arnold's Prague flyer

The film composer @DavidGArnold did a show on @SohoRadio yesterday – listen again if you missed it :)

Yesterday David Arnold sat in for Pete Paphides’ show on Soho Radio. You can ‘listen again’ to his entertaining session, which included songs from Shirley Bassey, Sufjan Stevens and Stevie Wonder, on Mixcloud below. The track listing (please let me know of errors) is below, don’t scroll down if you want to avoid spoilers. You’ll have to scroll down a fair distance anyway as for some reason the Mixcloud player takes up a lot of space on the blog page.

…but imagine having a two hour radio show and not telling people about the two massive and amazing film music concerts you have coming up this year in London and Prague 😉 To remedy that here’s some info about them first.

  • Sunday 5 June 2016 – David Arnold: Live in Concert, Rudolfinum, Prague with Film Music Prague
  • Thursday 22 September 2016 – Independence Day LIVE (#ID4Live), Royal Albert Hall, London with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (conducted by Nicholas Dodd) performing David’s score live to the screened film*, and featuring a pre-film talk by composer David Arnold*you hear all the dialogue & special effects as normal but thrillingly the music is performed live

Press Play and enjoy. You can also listen to David Arnold’s show on Mixcloud directly.


Play list
To further avoid spoilers I’ve made the text below pale blue and it’s on a pale grey background so you may need to select all to view it (I’m not sure how well this will work on mobile devices!)
Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet – I Almost Had A Weakness
John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
Bjork (with the Brodsky Quartet) – Hyper Ballad
Still Water – Sad Eyes
Shirley Bassey – After The Rain
Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark
Goldfrapp – Lovely Head
Sufjan Stevens – Death With Dignity
Mark Morriss – I’m Sick
James Taylor – Carolina In My Mind
Ed Sheeran – Wish You Were Here
Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythym
Little Axe – Ride On
Stevie Wonder – Living For The City
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Stevie Wonder – Knocks Me Off My Feet
The Smiths – Back To The Old House
Bon Iver – Wash
John Barry – Space March (from You Only Live Twice)
Abba – Waterloo



Visiting Prague for @DavidGArnold’s concert in June

David Arnold has been appearing ‘live in concert’ at some beautiful cities in Europe and this June (5th) he’ll be the special guest of Film Music Prague for a concert of his music. If you’re not already living in Prague but wondering how to get then there this post is for you.

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David Arnold: Live in Concert with Film Music Prague
5 June 2016,  7pm
Tickets and info:
Click to find the current time in Prague (they are one hour ahead of the UK)

By train
The best resource for travelling the world by train is The Man in Seat 61 and this is the page for visiting the Czech Republic:

If you’re in London a train journey would likely start with the Eurostar to Brussels, then either an overnight or day train via Cologne to Prague. The Seat 61 site has information on the fastest, most leisurely and cheapest options (obviously booking in advance helps here), as well as plenty of useful background information on hotels, travel insurance, currency and things like that (see other information below).

By boat / ferry
You can also start your journey to Europe by ferry from Newcastle (to Amsterdam), Hull (to Rotterdam) or Harwich (to Hook of Holland / Hoek) before continuing across land by train. The ideal option should you wish to travel with your pet dog (they’re not permitted on Eurostar).

By aeroplane
Václav Havel Airport Prague (Letiště Václava Havla Praha) airport is six miles from Prague city centre and its three letter acronym is PRG. Non-stop flights from London take just under two hours (Ryanair, Wizz Air, easyJet, British Airways) and connecting flights from London (KLM, Air France etc) obviously take a bit longer.

Other information
But I don’t speak Czech…

Can you really get around only speaking English?‘ – TripAdvisor forum post suggesting that English is widely spoken in hotels, less so but still a bit elsewhere but you’ll likely find someone who can help. Doesn’t hurt to find out how to pronounce hello, please and thank you though 🙂 Google Translate’s page has a little speaker icon which lets you hear the translated word. Here’s how to say Hello in Czech.

Travel and health insurance
Seat 61’s page on travel and health insurance
NHS England’s page on using your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get care when in the Czech Republic, and what to watch out for.

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Independence Day soundtrack special edition, and hear it performed LIVE at RAH #ID4Live

David Arnold’s epic, fun and Grammy Award-winning soundtrack for the 1996 film Independence Day celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

There are only 50 copies left of a limited run (5,000) of the 2-CD format available from La-La Land Records – and you can also hear the film’s full score performed live by an orchestra alongside a screening of the film at the Royal Albert Hall on 22 September, details below. The end credits will also feature at a concert of David’s music in Prague on 5 June at which David will be a special guest.

#ID4Live is a chance to see and hear Independence Day screened on a massive screen at the Royal Albert Hall while an orchestra (the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra) performs the film’s score, LIVE, woohoo! These events are amazing, I’ve been to a few ‘live to picture’ screenings, and I hugely recommend going if you can.

The orchestral screening will be conducted by Nicholas Dodd who was also the orchestrator for David’s original score and David will give a pre-film talk about his work too. There’ll be subtitles and a 20m interval and you’ll hear the dialogue and special effects, it’s just the music track that’s replaced by the orchestra. It’s really clever 🙂

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

See this site’s dedicated page for info about the #ID4Live concert.







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

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.

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.


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