Casino Royale In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall plus Q&A w @DavidGArnold

Casino Royale In Concertmore information, and tickets (once on sale).

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This marvellous event will take place on Saturday 30 September with the first screening and performance at 2.30pm and the evening one at 7.30pm. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 18 May, here’s what you need to do –

  • Make a note of the box office phone number 020 7589 8212 or
  • Create an account and log in on the RAH website before 9am (you’ll need this to apply for a ticket online)
  • Good luck 🙂
  • If you’re in Dublin this weekend don’t miss David Arnold’s concerts there
    (19th and 20th May – a selection of his music on Friday night and Independence Day Live on Saturday)

The Royal Albert Hall has found a brilliant way of delighting film music fans with its amazing Films In Concert series. These involve a film playing on a massive screen as normal, but the score part of the film is silenced and instead performed live by an orchestra. It’s unbelievably visceral and immersive, and thrilling.

Last year David Arnold introduced his score for Independence Day LIVE at a fantastic film screening concert at the Royal Albert Hall and this year he’ll introduce Casino Royale, apparently the first of the James Bond films to be given the ‘live to picture’ treatment.

Where better than the RAH to have a World Premiere of a live-scored James Bond film? Exactly. They’ve previously hosted the premieres of Die Another Day, Skyfall and Spectre.

David also has a concert in Hamburg in March 2018, but it sold out before I had a chance to blog about it! But don’t miss his two Dublin concerts this weekend.

Further reading
James Bond: Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale screening with Royal Albert Hall live orchestra (17 May 2017)

Casino Royale opens with live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall (17 May 2017)

 

Panel event, London – @DavidGArnold at film music event in September

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David Arnold (composer of Stargate, five James Bond films, Independence Day, BBC’s Sherlock (with Michael Price), Made in Dagenham – the film and the stage musical) is one of the panel guests at the 2nd annual ‘Fans of music from the movies’ event. Doors open at 11.30am on Saturday 9th September with the event running from 12-5pm. Information and tickets.

Guy Farley, Frank Ilfman and Christopher Young are panel guests too.

The venue is Angel Studios, Islington [311 – 312 Upper Street, Islington London N1 2TU – I recommend the free CityMapper app [Apple | Android] / web-app for getting anywhere in London].

David has two concerts coming up this month in Dublin – the first, on Friday 19th May, is a selection of music from his career and the second, Saturday 20th May, is a screening of Independence Day with the orchestra playing the full score live. All the dialogue, sound and other special effects are as they were in the film, they just quieten the music and the orchestra takes over.

His concerts are always rather lovely events. Two years ago I was at his Dublin 2015 concert and it was a wonderful and joyful occasion – I collected loads of appreciative tweets and Instagram posts about it here. Last year I attended #ID4Live’s premiere last year at the Royal Albert Hall and it was every bit as immense and epic as you might imagine. I realise someone who’s created a fan site specifically to celebrate David Arnold’s concerts might be a bit biased but honestly they’re just brilliant 🙂

Both concerts take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Nicholas Dodd will be conducting the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

If you’re travelling from the UK and fancy doing the journey by rail-and-sail then this post might be of use, though I suspect the prices will have gone up a bit!

 

 

 

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

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[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): http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2016/independence-day/

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).

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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: http://www.filmmusicprague.com/
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: http://seat61.com/Czech.htm

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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