#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/

If you’re near London, go & see @MadeInDagenham the musical (music by David Arnold)


Made in Dagenham the musical is quite remarkable and thoroughly lovely, and I highly recommend it.

If you can get a seat in the stalls I recommend that too (or make sure you bring a pound coin for the wee opera glasses because the set is really clever (by Bunny Christie – she’s nominated for a What’s On Stage award, more on that later)) and worth a good gawp just for itself, and the story is true, dramatic, touching and extremely funny – perhaps surprisingly so, given that it’s a story of inequality in the workplace.

And there’s loads of great music in it from David Arnold. Plenty of the sort of catchy tunes that people hum in the interval and on the way out. There was a lot of humming and la-la-la-ing of the rousing ‘Everybody Out’ during the interval when I was there (you can hear some of the songs on Made In Dagenham’s YouTube channel).

My favourite song in the musical (the beautiful ‘We nearly had it all’) is also one which David Arnold sang at his recent concert in Dublin and which Gemma Arterton sings (as Rita O’Grady) in the show.

Ah, it’s properly lovely 🙂

Another song I particularly like is a cleverly layered song which had the line ‘storm clouds on the horizon in it’ (I don’t know the names of the songs), also a light-hearted song in the first half which is sung by one of the factory women who can never seem to find quite the right word. That one made me laugh a lot but the whole show is great fun and extremely witty.

But it’s only on until 11 April 2015 (at the Adelphi, on the Strand) … so don’t miss it and, a few days after Made In Dagenham ends, David will be performing his next concert, in Manchester (14 April).

What’s On Stage awards

Made in Dagenham is nominated for four awards:

  • Best New Musical – Made in Dagenham
  • Best Actress in a Musical – Gemma Arterton
  • Best Set Design – Bunny Christie
  • Best Lighting Design – Jon Clark

You can cast your vote (it’s free) here: http://vote.whatsonstage.com/

Getting to Made in Dagenham / Adelphi theatre

Well obviously I am going to recommend you arrive at the Adelphi by ferry (closest piers for Thames Clippers ferries are either Embankment (closest) or London Eye) although the RV1 bus (Tower Hill to Aldwych / Covent Garden) is also good for seeing the sights. Basically head for the Waterloo / Covent Garden / Charing Cross area, the theatre’s opposite the Savoy Hotel.

And if you’re in the market for a non-fancy pre-show cheese sandwich I also recommend the Crown Cafe (136 Strand, on the same side as Somerset House / King’s College London). Other sandwich solutions also available.

See Adelphi Theatre on Google Maps.

Book tickets: http://www.madeindagenhamthemusical.com/

This is an unofficial website.



Pre-concert ‘mealdeal’ dinner options and interval drinks at the National Concert Hall (@NCH_Music) in Dublin

Concert Hall

The beautiful auditorium at the National Concert Hall in Dublin where David Arnold’s doing a concert of his music next Thursday 22 January. Check out the organ! Creative Commons photo by Gaby on Flickr.

Thanks to the marvellous SailRail scheme I’m due to arrive in Dublin for David Arnold’s concert next Thursday a couple of hours before it begins. But we’re in the middle of a windy January and my journey involves a ferry from Holyhead… so the weather means I can’t be too certain about where I’ll have my pre-concert dinner. While I have my eyes on the “fresh papardelle pasta, cap mushrooms, freshly shaved parmesan, mushroom crème sauce and fresh rocket (€15.95)“, from the menu at the National Concert Hall’s The Terrace restaurant, I accept that it might end up being a packet of crisps* in a taxi if there are shipping delays.

If the weather is favourable though I’ll arrive at half five which gives me plenty of time to get to the venue and take advantage of the restaurant or the four bars** that open two hours before the concert (which starts at 8pm). And there should be a 20 minute interval too for which you can order pre-paid drinks for collection.

Note: If you’re thinking about going to the concert don’t delay getting a ticket too much as both the Stalls and the Yellow Balcony now have limited seating (the other sections have sold out): https://www.nch.ie/Online/David-Arnold-22Jan15

Food and drink at the NCH

There’s a MEALDEAL option available on most concerts (including this one) which gives you a starter, main and tea or coffee in The Terrace restaurant. There are instructions on how to book the meal deal when buying concert tickets, here’s the meal deal menu (also the regular menu which is individually priced for those buying items separately).

The starters include a soup of the day, beetroot & goat’s cheese or hot smoked barbecue salmon rilettes for the meal deal option and all the above plus foie gras and chicken liver parfait on the regular one.

The main course menu options include the pasta as above, also Barbary duck, Irish beef, smoked haddock or fish and chips (the meal deal menu has fish and chips, papardelle or a chicken breast option).

To reserve a table phone +353 1 417 0090 or email nch@withtaste.ie

*popcorn might be a bit more appropriate for a film-music concert than crisps
**perhaps there’s a blues venue that has 12


This is an unofficial website, sorry for the terrible ‘jokes’ 🙂