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/

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.