Sunday TV includes these, scored by @DavidGArnold: Narnia, #JekyllandHyde (w Michael Price), Independence Day

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Sunday 15 November 2015
3.30pm – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Channel 4
7pm – Jekyll and Hyde, ITVplease note that this programme has been postponed and will not be shown this weekend
9pm – Independence Day, Film4

And then, at 7.15pm on Monday 16 November on Film4 there’s Zoolander


“As an example of [David Arnold’s] skill, listen to the music in the climactic scene where Derek Zoolander finally reveals his “Magnum” look. He turned a comedy into an epic.” – Source: TV Tropes on Music: David Arnold (appropriately there’s also a page called Awesome music: David Arnold)

FREE / discounted tickets for events involving @DavidGArnold’s music in October

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.55.39Monday 5 October 2015
• On TV tonight – Casino Royale, 9pm, ITV2 (more info about the soundtrack here)

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FREE tickets to #LiveColourful LIVE
• David Arnold has been working with Sinead Harnett and Lethal Bizzle to create a grime-orchestra track which will be released, free, on Tuesday 13 October thanks to support from Bulmers Cider. As part of Bulmers #LiveColourful LIVE series there will also be a free concert at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 Oct at One Mayfair – tickets are available from this website (you’ll have to confirm that you’re over 18 to enter the site). More info and links to background articles about this project here. Venue address: 13A North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZA.

Screen Shot 2015-10-03 at 11.33.42FREE tickets to Jekyll and Hyde
Enter before 5pm Tuesday 6 October. David has also been working, with Michael Price and Anthony Weeden (orchestrator) on the music for Charlie Higson’s new ITV series Jekyll and Hyde. The ITV team and Liverpool Victoria (LV=) have put together a screening experience to celebrate and you can win tickets (or, if you don’t win [you’ll hear by Friday], buy tickets) to one of four events happening on Friday 23 and Saturday 24th October.

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FREE tickets for David Arnold’s concert in Lucerne, Switzerland
• Enter before Friday 9 October for the chance to win a pair of tickets to David’s concert (in fact I think they’re giving several pairs away, as well as pairs of tickets for other concerts performed by the orchestra mentioned below, who are also doing PIXAR and Ratatouille over the next few weeks). More at Fantastische Filmmusik mit dem 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus– I recommend running text through Google Translate, if necessary!

DISCOUNTED tickets for David Arnold’s concert in Lucerne, Switzerland
There are a few half-price tickets, for ‘The music of David Arnold’, in Lucerne Switzerland on Friday 23 October, available from Radio Pilatus. Having been to a few of David Arnold’s concerts I would highly recommend going along to this if you can. I’ve also heard the orchestra (21st Century Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki) perform the music for Star Trek Into Darkness at the Royal Albert Hall, live to picture. Extremely impressive!! Regular-priced tickets are available here. There’s more information about the concert, programme below (and you can download a flyer) too.

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Kostenlose und ermäßigte Karten für David Arnold Konzert in Luzern [Dank an Google Translate!]

• Geben Sie vor Freitag, 9. Oktober für die Chance, zwei Tickets zu Davids Konzert zu gewinnen.

• Es gibt einige halben Preis Tickets, für “die Musik von David Arnold , in Luzern Schweiz am Freitag, 23. Oktober von Radio Pilatus. Nachdem wir schon in ein paar von David Arnold Konzerte Ich würde empfehlen, geht mit auf diese, wenn du kannst gewesen. Ich habe auch gehört das Orchester (21st Century Symphony Orchestra, von Ludwig Wicki durchgeführt) die Musik für Star Trek führen Into Darkness in der Royal Albert Hall, leben, um Bild. Sehr beeindruckend! Regelmäßige preisigen Tickets gibt es hier. Es gibt mehr Informationen über das Konzert, einschließlich des Programms (und Sie können einen Flyer downloaden) zu.

[TV] Stepford Wives, @BBCOne, Fri 11 Sep 23:35 – music by @DavidGArnold

Stepford Wives
Friday 11 September 2015, 23:35, BBC One

The remake of Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Glenn Close and Christopher Walken is being screened this Friday evening on BBC One at 11.35pm. It features a delightful score from David Arnold (since released as a CD by La-La Land Records) including this lovely Waltz

“Arnold’s score … is easily the films’ most outstanding asset  … [His] moods and elegance are perfectly captured in every note of his well crafted score. It really shows why many fans of the score have wanted it for so long and this album will definitely not disappoint in any way. Very solid thumbs up.”
The Stepford Wives (2004) Soundtrack Review Music By David Arnold (13 May 2014)

Just in case the embedded-in-tweet YouTube link didn’t work again here it is again

David Arnold will also be a special guest of the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Ludwig Wicki, at a concert celebrating his music on 23 October in Lucerne Switzerland. I don’t know if music from Stepford Wives will appear in the programme though it has in his other 2015 concerts.

David Arnold wird auch der Ehrengast des 21. Jahrhunderts Symphony Orchestra und seinem Dirigenten Ludwig Wicki, am 23. Oktober 2015 Luzern, Schweiz

Further reading

#Sherlock S3E3, last episode on @BBCOne tonight, and here’s what some Sherlock folk are up to

The BBC has been screening the third series of Sherlock on BBC One and tonight at 8.30pm it’s the season finale ‘His Last Vow’ which won seven Emmy awards, including one for the amazing music from David Arnold and Michael Price. The two composers are also working together on Charlie Higson’s Jekyll and Hyde for ITV which screens later this year.
BBC 1: 8.30pm, Monday 24 AugustSherlock: His Last Vow

There are 21 days left to listen to the Sherlock Holmes: a musical mind (Prom 41) which features Mark Gatiss throughout and of course the Sherlock Suite as the final piece, in ‘part two’.
Prom 41 part 1
Prom 41 part 2

Mark Gatiss will be a special guest at the Shetland-based ‘Screenplay’ festival curated by Mark Kermode and others (here is Mark K writing about the festival in 2010, it sounds brilliant). There will be a screening of Mark G’s remarkable An Adventure in Space and Time followed by a Q&A with him and then a late-night screening of his adaptation of MR James’ ghost story The Tractate Middoth (music from David Arnold and Michael Price too).
Shetland: 8pm, Friday 4 SeptemberAn Adventure in Space and Time / Tractate Middoth

Michael Price will be introducing a film he’s worked on, Another Me, and doing a Q&A at the Hackney Picturehouse
Hackney Picturehouse: 6pm, Monday 14 SeptemberAnother Me

The Women of Sherlock (Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey and Amanda Abbington) will join producer Sue Vertue and co-creator Steven Moffat at the Radio Times festival
Hampton Court: 5-6pm, Sunday 27 September – The Women of Sherlock

Film: Amazing Grace on London Live Saturday 1 August, 10pm feat Benedict Cumberbatch, and @DavidGArnold’s music

This post has been updated to reflect the new broadcast date. Amazing Grace was also shown on Thursday 30 July.

Set in the late 1700s in England, Amazing Grace (2006) tells the story of William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffud), his friendship with William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai), and their involvement in the campaign to abolish the slave trade. The music for the film was composed by David Arnold who currently co-composes (with Michael Price) the music for the BBC’s Sherlock… which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

Amazing Grace Saturday 1 August, 10pm, London Live (Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159, YouView 8)

Amazon has a nice review (from 2011) of David’s score for Amazing Grace

“David Arnold’s score for Amazing Grace is nothing short of extraordinary. Although known for his more bombastic scores such as Independence Day, Godzilla and the James Bond franchise, this shows Arnold’s writing in a completely different light. This album contains no fast action cues, instead utilising the orchestra and choir to produce beautiful and harmonic melodies which are a delight to listen to.”

According to IMDb the 2011 film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy re-unites Cumberbatch with two other actors from Amazing Grace (Ciarán Hinds and Toby Jones). That film also happens to be showing at the Barbican on 30 August as part of “A (Cumber) batch of Benedict”, which is a sort of Cumberbatch-fest to celebrate his role in the play Hamlet. [Tickets and info for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy at the Barbican].

Of course the Barbican is showing some of the Sherlock series too. On 6 August they’re screening all the ‘episode 3’ cliffhanger episodes from each of the three series [tickets and info for Sherlock the Cliffhangers].

Incidentally, both characters played by Benedict Cumberbatch (William Pitt the Younger in Amazing Grace and Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock) had addresses on Baker Street, London. Pitt lived at 120 Baker Street and the fictional detective lived at the also-fictional 221B Baker Street, 100 years (and 100 doors) apart.


Picture credits: Pitt’s blue plaque by Nick Harrison, Holmes’ blue plaque also by Nick Harrison,

Recently David Arnold was interviewed at the Prince Charles Cinema before a screening of Casino Royale (for which he wrote the music) and he was asked, as part of a quick-fire round of questions at the end,  “Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman?” to which he gave the reply below (you can read the full interview here).

“That’s cruel. I think Martin’s the heart and Benedict’s the brains of that combination, I think without either of them that show wouldn’t work. Martin is the way into Sherlock and I think the audience wouldn’t find their way in without him; I think he brings so much humanity to that, it’s absolutely extraordinary. The pair of them are rock stars now, it’s amazing. So I plead the fifth: both of them. They’re both brilliant.”

See also #Sherlock music @RoyalAlbertHall Prom, and the @BarbicanCentre screens all the Episode 3 cliffhangers

‘Not So Silent Movies’ screening silent films @electriccinema Notting Hill, w special guest @DavidGArnold

Edit 4 June – Neil Alcock (@IncredibleSuit) will be interviewing David Arnold before a screening of Casino Royale at the Prince Charles Cinema in London on Sunday 14 June, 8.10pm. Tickets and info. This is part of the PCC’s 007 Retrospective (screening all the Bond films).

*TODAY Monday 18 May 2015* – the cast album for Made in Dagenham the musical is released and #Sherlock S1E3 (The Great Game) is showing on BBC Three at 8.30pm tonight.

Not So Silent Movies – special guest David Arnold
Sunday 7 June 2015, 2.30pm
Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ED,
020 7908 9696
Info and tickets
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On Sunday 7 June, at 2.30pm in the Electric Cinema Notting Hill, David Arnold and a group of musicians will improvise a live score for some silent films they’ve not seen before – “Utterly great when it all clicks, and unintentionally hilarious when it goes awry!”

“Devised by cellist and film composer Philip Sheppard, Not So Silent Movies… combines an exciting mix of great music, extraordinary silent movies, comedy and risk, sheer entertainment for all the family. When it comes to creating split-second comic mayhem, Sheppard takes his inspiration from such masters of the silent screen as Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. In the old movie houses a lone pianist improvised along to the on-screen antics; but this afternoon at the Electric, we’re hosting what Sheppard calls “Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets chamber music”, as he and a crack line-up of players spontaneously generate a soundtrack for silent comedy classics.”

Tickets at £25, £15 child ticket (under 14 years old), £60 for a family ticket on the Front Row Sofa (2 adults and 2 children)

Later that same day
As part of its 007 Retrospective the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is screening all of the James Bond films in the order in which they were released. David has scored five James Bond films and the screening of his first one will happen next Sunday 24 May (Tomorrow Never Dies) but on Sun 7 June the film will be Die Another Day. More info and tickets from the link above.

Later that same month… June is a particularly good month for fans of David Arnold and of film music concerts as he’s got three orchestral concerts coming up. The first is at the Barbican in London on 18 June and the next two are the following week in Birmingham and Nottingham. More details and tickets in the links below. Also see the details in the edit at the top of this page about his interview at the Prince Charles Cinema on Sunday 14 June.

Dublin | Manchester | London | Birmingham | Nottingham | Lucerne
22 Jan |     14 April     | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June    | 23 October

This is an unofficial fan website but you can sign up for updates and follow on this website on Twitter @DGAUnofficial. David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold 

This weekend: Shirley Bassey on TV, #Sherlock Holmes prom, Made in Dagenham (film & musical cast recording)

There’s quite a lot going on over the next few days…

Friday 15 May (this evening)
Imagine: Dame Shirley Bassey: the girl from Tiger Bay – 11pm, BBC Four, 15 May
“Alan Yentob celebrates Shirley Bassey’s 2009 album The Performance, the David Arnoldproduced record that was her first studio release in two decades, by examining a selection of her greatest archive performances. He also meets songwriters who contributed to the album, including Gary Barlow, Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers, KT Tunstall and frequent James Bond composer John Barry.”

Saturday 16 May
Sherlock Holmes Prom 41: a musical mind (event is on Sunday 16 August 2015)
– tickets go on sale at 9am on Saturday 16 May 2015 via or 0845 401 5040 and in person at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Royal Albert Hall have written a post explaining how to book tickets online – good luck!

In this recording made 85 years ago on 14 May 1930 you can hear Arthur Conan Doyle talking briefly about the origins of Sherlock Holmes before discussing his own (ACD’s) enthusiasm for spiritualism. He died a few weeks after this recording was made and, according to this article, following his death “… a séance was conducted at the Royal Albert Hall. Thousands attended, including his wife and children. A row of chairs were arranged on the stage for the family, with one left empty for Sir Arthur. Even though he did not appear, there were many people in the audience who claimed they had felt his presence among them.”

Sunday 17 May
Made in Dagenham (film) – 10pm, BBC 2, 17 May
“There seems to be a fail-safe formula for creating successful British films: take some plucky working-class Brits, mix with a situation that tests their mettle, sprinkle in some gritty social history, and, hey presto, you have a sure-fire hit on your hands. Just like The Full Monty, Billy Elliot and Calendar Girls (also directed by Nigel Cole) before it, Made in Dagenham follows that recipe to a T, and is entertaining and touching in equal measure. Set in 1968, it focuses on the struggle of the women machinists at Dagenham’s Ford factory to convince management that they deserved the same pay as their “skilled” male colleagues, a breakthrough moment of the 1960s that gave momentum to the campaign for equal pay for women. Cole’s film is paced for smiles, not political punches, but the performances and production values are superb. Sally Hawkins is wonderful as the strike’s energetic yet reluctant leader, while Miranda Richardson steals every scene as cabinet minister Barbara Castle.” – music composed by David Arnold.

Monday 18 May
Made in Dagenham the musical (original cast recording) released – woohoo 🙂 Music composed by David Arnold.


David Arnold’s concerts

Dublin | Manchester | London | Birmingham | Nottingham | Lucerne
22 Jan |     14 April     | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June    | 23 October

This is an unofficial fan website but you can sign up for updates and follow on this website on Twitter @DGAUnofficial. David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold 🙂