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

#CharityAuction: bid to win signed #Sherlock & London 2012 items from composer @DavidGArnold

David Arnold has kindly donated a couple of signed items to a charity auction for Sussex Refugee Solidarity’s Big Auction 2016.

You can bid for either or both of them here (at time of writing there are just over 50 days before bidding closes): and the full range of items available can be seen here:

The items are “a score page from the recording session of the original ‘Sherlock‘ theme and soundtrack”, signed by David Arnold, and an Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony commemorative programme (also signed by David, who was the Musical Director).

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Text below taken from Sussex Refugee Solidarity website.

Sherlock‘ is a British-American crime drama television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Ten episodes have been produced, with three-part series airing in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and a special episode airing on 1 January 2016. A fourth series has been commissioned, to begin filming in April 2016 for an intended 2017 release. The series is set in the present day, while the one-off special partly features a Victorian period fantasy resembling the original Holmes stories.

Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony
The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, also known as ‘A Symphony of British Music’, was held on 12 August in the Olympic Stadium. The closing ceremony was created by Kim Gavin, Es Devlin, Stephen Daldry, David Arnold and Mark Fisher.

About David Arnold
David Arnold is an English film composer best known for scoring five James Bond films, Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998) and the television series Little Britain and Sherlock. For Independence Day he received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television and for Sherlock he, and co-composer Michael Price, won a Creative Arts Emmy for the score of “His Last Vow”, the final episode in the third series. Arnold is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).



#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

See the #Sherlock Holmes prom tomorrow for £5

Get to the Royal Albert Hall for ~1pm this Sunday for a chance to see the Sherlock Holmes prom for £5 – see Queue below.
The concert features a range of musical themes from different film and television depictions of Sherlock Holmes, including music from the BBC’s Sherlock (written by David Arnold and Michael Price and arranged by Anthony Weeden) as the finale – see Programme below. There are some seated tickets left (around £40-48).

If you can’t get there you can listen to it broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 (also available on Freeview 703 or online) – see Radio below.

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1. Queue

If you’ve been wondering why tickets for the ‘Arena’ or ‘Gallery’ are unavailable for Prom 41 (Sherlock Holmes: a musical mind, Sunday 16 August 2015 3:30 pm) wonder no more – it’s because they haven’t gone on sale yet. For every Prom 1,350 tickets are released only on the day, from a couple of hours before the concert begins.

This means that if you haven’t got a ticket you haven’t left it too late and you can still get one, for five pounds 🙂 Hooray!

“A limited number of Arena tickets will usually be sold to the front of the day queue from two and a half hours before the performance. The remaining tickets will then be sold from Door 11 (Arena) and Door 10 (Gallery) from 45 minutes before the performance to those queuing (30 minutes for Late Night Proms).

Wheelchair users who wish to Prom should queue in the same way but will be redirected to Door 8 once their ticket has been purchased.”

– see the RAH’s page on ‘Day Promming‘ for more.

The performance starts at 3.30pm so be in the queue before 1pm, though tickets will be sold later on at about 2.45pm too.

Where to queue

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In the picture above you want to be in the blue queue (Arena Day queue) for £5 tickets to the downstairs Arena, next to the stage, and in the yellow queue (Gallery Day queue) if you want to watch from the upstairs Gallery. Ignore the green and pink queues, they’re for people with season tickets. The green bit at the top is Hyde Park and Prince Consort Road is next to the Royal College of Music where, from 11am to 2pm, Michael Price will be running a (now full) session on Composing for Film and TV for 12-18 year olds.

2. Radio

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BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the Prom and a short programme in the middle during the interval.
Prom 41 – part 1, 3.30pm
Interval, 4.25pm
Prom 41 – part 2, 4.45pm

Further listening / viewing

David Arnold (composer) and Matthew Sweet (Prom 41 presenter) were interviewed by Samira Ahmed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on Friday 14th August at 7.15pm and you can listen again to the podcast version.

If you’re in London you can enjoy David Arnold’s music for the film Amazing Grace which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch on London Live (Freeview 8), 10pm Saturday 15th August.

3. Programme

Hans Zimmer: Discombobulate; The Mycroft Suite; Zu viele Füchse für euch Hänsel (arr. Robert Ziegler from ‘Sherlock Holmes’)
Orlande de Lassus: Osculetur me Osculo; Super Flumina Babylonis (4 part)
Patrick Gowers: Baker Street Reunion; Irene Adler (from Granada TV’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’)
Rossini: Una voce poco fa (The Barber of Seville)
Tchaikovsky: Aria: Ah Tanya, Tanya (Eugene Onegin, Act 1)
Patrick Gowers: Holmes in Europe; The Death of Sherlock Holmes (from Granada TV’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’)


Miklos Rozsa: Main Titles (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes)
Paganini: Violin Concerto No.2 – 3rd Movement ‘La campanella’
Frank Skinner: Music from ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terrror’ Wagner: The Ride of the Vakyries
David Arnold & Michael Price: Sherlock Suite (from BBC TV’s ‘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

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

1) A (Cumber) Batch of Benedict: Sherlock – The Cliffhangers (12A)

benedicteps36pm, Thursday 13 August 2015
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[More info] Look for the green button on the top right of that page to book tickets.

In August the Barbican Centre is having a bit of a Benedict Cumberbatch-fest “A (Cumber) Batch of Benedict” with a whole load of screenings of films that he’s been in.

Delightfully this includes all the #Sherlock ‘E3’ cliffhangers (the final episode of each of the three series) in one massive session (with a 15m interval between The Reichenbach Fall and His Last Vow. There’s the fantastic music from David Arnold and Michael Price and if you’ve not seen Sherlock on the big screen I definitely recommend going along. More information and tickets for the Sherlock screenings.

That’s happening on Thursday 13th August at 6pm and they’re screening the following three episodes

The Great Game (Sherlock Season 1, Episode 3)  
Sherlock is sucked into an evil genius’s twisted game and so begins an epic battle of wits that tests our detective’s skills to the limit.

The Reichenbach Fall (Sherlock Season 2, Episode 3)
The Sherlock and Moriarty showdown. One of the greatest ends to a series. Ever.

His Last Vow (Sherlock Season 3, Episode 3)
The Great Detective’s softer side comes to the fore in this explosive finale to Season 3. Entangled in the web of a creepy media mogul, Sherlock must decide where his loyalties lie and how much he’s willing to sacrifice for those he loves.

More information and tickets for the Sherlock screenings.

More information about the other Benedict Cumberbatch screenings, including Hawking and Star Trek: Into Darkness

2) Sherlock Holmes: A musical mind – Prom 41

Proms Pano

Proms Pano by Steve Bowbrick (@bowbrick)

The Royal Albert Hall is presenting a Sherlock Holmes prom with music from several of the on-screen depictions of Conan Doyle’s detective. This includes the BBC’s updated version, with music by David Arnold and Michael Price as before, but this time you get to hear it performed live by an orchestra. In the Royal Albert Hall. You have my word that this is going to be amazing 🙂 Also Mark Gatiss is one of the special guests.

BBC Proms presents… Prom 41: Sherlock Holmes – A Musical Mind
Sunday 16 August 2015
Doors: 2:45pm
Starts: 3:30pm

You can book seated advanced tickets for everywhere in the main hall except the standing-only ground-level Arena and the Gallery at the top of the Hall as that’s where the £5 on-the-day-tickets will be sold. As there are around 1,350 of these tickets there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get one, you just need to turn up about three hours before the concert and wear comfy shoes. (Remember that they take the seats out of the Arena so you will be standing for the full concert, you probably won’t need to queue for an additional three hours though). More about ‘on the day’ promming here

Incidentally following Arthur Conan Doyle’s death the Royal Albert Hall held a séance for him…

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.”

More information and tickets for the Sherlock Holmes prom.

A couple of years ago I queued for tickets on the day, my experience of it was fantastic – can’t guarantee they’ll have the same system in place so don’t rely on how it was for me, but here’s how it was for me 🙂

I turned up on the day, was given a numbered cloakroom ticket (this is not the real ticket, these are free and just reserve your place in the real queue for the real tickets) from a steward and found out when I needed to get into the official queue. Then I wandered across the road (to the Royal College of Music) to a radio recording of a Prom interview until that time and then returned, slotting myself into the queue according to the number on my cloakroom ticket. It was very clever and effective.

For #filmmusic fans: David Arnold’s in Birmingham and Nottingham this weekend

David Arnold’s last two concerts this weekend!

BIRMINGHAM Friday 26 June 2015, Symphony Hall (A5 flyer for Birmingham concert)
NOTTINGHAM Sunday 28 June 2015, Royal Concert Hall (A5 flyer for Nottingham concert)

This weekend there are two opportunities to hear David Arnold perform his music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and David McAlmont (special guest) on his ‘A night at the movies’ tour. I went to the Barbican concert in London last week and it was absolutely brilliant – fantastic music and entertaining stories from David. The first concert is at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Friday 26th June and the second’s at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 28th June (click either link for tickets).

The ‘about the concert’ info on the venues’ websites lists the films etc for which he’s composed music, some of them very well-known (Stargate, Independence Day, BBC’s #Sherlock and five of the James Bond films) some of them perhaps less so (I thought the music he played from Four Brothers was particularly lovely) but the text doesn’t really capture the experience of hearing these pieces live, or the audience’s reaction.

After David’s previous concerts I’ve collected together some of the tweets that people wrote during and after (limited wifi at the Barbican so many of the tweets were sent later on). It’s clear that people have hugely enjoyed themselves and you can see more of the Barbican tweets here and tweets and reviews of his previous concerts here.

Here’s an example of some of the films (and a musical) that he’s scored (click the picture to visit the music and soundtracks page on this site).

An example of David Arnold's scores - click to visit the soundtracks page

Click on the pictures below for information about (and tickets for) each concert –


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