Manchester UK: Casino Royale in Concert at @BridgewaterHall, 29 Dec 2018

I went to see Casino Royale live at the Royal Albert Hall last year and it was utterly spectacular. Since then live screenings of the film (plus orchestra) are popping up in other cities and countries (see full list below), and in December later this year it will be in Manchester, England, UK – hooray!

Tickets are from £32.50 to £65.00 with a £2.50 booking fee.

No information yet as to whether the score’s composer David Arnold (who has often performed the guitar ‘bit’ of the Bond theme, which appears at the end of the film) will be able to attend as well, but if he does make sure you’re there promptly as there’s a high chance that he’d be interviewed beforehand and he’s always very entertaining.

This is the first James Bond film to transfer to the world of live-to-picture concerts and how great that it’s one of David’s brilliant scores.

Casino Royale (film screened with live orchestra) at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Saturday 29 December 2018 at 7pm.

The Hallé: Casino Royale In Concert

Ben Palmer conductor | Film certificate 12A
Saturday 29 December 7.00pm
The Bridgewater Hall

Given the number of scenes taking place in loos and bathrooms in the film the sponsorship by PZ Cussons is rather inspired 🙂

The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3WS
Phone: 0161 907 9000

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Casino Royale in Concert[s] elsewhere

– upcoming screenings with live orchestra, from Film Concerts Live!

Click on the Film Concerts Live! link above for all info and tickets.


  • 22 July – US, Virginia, Vienna
  • 11 October – Canada, Ontario, Toronto
  • 12 October – Canada, Ontario, Toronto
  • 7 November – Denmark, Odense
  • 8 November – Denmark, Aarhus
  • 9 November – Denmark, Vejle
  • 10 November – Denmark, Copenhagen
  • 15 November – Switzerland, Zurich
  • 16 November – Germany, Frankfurt
  • 17 November – Germany, Wiesbaden
  • 29 December – UK, England, Manchester
  • and my favourite bit on any David Arnold concert-related page: “Additional dates to be announced soon”

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

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.







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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Come and hear @DavidGArnold talk about scoring Casino Royale (+screening) @ThePCCLondon Sun 14 June #JamesBond #007

Given that both interviewer (Neil Alcock aka @IncredibleSuit) and interviewee (@DavidGArnold) make me laugh quite a lot on Twitter I’m really looking forward to this on Sunday 14 June at the Prince Charles Cinema (PCC) in London. Neil will be interviewing David before a screening of Casino Royale which is one of the five James Bond films that David has scored. The PCC is currently screening ALL of the James Bond films in order every Sunday evening, before they are withdrawn from distribution until the new film (Spectre) is released.

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Neil’s previously interviewed David for his blog An Exclusive Interview With Filmy Musicy Man David Arnold!

Casino Royale has a spectacular opening sequence accompanied by this incredible theme song written by David Arnold and Chris Cornell (who sings it) – You Know My Name.

At David’s concert at the Royal Festival Hall he did an instrumental version of this song which was pretty cool, here’s hoping it’s in the program for his Barbican concert on the 18th June too (more concerts after that in Nottingham and Birmingham, details below).

Here’s the beautiful ‘City of Lovers’ performed at David’s Royal Festival Hall concert in July 2014.

I’ve been watching the series of Bond films at the PCC and have noticed that an advert for Cadbury’s Puddles keeps popping up. It occurred to me that if you were going to have some sort of confectionery sponsorship of David’s interview at the cinema* Cadbury’s might be the way to go. There’s also a biscuit called Arnott’s Royals which sound well-suited to the event but alas they’re Australian and I’m not sure there’d be time to import them. *They had cakes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Goonies which was screening at the same time as Die Another Day on Sun 7 June.

Fans of James Bond might like this t-shirt

Or this one, from Slightly Wrong Quotes “The name is James. James Bond.”

David Arnold’s concerts in 2015
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 this website on Twitter @DGAUnofficial.
David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold

Starting this Sunday: David Arnold’s James Bond films screening @ThePCCLondon + Barbican concert in June

Since January the Prince Charles Cinema has been screening, in order, all of the James Bond films and this weekend will have the first of the five films that David Arnold scored. They are showing each Sunday evening at 8.30pm as part of the 007 Retrospective.

007490Sunday 24 May 8:30pm – Tomorrow Never Dies
Sunday 31 May 8:30pm – The World Is Not Enough
Sunday 07 Jun 8:30pm – Die Another Day
Sunday 14 Jun 8:30pm – Casino Royale
Sunday 21 Jun 8:30pm – Quantum of Solace

The series continues with Skyfall (directed by Sam Mendes who works with the composer Thomas Newman) and then the PCC will re-screen a few of the earlier films out of sequence, so if you’ve missed them there’s another chance.

More info and tickets at

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 10.17.12David Arnold is also performing at another two events in June. One is quite small – he’s a musical guest at ‘Not so Silent Movies‘ at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill at 2.30pm on Sunday 7 June where he’ll be playing with their regular musicians to create a live score for some silent films.

In other words you can hear and watch films that David Arnold’s scored twice on Sunday 7 June, in some sort of David Arnold Day 🙂

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 09.40.33The other event is quite large. David, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and some special guests will be performing some of his music from film, television, Made in Dagenham the Musical, and the Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremonies at the Barbican Centre on Thursday 18 June. There will be a ticket giveaway coming soon.

This is part of a series of concerts in 2015 of his music – there are also concerts coming up in Birmingham (26 June) and Nottingham (28 June) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). David is also the guest of Ludwig Wicki who will be conducting the 21st Century Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland later this year (23 October) at a concert celebrating ‘The music of David Arnold‘. More details in the concerts-info panel below.

David Arnold’s concerts in 2015
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 this website on Twitter @DGAUnofficial.
David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold

The Soundtrack of My Life: @DavidGArnold’s a guest on @KermodeMovie’s BBCR2 show & podcast tomorrow 10pm

“Mark Kermode leads a tour through soundtracks from his favourite movies, including orchestral scores, electronic music, songs from musicals and sound effects from another world”

David Arnold is one of the guests on Mark Kermode’s programme on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm tomorrow evening.

Mark Kermode: The Soundtrack of My Life20 May 2015, 10pm
programme information (and podcast link, once show’s been broadcast)
“Mark focuses on electronic film music. Interviews include Alan Parker director of Midnight Express, Steven Price who won an Oscar for his amazing score for Gravity, and William Friedkin who directed The Exorcist and the cult film Sorcerer, Peter Strickland director of Barbarian Sound Studio, Anne Dudley who composed the score for The Full Monty and David Arnold – who scored five Bond moves including Casino Royale.

David is also listed as a guest on last week’s programme as well, see the 13 May episode here

Overview of the Soundtrack of My Life series…

“The Soundtrack of My Life is a highly personal journey through some of Mark Kermode’s favourite film scores – exploring orchestral and pop soundtracks, electronic music as well as songs and musicals. He talks to composers, directors and musicians and plays musical excerpts from films that have been important to him. Interviewees range from David Arnold (who scored 5 Bond films including Casino Royale and the TV series Sherlock), Edgar Wright, director of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, Rachel Portman the composer whose work includes the Oscar winning score for Emma and Anne Dudley who did the music for The Full Monty.”

David Arnold’s concerts in 2015
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 this website on Twitter @DGAUnofficial.
David Arnold’s on Twitter at @DavidGArnold