The film composer @DavidGArnold did a show on @SohoRadio yesterday – listen again if you missed it :)

Yesterday David Arnold sat in for Pete Paphides’ show on Soho Radio. You can ‘listen again’ to his entertaining session, which included songs from Shirley Bassey, Sufjan Stevens and Stevie Wonder, on Mixcloud below. The track listing (please let me know of errors) is below, don’t scroll down if you want to avoid spoilers. You’ll have to scroll down a fair distance anyway as for some reason the Mixcloud player takes up a lot of space on the blog page.

…but imagine having a two hour radio show and not telling people about the two massive and amazing film music concerts you have coming up this year in London and Prague 😉 To remedy that here’s some info about them first.

  • Sunday 5 June 2016 – David Arnold: Live in Concert, Rudolfinum, Prague with Film Music Prague
  • Thursday 22 September 2016 – Independence Day LIVE (#ID4Live), Royal Albert Hall, London with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (conducted by Nicholas Dodd) performing David’s score live to the screened film*, and featuring a pre-film talk by composer David Arnold*you hear all the dialogue & special effects as normal but thrillingly the music is performed live

Press Play and enjoy. You can also listen to David Arnold’s show on Mixcloud directly.


Play list
To further avoid spoilers I’ve made the text below pale blue and it’s on a pale grey background so you may need to select all to view it (I’m not sure how well this will work on mobile devices!)
Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet – I Almost Had A Weakness
John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
Bjork (with the Brodsky Quartet) – Hyper Ballad
Still Water – Sad Eyes
Shirley Bassey – After The Rain
Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark
Goldfrapp – Lovely Head
Sufjan Stevens – Death With Dignity
Mark Morriss – I’m Sick
James Taylor – Carolina In My Mind
Ed Sheeran – Wish You Were Here
Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythym
Little Axe – Ride On
Stevie Wonder – Living For The City
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Stevie Wonder – Knocks Me Off My Feet
The Smiths – Back To The Old House
Bon Iver – Wash
John Barry – Space March (from You Only Live Twice)
Abba – Waterloo



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)

Long Player: @petepaphides interviews @DavidGArnold about music (and biscuits)

Here’s 1hr 22mins of amiable chatting, quite a lot of it about music (feat. biscuits). Lots of nice clips of music from David’s career and a pretty good overview of what to expect at his concert next week (in Lucerne, Switzerland).

Long Player Episode 7 – ‘David Arnold’ by Long Player With Pete Paphides on Mixcloud

“Since bagging a Grammy for his fourth film score Independence Day, David Arnold has gone onto become the most consistently successful British film composer of the past 20 years. In 1997, he stepped into John Barry’s shoes and – with Barry’s blessing – scored Tomorrow Never Dies and four further Bond movies. Along the way, he has also composed music for a succession of Hollywood blockbusters – among them The Chronicles Of Narnia, Godzilla and Stargate. But he’s arguably better still when bringing his considerable gifts to bear upon British projects. As musical director of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he devoted himself exclusively to the job for 18 months, and says he was left transformed by the experience.

More than any of this stuff though, what David Arnold really likes to talk about is biscuits. Not just biscuits, but also a range of other savoury and sweet snack treats. For the seventh Long Player, he lets Pete Paphides in on his criteria for a perfect biscuit.”

Pete Paphides has interviewed lots of other people too, more information at Long Player. He also hosts a show on Soho Radio.

Next Friday (23 October) David Arnold‘s music will be celebrated, in Lucerne’s massive KKL concert hall, by the amazing film-music playing orchestra (and choir) – 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki. Tickets are available here and there are some half-price ones too.

For those in London tomorrow (Tue 13th Oct) he’s also doing a one-off event with Lethal Bizzle and Sinead Harnett at One Mayfair, more info here (you’ll have to put in a date to show you’re over 18 first).

#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

Listen again: David Arnold talking on BBC Radio Nottingham about his work (and concert in Nottingham on Sun 28th)

**If you’re reading this on a mobile phone in central London head over to Leicester Square as they’re showing Quantum of Solace tonight (Sun 21 June) at the Prince Charles Cinema at 8.30pm, £11**

Listen again (from 12min 30sec) to David Arnold talking about meeting David Walliams, writing the theme tune for Little Britain, the changing processes of composing music and his upcoming concert in Nottingham.

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The intro, from the presenter Jo Davies nicely encapsulates his work: “Next Sunday night on the 28th of June you can see David Arnold live in concert. Now ‘David Arnold’ might not be a name that you immediately recognise but I’m sure you will immediately recognise his work, because he is an award-winning composer and he’ll be performing songs and scores from his career which includes soundtracks from five different Bond films like Casino Royale, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies. He’s written the score for Independence Day, he was heavily involved in London 2012, Made in Dagenham the musical and also TV shows like Sherlock, and Little Britain.”

David Arnold is performing his music at a concert next Sunday evening (7.30pm, 28th June) at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and David McAlmont as special guest on vocals (Arnold also sings). He’s also doing a concert on the Friday night (7.30pm, 26th June) at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

You should go if you’re able – and I can back this up with evidence 🙂 Look at all these tweets from people who attended his recent London conference at the Barbican with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A very happy audience.

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Listen again: recent radio interviews w @DavidGArnold who’s doing a concert of his music tomorrow

**David Arnold’s film music concert at the Barbican, London is on Thursday 18 June at 8pm**

This morning David Arnold was the mystery guest on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show, talking in particular about his work on the James Bond films. You can listen again for the next 29 days (at time of writing), click on the picture below to go to the media player page. If you just want to hear David’s brief interview the introduction to it starts at 2hr 12m 06s but the entire show is great fun.

First broadcast: Wednesday 17 June 2015


David Arnold interviewed on Chris Evans’ breakfast radio show

A much longer (fascinating and quite geeky) interview was broadcast on Monday evening in which David spoke to Russell Davies for his BBC Radio 2 programme ‘The Art of Artists’. This one hour episode is available to listen again for another 28 days (at time of writing).

First broadcast: Monday 15 June 2015

Photo of Russell Davies (L) and David Arnold (R)

David Arnold interviewed on Russell Davies’ evening radio show

More interviews at the Listen page in the menu above.