[Short video] Patrick Doyle, David Arnold & Michael Giacchino talk about composing film music, for BAFTAguru

In Focus: Composing. Vol 2: Patrick Doyle (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), David Arnold (Sherlock) and Michael Giacchino (Jurassic World) feature in this short video from BAFTAGuru on how they moved into the world of composing for film.

I think they’re speaking from the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall (I recognise the red piano!) which isn’t too surprising as I’ve been to see all three speak in that very room as part of the BAFTA Conversations with Screen Composers series.

Coming up next in that series is James Horner who’ll be interviewed by Tommy Pearson there on Wednesday 29 April (sold out). Also sold out and happening a couple of days earlier on Monday 27 April is Titanic Live, a live scoring of James Horner’s music for the film. Originally James was to have conducted the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPO) at this event but he’s hurt his shoulder so Ludwig Wicki will be doing the honours.

Ludwig Wicki will also be conducting the 21st Century Orchestra for ‘The Music of David Arnold‘ in Lucerne, Switzerland on 23 October later this year at which David will be a special guest. The RPO, possibly conducted by Nicholas Dodd though the page doesn’t confirm it, will also be playing at David’s London concert at the Barbican on Thursday 18 June: A Night at the Movies.

Tonight (Saturday 18 April) David will be performing at the Southbank Centre, Waterloo in a benefit for the Battersea Arts Centre which was badly damaged by a recent fire.

In Focus: Composing. Vol 1: features Sherlock co-composer Michael Price along with Kevin Sargent (The Hour), Steven Price (Gravity) and Alain Boublil (Les Miserables).

David Arnold’s 2015 concerts

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

David Arnold introduces himself at the Royal Festival Hall :) Recorded by @davidmcalmont


David Arnold will be hosting another London concert, on 18 June 2015, at the Barbican. For info about his other concerts please see the menu at the top of the page or the shortcuts below.

2015 concert series
Dublin | Manchester | Liverpool | London | Birmingham | Nottingham
22 Jan |     14 April    |   21 April   | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June

This is an unofficial website.

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas – featuring David McAlmont and David Arnold

David McAlmont recently performed with David Arnold at his July 2014 concert at London’s Southbank, you can read a snippet of one of the reviews below. Here’s a Christmas song they recorded together a few years ago and they previously collaborated on a fantastic version of Diamonds are Forever.

“When MOJO collared James Bond and Little Britain composer David Arnold at a party he was full of Pre Christmas spirit. We duly press-ganged him into contributing to Blue Christmas. He did so in generous fashion, recording a remarkable version of the Martin/Blane classic with one of the great British singers extant, David McAlmont.” Mojo Magazine 2005.

Just in case the tweet doesn’t embed the video properly here it is below.

Here’s a little bit of what the beige website had to say about the concert, more on the reviews page.

“During this segment Mr Arnold unsheathed his “secret weapon”, singer David Mcalmont, who stepped onto the stage to perform Play Dead, a song made famous by Bjork. The shot was a bullseye. The target exploded. And the audience, including David Walliams, Mark Gatiss, Steve Furst, Amanda Abbington and Martin Freeman, roared with excitement.”
Review: David Arnold at the Royal Festival Hallbeige