Reviews

As wonderful of a selection as the program was and as fine of a job as the musicians did in performing Arnold’s music (the brass section in particular must have slept very, very well that night), the biggest takeaway of the evening was simply how much everyone enjoyed being there. There was a wonderful air of celebration, not merely of the music itself but of all the fine collaborations that have lasted throughout Arnold’s career.
David Arnold plays his greatest hits in his London concert debutEnjoy the crawl – London 2014 concert

Reviews of David Arnold’s concerts

  1. London: 6 July 2014 concert at the Royal Festival Hall (his debut concert)
  2. Dublin: 22 January 2015 concert at the National Concert Hall
  3. Manchester: 14 April 2015 concert at Bridgewater Hall
  4. London: 18 June 2015 concert at the Barbican

1. London: 6 July 2014 concert at the Royal Festival Hall

“The first half of the program appeared hand-selected to show off the eclectic nature of Arnold’s oeuvre. Immediately, the audience was bombarded with the heroic fanfare of his overture for the late ’90s space adventure Wing Commander. From there, the program ventured into the gorgeous, Barryesque gestures of Last of the Dogmen, the bluesy guitar of Four Brothers, the cool, understated majesty of his 2012 London Olympics Closing Medals Ceremony, the thundering monster movie heights of Godzilla, and the delirious, waltzy splendor of The Stepford Wives.”
David Arnold plays his greatest hits in his London concert debutEnjoy the crawl

“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

“The mood sobered briefly when Arnold assumed singing duties for a never-before-heard song from his upcoming stage musical, Made in Dagenham—a work about the late ’60s women’s rights movement in the UK. With lyrics written from the perspective of a wife and mother, this heartbreaking song was delivered by Arnold with all the passion and all the poignancy it deserves.”
David Arnold plays his greatest hits in his London concert debutEnjoy the crawl

“We enjoyed Arnold’s vocals again on the title track from The World is Not Enough, as well the unused ‘Only Myself to Blame’ from the same film, both songs written in collaboration with legendary lyricist Don Black. Arnold also performed a raw and pounding instrumental version of ‘You Know My Name’ from Daniel Craig’s debut Casino Royale.”
‘David Arnold: Live in Concert’ reviewCult Box

“The star character of this memorable event however was not 007, but undoubtedly Sherlock. It is rare for any contemporary television series to have such an imaginative and well written score, which when performed last night as an orchestral suite, captivated and invigorated the entire auditorium.”
Review: David Arnold at the Royal Festival Hallbeige

Further reading – London

2. Dublin: 22 January 2015 concert at the NCH

“What a night I had last week, David Arnold played with the RTÉ concert orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, as part of their signature series. It was a night of classic film scores from various movies that David has composed. Along with Nicholas Dodd conducting, and David McAlmont popping in to lend his vocal talents, it was a great night with a live orchestra. The music cues sounded amazing, and to see a full orchestra live was unbelievable!!

The night began with the theme from Wing Commander, and then David took to the stage. Before each music piece, David gave a bit of background to it, and gave some very interesting points on the Bond pieces.”
David Arnold Live Review – Dublin 22nd January 2015James Bond Radio

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 19.36.34 Collection of Storified tweets from the audience enjoying the Dublin concert.

Further reading – Dublin

3. Manchester: 14 April 2015 concert at Bridgewater Hall

“He joined the (rather wonderful) Manchester Camerata on stage after they’d played his first piece. Throughout the evening, he regaled us with interesting anecdotes, played (and sang in some cases) along with various pieces and was genuinely good company. He was also joined for two of his songs (one of them Surrender from Tomorrow Never Dies) by acclaimed singer David McAlmont.”
A Night at the Movies with David Arnold and the Manchester Camerata (review)Neil’s musings

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 19.36.34  More tweets from the audience enjoying David’s Manchester concert

4. London: 18 June 2015 concert at the Barbican

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 19.36.34  Here are some more of the tweets sent by members of the audience to say how much they’d enjoyed the Barbican concert.