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”

.@DavidGArnold & Don Black i/viewed by @edibow at Bond in Motion, Tue 20 Mar

Hooray! Edith Bowman will be interviewing Bond composer David Arnold and lyricist Don Black at the London Film Museum‘s ‘Bond in Motion‘ exhibition on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The evening will start with a Bollinger champagne reception at 6.30pm and the event will finish at 8pm. Tickets (£49) are available from the 007 website.

Venue and travel details below.

“Bowman will be talking to Black and Arnold about the songwriting process and the inspiration for their songs.

Award-winning lyricist, Black has written over a hundred songs for motion pictures including a quintet of James Bond theme songs – Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun, ‘Surrender’ from Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World is Not Enough.

A fan of the James Bond film series and its music from an early age, Arnold is best known for scoring Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

A huge movie fan and respected film presenter, broadcaster Edith Bowman has hosted TV and radio shows across all the major networks. She has her own successful podcast, Soundtracking, which explores the relationship between film and music.” Source: 007

Venue: London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BN [Google Map]

Info taken from LFF’s page.
The nearest train station is Charing Cross. Also Waterloo Station is located approximately a 15 minute walk away over Waterloo Bridge.

The nearest tube stations are:
– Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines)
– Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Line)
– Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)

The nearest bus route is the RV1 that stops on Russell Street approximately one minute away from the museum (Stop ID 51813). Other bus routes that stop within a short walking distance of the museum include: 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 38, 55, 59, 69, 73, 77A, 91, 98, 134, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 242, 243, 34 and X68.

Curiously they don’t mention the nearest pier which would seem to be the most James Bond way of getting to any event, on one of the whizzy Thames Clippers ferries, but Embankment Pier would be the best one (exit, walk through Embankment tube station, up Villiers Street to Strand and turn right (Charing Cross station would be on your left as you approach Strand) walking along Strand towards Aldwych until you reach Wellington Street on the left.

The last boat from Embankment going to Greenwich and Woolwich is 2328.

Waterloo (London Eye) pier is a bit more of a walk and you have to get across the bridge too, I’d stick with Embankment.


Panel event, London – @DavidGArnold at film music event in September


David Arnold (composer of Stargate, five James Bond films, Independence Day, BBC’s Sherlock (with Michael Price), Made in Dagenham – the film and the stage musical) is one of the panel guests at the 2nd annual ‘Fans of music from the movies’ event. Doors open at 11.30am on Saturday 9th September with the event running from 12-5pm. Information and tickets.

Guy Farley, Frank Ilfman and Christopher Young are panel guests too.

The venue is Angel Studios, Islington [311 – 312 Upper Street, Islington London N1 2TU – I recommend the free CityMapper app [Apple | Android] / web-app for getting anywhere in London].

David has two concerts coming up this month in Dublin – the first, on Friday 19th May, is a selection of music from his career and the second, Saturday 20th May, is a screening of Independence Day with the orchestra playing the full score live. All the dialogue, sound and other special effects are as they were in the film, they just quieten the music and the orchestra takes over.

His concerts are always rather lovely events. Two years ago I was at his Dublin 2015 concert and it was a wonderful and joyful occasion – I collected loads of appreciative tweets and Instagram posts about it here. Last year I attended #ID4Live’s premiere last year at the Royal Albert Hall and it was every bit as immense and epic as you might imagine. I realise someone who’s created a fan site specifically to celebrate David Arnold’s concerts might be a bit biased but honestly they’re just brilliant 🙂

Both concerts take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Nicholas Dodd will be conducting the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

If you’re travelling from the UK and fancy doing the journey by rail-and-sail then this post might be of use, though I suspect the prices will have gone up a bit!




Save the date: 19/20 May – two @DavidGArnold concerts in Dublin @BGETheatre

[Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at night, image credit – Miguel Mendes, Wikimedia Commons]

On Friday 10 March, at 9am, you’ll be able to buy tickets for David Arnold’s latest orchestral concerts at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. That’s concertS plural. Given how utterly brilliant his concerts have been, and the previous Dublin one (which sold out) was particularly lovely, I strongly recommend them. Also it’s lovely to be able to tick the ‘Concerts’ category on a new post on this site, which heralds another opportunity to hear David’s music live and hear him talk about it 😀

Fri May 19th RTÉ Concert Orchestra Signature Series: David Arnold
The first concert, on Friday 19th May 2017, will cover the breadth of David’s music across his career including scores for films and television shows (“Casino Royale, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace as well as Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, Sherlock” (co-written with Michael Price)) as well as his work as Musical Director for the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in London 2012. [Info & tickets (from Friday)]

Sat May 20th RTÉ Concert Orchestra Presents Independence Day
The following night, Saturday 20th May 2017, will be Independence Day (‘ID4’) screened with the music performed live by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. It’s unbelievably thrilling to hear the music performed live in sync with the picture. You won’t miss anything in the film – the dialogue and sound effects are still there, it’s just the music that’s silenced in the film version and replaced with a live orchestra. ID4 Live had its premiere a few months ago at the Royal Albert Hall and is a wonderful addition to the increasing numbers of films that people can experience again with a live orchestra. [Info & tickets (from Friday)]

Here’s the Albert Hall audience reacting to the bit just before the film gets started – I rather think they enjoyed it 🙂

#ID4RAH – Win 2 tickets to see Independence Day LIVE at the Royal Albert Hall

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Enter the competition and win two tickets
Firstly, I drafted this blog post while watching Independence Day on E4 last night, so it felt a bit like the planets had aligned. Secondly the Royal Albert Hall have excelled themselves in the event-competition-stakes, by whoomphing a couple of tickets to see Independence Day LIVE up into space (sort of) and recapturing them safetly on their return. These tickets are up for grabs along with a lovely meal and pre-film drinks.

What’s Independence Day LIVE
It’s a screening of the 1996 film Independence Day [certificate 12] on a great big screen in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall but with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing the film’s score (composed by David Arnold and orchestrated by Nicholas Dodd who’ll be conducting) live as the movie runs. The dialogue and sound effects will still be there and the film will also have subtitles, but the music’s created in front of you. David Arnold will be giving a pre-film talk as well.

Event details: Thursday 22 September 2016, spaceship dock (doors!) opens at 6.15pm, event starts at 7pm.

What’s the competition?
The chance to win two tickets for the film screening and talk, plus a meal and drinks. Your task is to estimate how high above sea-level (to the nearest whole METRE) the tickets were sent and tweet that number to them (@RoyalAlbertHall) using the hashtag #ID4RAH.

Click on the embedded tweet below to see the replies so far. You need to enter by 23:59 on 17 July 2016 to be in with a chance. A winner will be selected on 18 August 2016. See this link for the Royal Albert Hall’s full prize description, entry route and T&Cs. (note that it’s open only to residents of Great Britain and the Isle of Man, aged 18 years or over only).

Good luck! There’s a little video below of the tickets. I understand the RAH were trying to invite the film’s aliens to the screening but as the tickets weren’t collected they’ve made them available to the humans instead 🙂

Link for regular tickets (that haven’t been into space):

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

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