Watch Independence Day LIVE at the @RoyalAlbertHall, introduced by @DavidGArnold #ID4Live


David Arnold introduces the film, with its score performed live at the Royal Albert Hall

On Thursday 22 September 2016 the Royal Albert Hall will show a special screening of Independence Day Live with an orchestra (the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd) performing the film’s score ‘live to picture’. Tickets are on sale now.

This is both a 20th anniversary event (the film was released in 1996) and a premiere (it’s never been screened with its full orchestral soundtrack performed live before!

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Pure brilliance. Intricate, powerful, moving, patriotic and – best of all – simply bursting with hummable, superbly catchy themes, wonderfully developed. This Grammy-award winning album is that rare thing: a movie soundtrack equally enjoyable to listen to outside the context of the film.” – iTunes 5* review

The film’s composer, David Arnold will also be giving a pre-show talk about the film and its score (for which he won a Grammy), and his other film and television scores including James Bond and Sherlock (for which he and co-composer Michael Price won an Emmy).

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

Doors open at 6.15pm and the event starts at 7pm. I think there’ll be an interval (I’ve been to a few live-scored films at the Royal Albert Hall and there’s always been one) and subtitles (so you won’t miss anything that’s said), and all the sound effects will still be there – these were the things I wondered about when I first attended one of these events!

Here’s what David Arnold said about the event (text taken from the RAH blog).

“It’s a film that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: a huge piece of cinematic fun with characters you learn to love, bad guys you learn to hate and spectacle that satisfied a lot of inner children who longed to smash things up. The score held hands with these ideas and followed suit.

The Royal Albert Hall is such an iconic venue and a personal favourite of mine – it’s always an honour to be on the stage especially with your own material. The Hall screams ‘event’ and Independence Day was one of the biggest event movies of the last 30 years.

Hopefully my pre-film talk will get people excited all over again to see it and to really appreciate the amazing work that is being done by Nicholas Dodd – in both his orchestrations and conducting – and also the players, who may not have much puff left at the end of the evening.” David Arnold

Obvously as a fan of David’s work I’m excited about this particular event anyway but putting the ‘fan of this film and its score and the composer’ to one side for a moment, seeing a live-scored film at the Royal Albert Hall is just an incredible experience – I’m so glad someone came up with the idea and that the genre is increasing in popularity with more films being given this treatment in concert halls around the world.

‘Seeing’ seems such a small word for it though! Of course there’s a big screen so you can just enjoy watching the film on that, or you can watch the orchestra, or a bit of both. The music doesn’t swamp the speech either. It works brilliantly and is quite an astounding thing. Plus all that brass in this one! I can’t wait.

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Best. Autofill. Ever.


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

The event is produced by Tommy Pearson (who has produced and presented a number of film music concerts at the RAH and elsewhere, and also interviewed a number of composers in the RAH’s Elgar Room) and U-Live Film.

‘Not So Silent Movies’ screening silent films @electriccinema Notting Hill, w special guest @DavidGArnold

Edit 4 June – Neil Alcock (@IncredibleSuit) will be interviewing David Arnold before a screening of Casino Royale at the Prince Charles Cinema in London on Sunday 14 June, 8.10pm. Tickets and info. This is part of the PCC’s 007 Retrospective (screening all the Bond films).

*TODAY Monday 18 May 2015* – the cast album for Made in Dagenham the musical is released and #Sherlock S1E3 (The Great Game) is showing on BBC Three at 8.30pm tonight.

Not So Silent Movies – special guest David Arnold
Sunday 7 June 2015, 2.30pm
Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ED,
020 7908 9696
Info and tickets
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On Sunday 7 June, at 2.30pm in the Electric Cinema Notting Hill, David Arnold and a group of musicians will improvise a live score for some silent films they’ve not seen before – “Utterly great when it all clicks, and unintentionally hilarious when it goes awry!”

“Devised by cellist and film composer Philip Sheppard, Not So Silent Movies… combines an exciting mix of great music, extraordinary silent movies, comedy and risk, sheer entertainment for all the family. When it comes to creating split-second comic mayhem, Sheppard takes his inspiration from such masters of the silent screen as Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. In the old movie houses a lone pianist improvised along to the on-screen antics; but this afternoon at the Electric, we’re hosting what Sheppard calls “Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets chamber music”, as he and a crack line-up of players spontaneously generate a soundtrack for silent comedy classics.”

Tickets at £25, £15 child ticket (under 14 years old), £60 for a family ticket on the Front Row Sofa (2 adults and 2 children)

Later that same day
As part of its 007 Retrospective the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is screening all of the James Bond films in the order in which they were released. David has scored five James Bond films and the screening of his first one will happen next Sunday 24 May (Tomorrow Never Dies) but on Sun 7 June the film will be Die Another Day. More info and tickets from the link above.

Later that same month… June is a particularly good month for fans of David Arnold and of film music concerts as he’s got three orchestral concerts coming up. The first is at the Barbican in London on 18 June and the next two are the following week in Birmingham and Nottingham. More details and tickets in the links below. Also see the details in the edit at the top of this page about his interview at the Prince Charles Cinema on Sunday 14 June.

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