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

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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!

 

 

 

#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): http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2016/independence-day/

The @RoyalAlbertHall’s wonderful ‘films live’ series starts soon (inc #ID4Live)

Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gladiator, Independence Day, Amadeus, Jurassic Park, Aliens, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – all films you may remember enjoying in cinemas on their release, and later on television / DVD. But these films are now part of a fantastic new ‘live’ film festival at the Royal Albert Hall.

It’s a film festival with a difference as each one will have its musical track (the score) performed by a live orchestra, right there, in front of you.

I’ve been to a few of these ‘films live’ concerts at the RAH and it’s a visceral and thrilling experience. In the last couple of years I’ve seen Titanic and the new Star Trek films given the live orchestra (and choir) treatment. Big screen, big orchestra, big venue – absolutely amazing, and hearing the orchestra unexpectedly (though, had I thought about it…) launch into the studio logo music for 20th Century Fox made everyone sit up at the start.

If you’ve not been to see a film live in concert (also known as ‘live to picture’ or ‘live to projection’) before then here are some answers to the sorts of questions I had before I went to my first one –

  • Will I be able to hear the actors speaking if the audio track’s been removed?
    Yes, only the music track will be replaced – all the voices (and I think the special effects) will be as you remember them from the film.
  • Will I be able to hear the dialogue given an orchestra is playing too?
    Yes, the timing of the musical cues on these things is incredible and you won’t miss anything that’s happening. Also all the films (except the Western Music in Cinema films clips concert) “will feature the full original dialogue, which will also be subtitled”. It’s quite nice to have subtitles as ‘back up’ because so much amazing stuff is happening in front of you (film on screen, massive venue, big orchestra) 🙂
  • Is there an interval?
    In all the ones I’ve been to there has been a 20 minute one. At a suitable point the screen gently goes black and the orchestra closes the piece of music and we have a jolly good clap. After the interval the orchestra starts up again and then images reappear on the screen. At the right time. And I sat there when this was happening thinking ‘how on earth did you manage that?!’ 🙂 It’s amazingly well done.

    Given the queues for drinks (you can take drinks in with you in a plastic glass) and for the loos it’s probably best to book an interval drink in advance and pick a location to collect it from to speed things along nicely. My favourite place inside the RAH, other than the auditorium and the Elgar Room where they do lots of film composer interviews, is the Berry Bros. & Rudd No.3 Bar in the basement.

 

Here’s the list of feature film and film clips events (current at time of posting) that are accompanied by a live orchestra, at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington.

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Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark live
March 2016 (Wed 9th-Sat 12th – 7pm every night and 2.30pm on Sat too)

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Western music in concert
March 2016 (Fri 11th – 7.30pm)
“Western movie and TV scores from the likes of John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Dimitri Tiomkin and the legendary Ennio Morricone will be performed by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, whilst original footage will be screened simultaneously on the big screen above.”

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Gladiator live
May 2016 (Wed 25th to Thur 26th – 7.30pm)

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Independence Day Live (#ID4Live)
September 2016 (Thur 22nd – 7pm) – note that the composer David Arnold is giving a talk before the film screens (also see pictures below).

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Amadeus Live
October 2016 (Fri 14th – 7pm)

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Jurassic Park in Concert (#JurassicParkLive)
November 2016 (Thur 3rd to Sat 5th – 7.30pm every night (also 2.30pm Sat [sold out])

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Aliens Live
November 2016 (Sun 6th – 3pm and 7.30pm)

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in concert
December 2016 (Wed 28th – 2pm and 7pm)

Ticket prices start from ~£28 up to about £60/70 but if you want to splash out there are all sorts of exciting dining and quaffing packages available.

In the Instagram linked (pic embedded below) David Arnold is sitting upstairs at the organ, for the End Credits of Independence Day at his Dublin concert in January 2015.

 

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

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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.

See #Zoolander FREE in London this Wednesday (23 Sep) 7.30pm

Movie_poster_zoolanderThere’s a free open-air screening of Zoolander (music by David Arnold) this week on Thursday evening.

The Scoop amphitheatre at More London is an art and performance area next to City Hall which has a free film festival in September and this week is showing Still Alice (Tue 22 Sep), Zoolander (Wed 23 Sep) and The Sound of Music (Thur 24th). All screenings start at 7.30pm, all are free and entry is first-come, first-served.

Zoolander
7.30pm, Thursday 23 September
Scoop, More London

 

Things to bring

  • Something waterproof to sit on, for added comfort (the seats are a bit granite-y) a cushion or similar might be a good idea (you can also hire these)
  • Something to keep you covered, and warm. Sitting outside once the sun has gone done can be a bit chilly and it might rain
  • Food / drink – you can buy this on-site (there’s also a nearby Marks & Spencer, other shops are available too) and you can bring a picnic (but not anything in glass)

Getting there

The Scoop amphitheatre is literally right next to City Hall, you can see it on Google maps here (Scoop is to the right of the map marker for More London Estates) and here’s a map of the estate and travel connections.

London Bridge is the nearest rail or tube station and, if you’re arriving by Thames Clipper ferry it’s London Bridge City pier. Note that Scoop’s also very close to Tower Bridge too so Tower Hill station and pier are fairly close by but on the opposite side of the river so you’d need to walk over the bridge to get to the venue.

 

 

Independence Day, on Independence Day @ThePCCLondon, music by @DavidGArnold

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This Saturday 4th July the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square will be showing Independence Day which is jolly good fun and also has amazing music from David Arnold. The film starts at 8.45pm and tickets are £11 or £8.50 if you’re a member. Click on the picture above to buy tickets.

Related post: Spaceships visible in the UK today

Come and hear @DavidGArnold talk about scoring Casino Royale (+screening) @ThePCCLondon Sun 14 June #JamesBond #007

Given that both interviewer (Neil Alcock aka @IncredibleSuit) and interviewee (@DavidGArnold) make me laugh quite a lot on Twitter I’m really looking forward to this on Sunday 14 June at the Prince Charles Cinema (PCC) in London. Neil will be interviewing David before a screening of Casino Royale which is one of the five James Bond films that David has scored. The PCC is currently screening ALL of the James Bond films in order every Sunday evening, before they are withdrawn from distribution until the new film (Spectre) is released.

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Neil’s previously interviewed David for his blog An Exclusive Interview With Filmy Musicy Man David Arnold!

Casino Royale has a spectacular opening sequence accompanied by this incredible theme song written by David Arnold and Chris Cornell (who sings it) – You Know My Name.

At David’s concert at the Royal Festival Hall he did an instrumental version of this song which was pretty cool, here’s hoping it’s in the program for his Barbican concert on the 18th June too (more concerts after that in Nottingham and Birmingham, details below).

Here’s the beautiful ‘City of Lovers’ performed at David’s Royal Festival Hall concert in July 2014.

I’ve been watching the series of Bond films at the PCC and have noticed that an advert for Cadbury’s Puddles keeps popping up. It occurred to me that if you were going to have some sort of confectionery sponsorship of David’s interview at the cinema* Cadbury’s might be the way to go. There’s also a biscuit called Arnott’s Royals which sound well-suited to the event but alas they’re Australian and I’m not sure there’d be time to import them. *They had cakes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Goonies which was screening at the same time as Die Another Day on Sun 7 June.

Fans of James Bond might like this t-shirt

Or this one, from Slightly Wrong Quotes “The name is James. James Bond.”


David Arnold’s concerts in 2015
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