FREE / discounted tickets for events involving @DavidGArnold’s music in October

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.55.39Monday 5 October 2015
• On TV tonight – Casino Royale, 9pm, ITV2 (more info about the soundtrack here)

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FREE tickets to #LiveColourful LIVE
• David Arnold has been working with Sinead Harnett and Lethal Bizzle to create a grime-orchestra track which will be released, free, on Tuesday 13 October thanks to support from Bulmers Cider. As part of Bulmers #LiveColourful LIVE series there will also be a free concert at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 Oct at One Mayfair – tickets are available from this website (you’ll have to confirm that you’re over 18 to enter the site). More info and links to background articles about this project here. Venue address: 13A North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZA.

Screen Shot 2015-10-03 at 11.33.42FREE tickets to Jekyll and Hyde
Enter before 5pm Tuesday 6 October. David has also been working, with Michael Price and Anthony Weeden (orchestrator) on the music for Charlie Higson’s new ITV series Jekyll and Hyde. The ITV team and Liverpool Victoria (LV=) have put together a screening experience to celebrate and you can win tickets (or, if you don’t win [you’ll hear by Friday], buy tickets) to one of four events happening on Friday 23 and Saturday 24th October.

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FREE tickets for David Arnold’s concert in Lucerne, Switzerland
• Enter before Friday 9 October for the chance to win a pair of tickets to David’s concert (in fact I think they’re giving several pairs away, as well as pairs of tickets for other concerts performed by the orchestra mentioned below, who are also doing PIXAR and Ratatouille over the next few weeks). More at Fantastische Filmmusik mit dem 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus– I recommend running text through Google Translate, if necessary!

DISCOUNTED tickets for David Arnold’s concert in Lucerne, Switzerland
There are a few half-price tickets, for ‘The music of David Arnold’, in Lucerne Switzerland on Friday 23 October, available from Radio Pilatus. Having been to a few of David Arnold’s concerts I would highly recommend going along to this if you can. I’ve also heard the orchestra (21st Century Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki) perform the music for Star Trek Into Darkness at the Royal Albert Hall, live to picture. Extremely impressive!! Regular-priced tickets are available here. There’s more information about the concert, programme below (and you can download a flyer) too.

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Kostenlose und ermäßigte Karten für David Arnold Konzert in Luzern [Dank an Google Translate!]

• Geben Sie vor Freitag, 9. Oktober für die Chance, zwei Tickets zu Davids Konzert zu gewinnen.

• Es gibt einige halben Preis Tickets, für “die Musik von David Arnold , in Luzern Schweiz am Freitag, 23. Oktober von Radio Pilatus. Nachdem wir schon in ein paar von David Arnold Konzerte Ich würde empfehlen, geht mit auf diese, wenn du kannst gewesen. Ich habe auch gehört das Orchester (21st Century Symphony Orchestra, von Ludwig Wicki durchgeführt) die Musik für Star Trek führen Into Darkness in der Royal Albert Hall, leben, um Bild. Sehr beeindruckend! Regelmäßige preisigen Tickets gibt es hier. Es gibt mehr Informationen über das Konzert, einschließlich des Programms (und Sie können einen Flyer downloaden) zu.

Win tickets for a #JekyllAndHyde screening experience w @MetroUK (music by David Arnold & Michael Price)

You can buy tickets (£3) for any of the four screening events if you didn’t win in the Metro’s competition which closed earlier in the week (you’ll hear by 5pm today if you’ve won). Click on the small arrow next to the ‘available date’ shown to select one of the other events.

Enter to win tickets before 5pm Tuesday 6 October 2015 in this competition from the Metro newspaper. You can also buy tickets (£3) for each of the four screening events (see below) here. Winners will be notified by 5pm on Friday 9 October.

Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 12.32.09To celebrate Charlie Higson‘s new series of Jekyll and Hyde, which will be shown on ITV this month, there’s an opportunity to win 10 pairs of tickets to one of four preview screening events. As part of the experience guests will step back in time to the 1930s and visit “Dr Jekyll’s laboratory and his alter ego Mr Hyde’s favourite saloon bar” – you’ll get to taste potions (mocktails) too before the screening and it will all take place in an “underground location in the heart of central London”.

The music for this series has been composed by David Arnold and Michael Price and orchestrated by Anthony Weeden, and recorded at AIR Studios (which is currently under threat, please sign the petition). This is the same team behind the excellent music for #Sherlock. (The music in the trailer below is library music though.)

The event-screenings will take place at these times on these dates

  • Friday 23 October – 6-8pm
  • Friday 23 October – 9-11pm
  • Saturday 24 October – 3-5.30pm
  • Saturday 24 October – 8-10.30pm

“This prize is non-refundable and may not be exchanged for cash. Tickets are subject to availability. The promotion closes at 5pm on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, and winners will be notified by 5pm on Friday 9th October. The promoter is Metro, usual Metro promotional rules apply – see for full details.” – the T&C link given actually goes nowhere but I’ve found this which probably does the job:

“Age: PG (Children are welcome to this event but we would recommend the screening would only be suitable for 10+. However if children younger than 10 would like to attend we’re happy for parents to use their discretion).”

Keen-eyed readers of this blog will note that Friday 23rd October is also the date on which David Arnold will be in Lucerne, Switzerland with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (conducted by Ludwig Wicki), for ‘The music of David Arnold‘ – some discounted tickets are available too.

[Hampton Court, London/Surrey] Free preview screening of #JekyllAndHyde Friday 25 Sep 2015

The green at Hampton Court Palace (how to get there) is currently hosting the Radio Times festival which runs until Sunday 27 September 2015.

On Friday 25 Sep there will be a FREE preview screening of ITV’s new Jekyll and Hyde series, written by Charlie Higson and with music from David Arnold and Michael Price (also known as the team behind BBC’s Sherlock). David has worked with Charlie before, providing music for Randall and Hopkirk (deceased).

Jekyll and Hyde – free preview screening
5.00 – 6.30pm, ‘Ernie Stage’ (festival map shows its position)
Free, but tickets required (fill in the form here)

“Get a sneak preview of ITV’s blockbuster new autumn drama, Jekyll and Hyde, at this exclusive screening of the first episode. The ten-part, big-budget production, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, has been written by Charlie Higson, and stars Richard E Grant, Tom Bateman and Natalie Gumede. Charlie Higson, Natalie Gumede and executive producer Francis Hopkinson will be on hand to answer audience questions after the screening.”

Further reading
Charlie talks Bond legacy (2007 write up of 2006 event)
Interview with Charlie Higson about his ‘Young Bond’ (James Bond’s youth) books, David Arnold also on the panel.

Read the original 2014 ITV press release announcing the commissioning of Jekyll and Hyde

Pass me on: interview with Charlie Higson (Feb 2013)

Pass me on: interview with David Arnold (Dec 2012)

#Sherlock S3E3, last episode on @BBCOne tonight, and here’s what some Sherlock folk are up to

The BBC has been screening the third series of Sherlock on BBC One and tonight at 8.30pm it’s the season finale ‘His Last Vow’ which won seven Emmy awards, including one for the amazing music from David Arnold and Michael Price. The two composers are also working together on Charlie Higson’s Jekyll and Hyde for ITV which screens later this year.
BBC 1: 8.30pm, Monday 24 AugustSherlock: His Last Vow

There are 21 days left to listen to the Sherlock Holmes: a musical mind (Prom 41) which features Mark Gatiss throughout and of course the Sherlock Suite as the final piece, in ‘part two’.
Prom 41 part 1
Prom 41 part 2

Mark Gatiss will be a special guest at the Shetland-based ‘Screenplay’ festival curated by Mark Kermode and others (here is Mark K writing about the festival in 2010, it sounds brilliant). There will be a screening of Mark G’s remarkable An Adventure in Space and Time followed by a Q&A with him and then a late-night screening of his adaptation of MR James’ ghost story The Tractate Middoth (music from David Arnold and Michael Price too).
Shetland: 8pm, Friday 4 SeptemberAn Adventure in Space and Time / Tractate Middoth

Michael Price will be introducing a film he’s worked on, Another Me, and doing a Q&A at the Hackney Picturehouse
Hackney Picturehouse: 6pm, Monday 14 SeptemberAnother Me

The Women of Sherlock (Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey and Amanda Abbington) will join producer Sue Vertue and co-creator Steven Moffat at the Radio Times festival
Hampton Court: 5-6pm, Sunday 27 September – The Women of Sherlock

See the #Sherlock Holmes prom tomorrow for £5

Get to the Royal Albert Hall for ~1pm this Sunday for a chance to see the Sherlock Holmes prom for £5 – see Queue below.
The concert features a range of musical themes from different film and television depictions of Sherlock Holmes, including music from the BBC’s Sherlock (written by David Arnold and Michael Price and arranged by Anthony Weeden) as the finale – see Programme below. There are some seated tickets left (around £40-48).

If you can’t get there you can listen to it broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 (also available on Freeview 703 or online) – see Radio below.

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1. Queue

If you’ve been wondering why tickets for the ‘Arena’ or ‘Gallery’ are unavailable for Prom 41 (Sherlock Holmes: a musical mind, Sunday 16 August 2015 3:30 pm) wonder no more – it’s because they haven’t gone on sale yet. For every Prom 1,350 tickets are released only on the day, from a couple of hours before the concert begins.

This means that if you haven’t got a ticket you haven’t left it too late and you can still get one, for five pounds 🙂 Hooray!

“A limited number of Arena tickets will usually be sold to the front of the day queue from two and a half hours before the performance. The remaining tickets will then be sold from Door 11 (Arena) and Door 10 (Gallery) from 45 minutes before the performance to those queuing (30 minutes for Late Night Proms).

Wheelchair users who wish to Prom should queue in the same way but will be redirected to Door 8 once their ticket has been purchased.”

– see the RAH’s page on ‘Day Promming‘ for more.

The performance starts at 3.30pm so be in the queue before 1pm, though tickets will be sold later on at about 2.45pm too.

Where to queue

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In the picture above you want to be in the blue queue (Arena Day queue) for £5 tickets to the downstairs Arena, next to the stage, and in the yellow queue (Gallery Day queue) if you want to watch from the upstairs Gallery. Ignore the green and pink queues, they’re for people with season tickets. The green bit at the top is Hyde Park and Prince Consort Road is next to the Royal College of Music where, from 11am to 2pm, Michael Price will be running a (now full) session on Composing for Film and TV for 12-18 year olds.

2. Radio

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BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the Prom and a short programme in the middle during the interval.
Prom 41 – part 1, 3.30pm
Interval, 4.25pm
Prom 41 – part 2, 4.45pm

Further listening / viewing

David Arnold (composer) and Matthew Sweet (Prom 41 presenter) were interviewed by Samira Ahmed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on Friday 14th August at 7.15pm and you can listen again to the podcast version.

If you’re in London you can enjoy David Arnold’s music for the film Amazing Grace which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch on London Live (Freeview 8), 10pm Saturday 15th August.

3. Programme

Hans Zimmer: Discombobulate; The Mycroft Suite; Zu viele Füchse für euch Hänsel (arr. Robert Ziegler from ‘Sherlock Holmes’)
Orlande de Lassus: Osculetur me Osculo; Super Flumina Babylonis (4 part)
Patrick Gowers: Baker Street Reunion; Irene Adler (from Granada TV’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’)
Rossini: Una voce poco fa (The Barber of Seville)
Tchaikovsky: Aria: Ah Tanya, Tanya (Eugene Onegin, Act 1)
Patrick Gowers: Holmes in Europe; The Death of Sherlock Holmes (from Granada TV’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’)


Miklos Rozsa: Main Titles (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes)
Paganini: Violin Concerto No.2 – 3rd Movement ‘La campanella’
Frank Skinner: Music from ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terrror’ Wagner: The Ride of the Vakyries
David Arnold & Michael Price: Sherlock Suite (from BBC TV’s ‘Sherlock’)

#Sherlock music @RoyalAlbertHall Prom, and the @BarbicanCentre screens all the Episode 3 cliffhangers

1) A (Cumber) Batch of Benedict: Sherlock – The Cliffhangers (12A)

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[More info] Look for the green button on the top right of that page to book tickets.

In August the Barbican Centre is having a bit of a Benedict Cumberbatch-fest “A (Cumber) Batch of Benedict” with a whole load of screenings of films that he’s been in.

Delightfully this includes all the #Sherlock ‘E3’ cliffhangers (the final episode of each of the three series) in one massive session (with a 15m interval between The Reichenbach Fall and His Last Vow. There’s the fantastic music from David Arnold and Michael Price and if you’ve not seen Sherlock on the big screen I definitely recommend going along. More information and tickets for the Sherlock screenings.

That’s happening on Thursday 13th August at 6pm and they’re screening the following three episodes

The Great Game (Sherlock Season 1, Episode 3)  
Sherlock is sucked into an evil genius’s twisted game and so begins an epic battle of wits that tests our detective’s skills to the limit.

The Reichenbach Fall (Sherlock Season 2, Episode 3)
The Sherlock and Moriarty showdown. One of the greatest ends to a series. Ever.

His Last Vow (Sherlock Season 3, Episode 3)
The Great Detective’s softer side comes to the fore in this explosive finale to Season 3. Entangled in the web of a creepy media mogul, Sherlock must decide where his loyalties lie and how much he’s willing to sacrifice for those he loves.

More information and tickets for the Sherlock screenings.

More information about the other Benedict Cumberbatch screenings, including Hawking and Star Trek: Into Darkness

2) Sherlock Holmes: A musical mind – Prom 41

Proms Pano

Proms Pano by Steve Bowbrick (@bowbrick)

The Royal Albert Hall is presenting a Sherlock Holmes prom with music from several of the on-screen depictions of Conan Doyle’s detective. This includes the BBC’s updated version, with music by David Arnold and Michael Price as before, but this time you get to hear it performed live by an orchestra. In the Royal Albert Hall. You have my word that this is going to be amazing 🙂 Also Mark Gatiss is one of the special guests.

BBC Proms presents… Prom 41: Sherlock Holmes – A Musical Mind
Sunday 16 August 2015
Doors: 2:45pm
Starts: 3:30pm

You can book seated advanced tickets for everywhere in the main hall except the standing-only ground-level Arena and the Gallery at the top of the Hall as that’s where the £5 on-the-day-tickets will be sold. As there are around 1,350 of these tickets there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get one, you just need to turn up about three hours before the concert and wear comfy shoes. (Remember that they take the seats out of the Arena so you will be standing for the full concert, you probably won’t need to queue for an additional three hours though). More about ‘on the day’ promming here

Incidentally following Arthur Conan Doyle’s death the Royal Albert Hall held a séance for him…

In this recording made 85 years ago on 14 May 1930 you can hear Arthur Conan Doyle talking briefly about the origins of Sherlock Holmes before discussing his own (ACD’s) enthusiasm for spiritualism. He died a few weeks after this recording was made and, according to this article, following his death “… a séance was conducted at the Royal Albert Hall. Thousands attended, including his wife and children. A row of chairs were arranged on the stage for the family, with one left empty for Sir Arthur. Even though he did not appear, there were many people in the audience who claimed they had felt his presence among them.”

More information and tickets for the Sherlock Holmes prom.

A couple of years ago I queued for tickets on the day, my experience of it was fantastic – can’t guarantee they’ll have the same system in place so don’t rely on how it was for me, but here’s how it was for me 🙂

I turned up on the day, was given a numbered cloakroom ticket (this is not the real ticket, these are free and just reserve your place in the real queue for the real tickets) from a steward and found out when I needed to get into the official queue. Then I wandered across the road (to the Royal College of Music) to a radio recording of a Prom interview until that time and then returned, slotting myself into the queue according to the number on my cloakroom ticket. It was very clever and effective.

#Sherlock (rpt) is back on our screens starting today – 8.30pm, @bbcthree S1E1 A study in pink

The first episode of Sherlock is being broadcast tonight (Monday 4 May 2015) – A Study in Pink will be on BBC Three at 8.30pm followed next week by The Blind Banker (S1E2) on Monday 11 May, same time same place.

There’s also plenty of opportunity this year to hear the music from Sherlock performed live with orchestras. There are three concerts from David Arnold coming up in June (you can read about his amazing London concert in 2014 at which he performed the Sherlock music with Michael Price conducting the orchestra, with the music introduced by Mark Gatiss and Amanda Abbington), an open-air one in Prague and a Sherlock Holmes prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

David Arnold’s “A Night at the Movies” June concerts

The open-air concert in Prague on the 10th of June will have music from Sherlock and the Sherlock Holmes prom, ‘A musical mind’, will take place on Sunday 16 August (at 3.30pm). Tickets won’t go on sale until later this month so don’t be discouraged by the ‘book tickets’ link not working yet.