#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/

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 @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.


For #filmmusic fans: David Arnold’s in Birmingham and Nottingham this weekend

David Arnold’s last two concerts this weekend!

BIRMINGHAM Friday 26 June 2015, Symphony Hall (A5 flyer for Birmingham concert)
NOTTINGHAM Sunday 28 June 2015, Royal Concert Hall (A5 flyer for Nottingham concert)

This weekend there are two opportunities to hear David Arnold perform his music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and David McAlmont (special guest) on his ‘A night at the movies’ tour. I went to the Barbican concert in London last week and it was absolutely brilliant – fantastic music and entertaining stories from David. The first concert is at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Friday 26th June and the second’s at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 28th June (click either link for tickets).

The ‘about the concert’ info on the venues’ websites lists the films etc for which he’s composed music, some of them very well-known (Stargate, Independence Day, BBC’s #Sherlock and five of the James Bond films) some of them perhaps less so (I thought the music he played from Four Brothers was particularly lovely) but the text doesn’t really capture the experience of hearing these pieces live, or the audience’s reaction.

After David’s previous concerts I’ve collected together some of the tweets that people wrote during and after (limited wifi at the Barbican so many of the tweets were sent later on). It’s clear that people have hugely enjoyed themselves and you can see more of the Barbican tweets here and tweets and reviews of his previous concerts here.

Here’s an example of some of the films (and a musical) that he’s scored (click the picture to visit the music and soundtracks page on this site).

An example of David Arnold's scores - click to visit the soundtracks page

Click on the pictures below for information about (and tickets for) each concert –


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Listen again: David Arnold talking on BBC Radio Nottingham about his work (and concert in Nottingham on Sun 28th)

**If you’re reading this on a mobile phone in central London head over to Leicester Square as they’re showing Quantum of Solace tonight (Sun 21 June) at the Prince Charles Cinema at 8.30pm, £11**

Listen again (from 12min 30sec) to David Arnold talking about meeting David Walliams, writing the theme tune for Little Britain, the changing processes of composing music and his upcoming concert in Nottingham.

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The intro, from the presenter Jo Davies nicely encapsulates his work: “Next Sunday night on the 28th of June you can see David Arnold live in concert. Now ‘David Arnold’ might not be a name that you immediately recognise but I’m sure you will immediately recognise his work, because he is an award-winning composer and he’ll be performing songs and scores from his career which includes soundtracks from five different Bond films like Casino Royale, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies. He’s written the score for Independence Day, he was heavily involved in London 2012, Made in Dagenham the musical and also TV shows like Sherlock, and Little Britain.”

David Arnold is performing his music at a concert next Sunday evening (7.30pm, 28th June) at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and David McAlmont as special guest on vocals (Arnold also sings). He’s also doing a concert on the Friday night (7.30pm, 26th June) at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

You should go if you’re able – and I can back this up with evidence 🙂 Look at all these tweets from people who attended his recent London conference at the Barbican with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A very happy audience.

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‘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.

Dublin | Manchester | London | Birmingham | Nottingham | Lucerne
22 Jan |     14 April     | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June    | 23 October

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.@theCBSO premiered the #Sherlock Suite in July 2013, hear them perform it again in June 2015

(Paddy Considine was the other guest, not Jeremy Irons who appeared at another concert)

and here’s a swearier tweet expressing a similar sentiment 🙂

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra premiered the Sherlock Suite, on 8 July 2013 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, as one of Mark Kermode’s four 50th birthday celebration concerts. They’ll be playing it again at two concerts in June 2015, in Birmingham and Nottingham, as part of David Arnold’s series of ‘Live in concert’ events (at which he’ll be performing).

And they’re playing it on Friday 6 March at Birmingham Symphony Hall too, part of Friday Night Classics: 21st Century Blockbusters.


Friday 26 June 2015 at 7.30pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham 0121 345 0600
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Sunday 28 June 2015 at 7.30pm
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 0115 9895555
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Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall will also be hosting a performance of the Sherlock Suite but it will be the Manchester Camerata orchestra doing the honours, on 14 April. They’ll also be performing the piece at the Liverpool Philharmonic a week later on 21 April.


Tuesday 14 April 2015 at 7.30pm
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 0161 907 9000
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Tuesday 21 April 2015 at 7.30pm
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 0151 709 3789
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And for those in London, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be on concert duties for ‘David Arnold: Live in Concert’ at the Barbican on 18 June.


Thursday 18 June 2015 at 8.00pm
Barbican, London 020 7638 8891
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There’ll be plenty of James Bond music at David’s concerts too and Londoners might also want to take advantage of the fact that the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is holding a Bond retrospective and showing all 007 films every Sunday. In a nice bit of programming confluence the Thursday 18 June concert at the Barbican is sandwiched between Casino Royale on Sunday 14 June and Quantum of Solace on Sunday 21 June.

In case you missed it, here’s Saturday’s post with David conducting A Night at the Opera from Quantum of Solace.

All concerts

Dublin | Manchester | Liverpool | London | Birmingham | Nottingham
22 Jan |     14 April    |   21 April   | 18 June |     26 June     |     28 June

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