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 (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.

.@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.

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