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The short version:
Film composer David Arnold is doing a film music concert, with music from some of the films and television programmes he’s scored. Michael Price will also be there and they’re going to play some music from the BBC show Sherlock. It’s happening this Sunday evening (6 July, 8pm) at the Royal Festival Hall. David’s also doing lots of his music from James Bond and loads of other of his films (Stargate, Independence Day). Click on the big orange button for tickets, or use this link: David Arnold at the Royal Festival Hall

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Before that (on Thursday 3 July at 6.30, film at 7.30pm) Michael Price’s new filmΒ Delicious (he produced it as well as writing the music) is having its premiere at the Curzon Soho [99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY]. Louise Brealey (Molly in Sherlock) also stars in the film. Click the picture below for tickets, or use this link: Delicious film premiere tickets.

Delicious UK premiere







Before we get to the ‘not so short version’, press play – enjoy…


The not so short version:
Last summer I had the amazing good fortune to hear some music from Sherlock played by a full orchestra (arranged by Anthony Weeden) at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. It was at an evening of film music curated by Mark Kermode to celebrate his 50th birthday and he invited along a few guests, including David Arnold. The orchestra played some of his music from the film Stargate as well, it was all rather fantastic.

A few months after that David was interviewed at the Edinburgh TV festival (that’s a YouTube link there, Sherlock fans will enjoy watching the last four minutes in particular πŸ™‚ ) and RadioTimes reported that he’d talked about how well Sherlock would work in a prom setting (it works brilliantly in orchestral form and there’s oodles of music). Amazingly the outgoing controller of BBC Radio 3, Roger Wright (who was also the Director of the BBC Proms) said there were no plans and was quoted as saying “I can’t imagine how that would work“. Cue amazement and general agreement that a Sherlock Prom was precisely what was wanted. There was a great deal of interest in the idea, judging from this post on Michael Price’s Facebook page.

Woefully, a Sherlock prom isn’t listed in the BBC Proms programme this year (the Proms take place at the Royal Albert Hall with satellite talks at places like the Royal College of Music) but … {cue dramatic music} … for one night only (possibly, fingers crossed for more!) there’ll be a bit of a Sherlock prom as part of David Arnold’s debut concert this coming Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall (at the Southbank Centre).

Behold this tweet!

Here’s an opportunity to hear some music from Sherlock, introduced by (and possibly performed by) the people who wrote it πŸ˜€

David Arnold: live in concert

When: Sunday 6 July 2014, 8pm
Where: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Ticket details: There are 50% concessions for the people who are eligible but tickets start at Β£20 and the most expensive is Β£44.50. If you’re a member of Southbank you don’t pay the small booking fee (Β£1.75)
Tickets & info: Click the big orange button below πŸ™‚ Or use this link: David Arnold at the Royal Festival Hall

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Promotional blurb totally pinched from the RFH website:

David Arnold: Independence Day
David Arnold: Stargate
David Arnold: Stepford wives
David Arnold: Casino Royale
David Arnold: Quantum of solace
David Arnold: The world is not enough
David Arnold: Last of the dogmen
David Arnold: (& Michael Price): Sherlock
.: and many more!

What do Independence Day, James Bond, Sherlock and the London 2012 Olympic Games have in common?

Award-winning composer and songwriter David Arnold makes his London concert debut. He has been nominated for, and won, numerous Grammy, Ivor Novello, BMI, Saturn, World Soundtrack and BAFTA awards for his music.

His work has featured on the soundtracks to Independence Day, Stargate, the James Bond films, The Chronicles of Narnia, Godzilla, Hot Fuzz, Paul, The London 2012 Olympic Games and Sherlock.

David performs and sings alongside London’s premier orchestral musicians and band.


And while you wait for Sunday evening, enjoy a bit of music…

Sherlock: Music from series 1 – Amazon UK
Sherlock: Music from series 2 – Amazon UK
Sherlock: Music from series 3 – Amazon UK

Sherlock (Soundtrack from the TV series) 1 – iTunes GB
Sherlock (Soundtrack from the TV series) 2 – iTunes GB
Sherlock (Soundtrack from the TV series) 3 – iTunes GB

… or download a PDF flyer.

David Arnold RFH concert flyer

Click to download the concert flyer

Getting there
The Royal Festival Hall is at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX. Nearest tube exit is Waterloo (includes Waterloo East and Waterloo South Western mainline).

The venue is very close to the London Eye (and riverside) and near the BFI Imax cinema. The physically closest (on same road, drops you rght next to it) bus stop is Q (rather appropriate given that there’ll be lots of James Bond music!) which is served by the RV1 bus (which goes from Aldwych/Covent Garden stop, another stop outside Aldwych/Somerset House before crossing the river, or from the opposite direction the bus picks up under the arches by Minories at Tower Gateway (DLR station) before heading across Tower Bridge). Plenty of buses serve Waterloo and you can also get there direct (rail) from Charing Cross and London Bridge.


Rail times

Boat times – Thames Clipper ferries
London Eye Pier (aka Waterloo Millennium Pier) is literally at the base of the London Eye (you walk underneath it, it’s cool), and the last ferries leaving on weekends are at 22:13 and 23:13 (p3 of the Thames Clipper timetable) going to Greenwich / North Greenwich / Woolwich. They’re also licensed to kill serve a range of alcoholic (yes, really) and hot beverages + snacks. Travelling at speed towards the Millennium Dome is pretty James Bond-ish.


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