The BBC Proms is arguably one of the most famous classical music concerts in the world. This eight-week extravaganza features daily concerts for a variety of classical music composers and film scores. But in 2022, the Proms will host their first-ever video game concert.
Conducted by Robert Ames, the show begins tonight at 7:30pm at the Royal Albert Hall. Some of gaming’s most recognizable tunes will debut at this annual event, hopefully starting a new trend of showcasing the medium each year. Video game music has grown in popularity in recent years, with franchises such as kirby Win Grammy Awards.
The full line-up for tonight’s concert was announced over the weekend, and there are some heavy Nintendo hits in the mix. Both The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon will be featured during the concert, and since both franchises have hundreds of iconic pieces of music, we can’t even begin to think which conductor Robert Ames or arrangers Nic Raine and CHAINES chose.
Zelda gets its own slot for five minutes, while Pokémon shares the spotlight with a few more unusual picks – but it doesn’t deserve less in any way. SEGA’s Ecco the Dolphin and Square Enix’s Secret of Mana will be featured in a 10-minute tribute piece with Game Freaks franchise, and we’re excited to see how these three games come together.
Square Enix has a pretty strong showing at the concert this year, and given the number of legendary composers that have emerged from the studio, that’s no surprise. final fantasy comes as expected with Nobuo Uematsu’s “Liberi Fatali” from Final Fantasy VIII and showcases the talent of the legendary JRPG composer. Kingdom Hearts music will also be included, and while the listing credits both composer Yoko Shimomura and singer Hikaru Utada, the 4-minute track/set has not been revealed.
Here’s the full line-up for tonight’s Gaming Proms, From 8-Bit to Infinity, from the BBC website:
– Matt Rogers, Tim Follin- Loading Chronos (8 minutes) BBC commission: world premiere
-Koji Kondo- The Legend of Zelda (5 Minutes) Arr. Nick Raine
– CHAINS – Homage to Pokémon, Ecco, and Secret of Mana (10 mins) Original compositions by Junichi Masuda, Hiroki Kikuta, Spencer Nilsen, Attila Dobos, András Magyari, David Javelosa and Andy Armer
– Nobuo Uematsu – Final Fantasy VIII: Liberi Fatali (5 mins) arr. Andreas Skeet
– Kow Otani – Shadow of the Colossus – Suite (8 mins) arr. Tomomichi Takeoka
– Yoko Shimomura, Hikaru Utada – Kingdom Hearts (4 minutes) Orch. Kaoru Wada
-Austin Winterlich- Excerpts from Traveler – A Journey Symphony (15 mins)
– Hildur Guðnadóttir, Sam Slater – Choices from Battlefield 2042 (14 mins) Arr. Robert Ames; European premiere
-Jessica Curry- Dear Esther/So let’s melt – I’ve started my ascension; The departure (5 minutes) Arr. Jim Fowler
For a first-time video game music Proms, that’s a pretty broad selection of both classic and new music. We hope this will stimulate more video game concerts in the UK and around the world.
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