An Evening of Videogame Music at Leeds International Festival 2017 is a classical performance with a bit of a twist. It’s common for orchestral arrangements to feature in computer games. Or for concerts featuring versions of classic themes. But this will feature the world’s first live performance from games developed in the Yorkshire region.
The Leeds International Festival Orchestra will be performing music from local games including Sumo Digital’s new Snakes Pass, composed by legendary games musician David Wise, and Revolution Software’s Broken Sword, written by TV and film composer Barrington Pheloung, introduced by Revolution co-founder Charles Cecil. Plus exclusive music from Team 17’s new Yooka-Laylee, written by Grant Kirkhope, and a track from The Chinese Room’s Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, written by BAFTA award-winning composer Jessica Curry.
Plus there will be performances of music from iconic games such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout from Bethesda Softworks, all conducted by Ben Crick. The majority of the arrangements are by Andrew Skeet, who has written more than 60 TV scores, worked with Suede and UNKLE, and been part of Neil hannon’s The Divine Comedy for more than a decade. He’s also previously arranged the Greatest Video Game Music Volumes 1 and 2 for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
So if you fancy enjoying the sounds of video games in a live setting. Or convincing someone of the merits of gaming soundtracks (Just don’t tell them where the music is from until after they’ve admitted how good it is), then you need to keep the evening of Tuesday, 25th April, 2017 free. The Evening of Videogame Music at Leeds International Festival will start at 7.30pm at the Riley Smith Conference Room in the University of Leeds and tickets will cost £22 including booking fee from the Festival website.
And if you can’t make it, it’s worth checking out the Greatest Video Game Music albums. They make perfect soundtracks for doing homework or working – especially when you write about video games for a hobby or a living!