The event took place last Monday (1 August) at The Royal Albert Hall.
Entitled Gaming Prom – from 8-bit to infinity, the show saw the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Robert Ames, perform video game soundtracks including the music from Kingdom Hearts, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon and Final Fantasy. Featuring electronic additions to the orchestra’s usual instrumental line-up, the gaming-themed prom explored the musical history of games from the 1980s through to more recent releases. It also included a European premiere of a suite from 2021 game Battlefield 2042.
The BBC has now shared the entire 105-minute performance, which can be listened back to via BBC iPlayer. Alongside the stream, they said, “Nostalgia for millennials is guaranteed as the concert opens with two newly commissioned compositions that weave together 1980s and 1990s gaming music, from Chronos to Pokémon Red, as well as instantly recognisable digital sound effects.”
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