The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, PlayStation and Classic FM have joined forces to present PlayStation in Concert, which is coming to the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 30 May 2018, at 7.30pm.
Featuring the music from games spanning Original PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and PS4, the 80-strong Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by the City of London Choir, complete with a spectacular light show. The programme includes music from The Last of Us, The Last Guardian, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, LittleBigPlanet and Horizon Zero Dawn, among others.
The show will be presented by Jessica Curry, one of the leading figures in computer game music today, as well as being the BAFTA award-winning composer of the soundtrack to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Jessica has also presented High Score on Classic FM – the first series on British radio dedicated to video game music.
The concert will also feature the first use of EnCue at the Royal Albert Hall – a real-time programme note app that delivers media and content to concertgoers’ smartphones as the music unfolds from the stage.
“PlayStation has been a force in the world of arts and entertainment for some of its fans’ entire lives. Many people today have grown up with the music video games, and have come to love the sound of the orchestra through playing, said James Williams, Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
“This truly 21st century concert, accompanied by the latest technology to enhance the concert experience, is a signpost for where orchestral music is expanding. It is fantastic that one of the world’s great orchestras will collaborate with other leaders in their fields to craft something very exciting for a new generation of concert goers.”
Classic FM is a constant backer of music in video games, so it’s fantastic to see an event such as this take place so close to home. We just hope someone at PlayStation records it, so those a little further afield can listen back on YouTube or Spotify.
Are you tempted to pay a visit to the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 30 May 2018?