The BBC Proms hold their first-ever musical video game performance

This year, The Proms will host the first-ever musical performance dedicated to video games in its program, titled From 8-Bit to Infinity.

With eight weeks of classical and orchestral music, The BBC Proms is one of the most famous and prestigious music festivals in the world. The long-running festival of shows brings together musicians and conductors from around the world to perform in over 70 shows over its duration.

This year will mark the first time that the show’s music calendar will make a place dedicated to video game music. Prom 21, held in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, is considered the first-ever Gaming Prom. Taking place on Monday August 1, it will feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by conductor Robert Ames performing a selection of pieces and video game clips.

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“Fantasy worlds, epic adventures, complex characters and huge moral choices – the video game universe is a natural match for orchestral music, and in the 21st century, games have created a huge and passionate global audience for some of the most lively, ambitious and inventive music currently written for a symphony orchestra,” reads the event description.

“In this first-ever Gaming Prom, Robert Ames – best known at the Proms for his explorations of science fiction and electroacoustic music – takes an electronically expansive Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on an odyssey of classic 1980s console titles, passing by Jessica Curry haunting soundscapes at the first European concert of Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sam Slater’s score music for Battlefield 2042.”

Curiously, the poorly received Battlefield 2042 soundtrack seems to have been chosen as the main modern aspect of the orchestral collection. The 14 minutes of Battlefield music will be accompanied by tracks from the soundtrack of Death Esther by Jessica Curry, Kingdom Hearts by Yoko Shimomura and Shadow of the Colossus by Kow Otani. The full schedule for the show has yet to be announced.

Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture composer Jessica Curry is no stranger to promoting video game music on the BBC. She previously hosted BBC Radio 3’s Sound of Gaming program which spotlights brilliant video game tracks and invites composers to discuss their thought processes and favorite tunes.

The BBC Proms will take place from Friday 15 July. The event will culminate with the famous Last Night of the Proms on Saturday, September 10. Tickets for the event are now available, with prices ranging from £14 to £62 depending on seating. .

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