PLAY! Charles Hazlewood with Army of Generals and the British Paraorchestra

Dust off your SNESs, N64s and boot up your Playstations as Charles Hazlewood takes us on a musical adventure into some of the gaming world’s most memorable soundtracks.

PLAY! is a symphonic roller-coaster ride of classic computer game themes alongside the orchestral works that paved the way. Taking Holst’s The Planets and Strauss’s iconic tone poems as a starting point, the programme takes in the high-octane pursuit of Grand Theft Auto, the legendary theme to Tetris, the cinematic soundtrack to Final Fantasy VIII and many more.

First performed to a rapt audience at Glastonbury Festival 2017, Play! is conducted by Hazlewood and performed by a forty-piece ensemble of musicians from the electrifying Army of Generals and members of the world’s only professional collective of disabled musicians, the British Paraorchestra. Also confirmed to appear as a special guest is BBC's All Together Now finalist Victoria Oruwari, who will provide vocals for 'Everybody's Gone To The Rapture' by Jessica Curry.

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Podcast: Ode to Joysticks - Episode 1

Take it up a level and explore video game music and its adventure from consoles to concert halls and beyond. Listen to a brief history of computer game composition with a professor, a doctor and one of the people behind the music on the Commodore 64.

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