Nostalgic, joyous encounters with classical ensembles are encouraged and Play!, a ‘Symphonic Rollercoaster Ride Through The Greatest Videogame Music’, aimed to deliver just that. Performed by the Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra at Glastonbury Festival 2017, Play! brought together many of the most memorable and iconic computer game themes from the last four decades.
The set list of game themes takes listeners from the golden age of 8-bit, ‘casiotone’ technology and the feted Commodore 64, through the age of the Amiga and on to today’s, high-powered console games, in full technicolour symphonic sound.
Incorporating Commodore 64’s Monty on the Run (1985) Sega’s theme for Sonic The Hedgehog (1993) and the cinematic soundtrack to the multi-console adventure, Assassin’s Creed Black Flag (2013), this project reflects Hazlewood’s belief that composers of games music, such as George Sanger and Nobuo Uematsu, are some of the great, classical composers and that the themes themselves are of vital, cultural importance.
An expanded version of Play! is available for concert halls in March/April 2018 and for music festivals in summer 2018.