In a post made by the London Symphony Orchestra, and a quick post made by the official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page, they confirm that Kingdom Hearts music is set to appear at the Symphonic Fantasies concert, which is going to debut in the UK for the first time. The concert starts on October 6, 2016 from 8:00 PM GMT to 10:00 PM GMT in the Barbican Hall in London. Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, will be performing. You can read all the details below.
SYMPHONIC FANTASIES LONDON
MUSIC FROM SQUARE ENIX®
Music from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross:
JONNE VALTONEN - Fanfare Overture
YOKO SHIMOMURA - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy I: Kingdom Hearts
HIROKI KIKUTA - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy II: Secret of Mana
YASUNORI MITSUDA - ARR WANAMO - Fantasy III: Chrono Trigger / Chrono Cross
NOBUO UEMATSU - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy IV: Final Fantasy
Eckehard Stier - conductor
Slava Sidorenko - piano
Rony Barrak - darbouka
Yoko Shimomura - composer
Hiroki Kikuta - composer
Yasunori Mitsuda - composer
Nobuo Uematsu - composer
Jonne Valtonen - arranger
Roger Wanamo - arranger
London Symphony - Orchestra
London Symphony - Chorus
Featuring symphonic arrangements from some of Square Enix’s most cherished role-playing franchises, including Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross, the critically acclaimed and officially licensed Symphonic Fantasies London is a tour de force of orchestral composition and performance. Conducted by Eckehard Stier, with arrangements by Merregnon Studios’ Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo, Symphonic Fantasies London is the ultimate concert experience for fans of Japanese RPGs.
Accompanying the London Symphony Orchestra on stage will be the London Symphony Chorus, along with talented soloists Slava Sidorenko and Rony Barrak. This will be the LSO’s seventh live video game concert performance, following sell-out Final Symphony II concerts earlier this year in both London and Japan, as well as recording the chart-topping Final Symphony album at Abbey Road Studios.
It has also been revealed on the event's Facebook page, that Yoko Shimomura will be having an event before the concert at 6:15 PM GMT. She will talk about her musical career (especially with Kingdom Hearts) and her influences with LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies and answer questions from the audience. This event will be an additional £10 to concert ticket and will be an hour long. You can read the official paragraph below:
Also joining fans, as special guest for the night, is Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura, who’ll appear on stage for a special ticketed, pre-concert talk. Here she’ll talk about her long and highly successful career in video game music, as well as take questions from the audience in what will be an entertaining and informative evening.
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