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Video game music is taking center stage for the first time in tonight’s BBC Proms! Announced back in April of this year, it’s finally time for Prom 21: Gaming Prom – From 8-Bit to Infinity to showcase a collection of video game music at the Royal Albert Hall in central London.

As for what pieces made the cut (besides the European concert premiere of the Battlefield 2042 score), Nintendo fans will be pleased to know that The Legend of Zelda is getting its own 5-minute portion during the performance. Music from Pokémon will also be featured, but in a tribute piece featuring Ecco and the Secret of Mana. Here’s the planned set according to the BBC site:


  • Matt Rogers and Tim Follin
    • Loading Chronos (8 mins) BBC commission: world premiere
  • Koji Kondo
    • The Legend of Zelda (5 mins) arr. Nic Raine
    • Tribute to Pokémon, Ecco and Secret of Mana (10 mins) Original compositions by Junichi Masuda, Hiroki Kikuta, Spencer Nilsen, Attila Dobos, András Magyari, David Javelosa and Andy Armer
  • Nobuo Uematsu
    • Final Fantasy VIII: Liberi Fatali (5 mins) arr. Andrew Skeet
  • Kow Otani
    • Shadow of the Colossus – suite (8 mins) arr. Tomomichi Takeoka
  • Yoko Shimomura Hikaru Utada
    • Kingdom Hearts (4 mins) orch. Kaoru Wada
  • Austin Wintory
    • Excerpts from Traveller – A Journey Symphony (15 mins)
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sam Slater
    • Selections from Battlefield 2042 (14 mins) arr. Robert Ames; European premiere
  • Jessica Curry
    • Dear Esther/So Let Us Melt – I Have Begun My Ascent; The Leaving (5 mins) arr. Jim Fowler


This performance will be broadcasted on BBC Four this Friday, August 5th. It will also be available on BBC Sounds app for up to 30 days after the performance. As for an official online (and international) release… we might even see clips via the official BBC Music YouTube channel, as they’ve uploaded a highlight reel of the first week of this summer’s performances. More than likely though, an unofficial upload will be making the rounds on YouTube next week.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)