Skyrim live in concert plus six other video game soundtracks we'd like to hear live
- Murray Robertson
- 7 November 2016
First ever concert to feature music from the Elder Scrolls series
For the first time ever, music from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be performed live at the London Palladium.
Based on Jeremy Soule's award-wining score and performed by the Winterhold Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Skyrim in Concert features music from the epic fantasy game which has gone on to sell over 20 million copies. The performance will also feature newly arranged suites of music from Morrowind and Oblivion (parts 3 and 4 of the series).
The concert follows a recent trend in live performances of video game soundtracks, including last year's Silent Hill Live UK tour and the recent performance of Dear Esther at the Barbican.
Here are six other video game soundtracks we reckon would be perfectly suited for live performance:
Metal Gear Solid
Another game series that's run to five instalments, MGS has almost 20 years of music in its repertoire, much of it from British composer Harry Gregson-Williams. The first entry is mainly electronic but later pieces folds in orchestral work. The theme tune to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is a wonderful homage to Bond themes, if Bond themes had lyrics like 'Some day you'll feed on a tree frog.'
Inspired by the music of 1980s sci-fi films Blade Runner and Dune, Jack Wall Sam Hulick blended 80s electronica with orchestral work for this galaxy-spanning trilogy.
Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar's ode to the Old West was composed by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson, who were inspired by the soundtrack to 1960s Westerns. It's a melancholy and achingly atmospheric work – you can practically hear the tumbleweed in among the strings.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Another soundtrack that riffs on Blade Runner. Just as the game features human beings augmented with robotic upgrades, Michael McCann's glorious music fuses dark electronica with acoustic work inspired by Ennio Morricone and Elliot Goldenthal.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Listen to the opening of Koji Kondo's delightful work and you're taken right back to your first outing in the land of Hyrule. There are a seemingly endless motifs representing the various characters you meet, and the music is further incorporated into the game as the player must learn to play tunes on the magical ocarina.
Skyrim in Concert, London Palladium, Wed 16 Nov, tickets on sale now.
Skyrim in Concert
The Winterhold Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir perform the award winning score by Jeremy Soule.