In association with Sound UK
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. Tonight’s show will bring together gamers young and young at heart as it references classic console music from the past four decades.
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.
About Charles Hazlewood
Award-winning British conductor Charles Hazlewood occupies a unique position in the musical world. He is the Artistic Director of the British Paraorchestra, regularly conducts many of the world's greatest orchestras, and collaborates with a huge spectrum of fellow artists from Professor Green to Steve Reich to Nigel Kennedy to Goldie. His fresh performances of music cross genres, break new ground and excite audiences wherever he performs, but his goal is always the same: exposing the deep, always-modern joy of orchestral music.
About Army of Generals
Army of Generals is an electrifying ensemble of non-disabled orchestral musicians that has built an enthusiastic following. It is famed for its dynamic energy-fuelled performances, can scale up from a small ensemble to a large symphonic offering and always prides itself on passion and drama. Army of Generals have performed with Charles Hazlewood for many years, including work for television and film, and more recently in conjunction with The British Paraorchestra as part of Hazlewood's headlining performance at Glastonbury Festival 2016 performing the Philip Glass Heroes Symphony. In 2017, the ensemble's credentials were enhanced through crossover work into the pop/rock arena as they backed Father John Misty and The Unthanks on sell out tours of the UK festival and concert hall circuit.
About the British Paraorchestra
The British Paraorchestra is the world's first large-scale professional ensemble for disabled musicians, founded by conductor and (now) Paraorchestra and Friends Artistic Director, Charles Hazlewood, and television director, Claire Whalley in November 2011. Its mission is to perform phenomenal music that captivates any audience, driving classical music forward and proving beyond a doubt that disability is no barrier to talent. The British Paraorchestra is shifting perceptions of disability by creating a visible platform for gifted disabled musicians to perform and excel at the highest level in the mainstream of live performance.