Final Symphony II - Music from Final Fantasy V, VIII, IX and XIII
Mesmerising. Exciting. Out of this world.
Who’s on stage?
Our very own orchestra Royal Northern Sinfonia with special guests conductor Eckehard Stier and pianist Mischa Cheung. They blew us away last year with the first Final Symphony concert, we’re thrilled they’re back.
What they’re playing
The atmospheric, hypnotising soundtracks from Final Fantasy V, VIII, IX and XIII. It doesn’t matter if you’ve played all the games or not, it’s beautiful music and it’ll sound lush in our ace acoustics.
Need to know
Price: £17 – £43
Running time: 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval.
Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
What you'll hear
Jonne Valtonen In a Roundabout Way: Fanfare
Masashi Hamauzu FINAL FANTASY XIII: Utopia in the Sky
Nobuo Uematsu FINAL FANTASY IX: For the People of Gaia
Nobuo Uematsu FINAL FANTASY VIII: Mono no aware
Nobuo Uematsu FINAL FANTASY V: Library of Ancients
Who's playing it
Eckehard Stier conductor
Mischa Cheung piano
Royal Northern Sinfonia
What’s happening in the music?
Have you ever watched a film or played a video game without the music? It just feels wrong. Soundtracks are timed to perfection, second by second, to match the action, up the drama, bring out the emotions. It’s an incredible skill. The composers for Final Fantasy are the best in the business and their creations sound even better in the concert hall then they do on the game.
You’ll hear your favourite character themes, epic battle scenes and iconic moments from Final Fantasy games V, VIII, IX and XIII all woven together in new arrangements for orchestra and piano exclusively for this concert.
Take a listen
Self-taught composer Nobuo Uematsu kick-started the Final Fantasy sound world with the first soundtrack in 1989 and has worked on the series ever since. Hear what that’s like in this interview recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra.