Today, I would like to talk you about an amazing musical and visual experience I had the pleasure of experiencing a few days ago.
It is a show based on one of the most popular video games of all time which will transport you back to your childhood –or your children’s, maybe even your parent’s childhood-: “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses”.
The Legend of Zelda is a high-fantasy action-adventure video game series, created by Japanese designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, and primarily developed and published by Nintendo. The series blends swordfighting with puzzle-solving, horse-riding mask-collecting, milk drinking and a heavy dose of musicality.
Here are some photos of what the first generation of Zelda games looked like.
Released for the first time in 1986 in Japan, The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises. Launching the most recent game on 2015: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes.
To celebrate the 30th year of Zelda, Nintendo announced the Year of Zelda, a year of different activities, presentations and conferences around the world to make all of us remember Nintendo’s legends, and look to the future of the franchise.
One of the most unique of these activities is The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concerts, a global tour performing the songs from the series both old and new.
The concert series was produced by Jason Michael Paul Productions and Nintendo, and the music has been arranged by Chad Seiter. But none of this would have been possible without the original composer, Kōji Kondō, who has been working for Nintendo for more than 30 years and is popular for the creation of most of their soundtracks, including the Zelda series.
The tour visited London at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday 23rd of April, and of course, I had a ticket to attend to this truly unique experience.
The orchestra was made up of at least one hundred amazing musicians. From the French horn to the xylophone, the wind, percussion and string instruments showed their talent individually and as a team, performing the classics from each game’s soundtrack. At the back of the stage stood the choir who topped up the performance adding beautiful high notes and the powerful lows.
The visuals guide you through each story and world from The Legend of Zelda, detailing each story from the different games, However, anyone who has not played or completed the games should be cautious as there are plenty of spoilers. So please, make sure you have played the games before you go to see it!
The Symphony of the Goddesses will be on tour for the rest of 2016 in North America and Europe. Want to hear some for yourself? Here’s a little taste from the 25th anniversary by the London symphony orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_A97FjdAqY.
Words by Naomi Castello. Project Manager at 400