This milestone year for the Tomb Raider franchise is almost at an end but there’s still one more major celebratory event for fans to look forward to: Tomb Raider: Live in Concert!
The concert, which will be held at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London on Sunday 18th December 2016, will see the world premiere of composer Nathan McCree’s new ‘Tomb Raider Suite’ and promises to be an evening of nostalgia for long-time fans of this iconic video game series.
McCree’s highly-anticipated ‘Tomb Raider Suite’ features reworked and extended versions of his most popular tracks from the first three Tomb Raider games and will be performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (conducted by Robert Ziegler).
The music will be accompanied by footage and images from the games and fans can expect some special guest appearances, a signing session, and a pre-concert event where Nathan McCree will talk about his work for the franchise.
What’s more, actress Shelley Blond (who voiced Lara Croft in the original 1996 game) will be the compère for the evening, making this an unmissable event for fans of the Core Design games.
Here’s the official press release from Eden Films and U-Live:
Twenty years ago, when the first Tomb Raider game was released and the world was introduced to its heroine, Lara Croft, few could have predicted its extraordinary impact and success. Tomb Raider games have now sold over 45m copies, making it one of the most successful gaming franchises in the world. Lara Croft is the most recognisable character in gaming, with Time Magazine naming her in their Top 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived, alongside Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet and Mr Spock. The game has spawned two major motion pictures, with a third in production.
To celebrate 20 years of the Tomb Raider franchise and the world famous Lara Croft, composer Nathan McCree, who wrote the music for the first Tomb Raider games, has created a 70-minute concert suite for full orchestra and chorus based on his original themes as well as extensions and variations of original tracks from the first three Tomb Raider titles. McCree’s Tomb Raider Theme has been re-used, arranged and adapted in many of the Tomb Raider incarnations, including the movies, and is as famous in the game world as the James Bond Theme in the movie world. Tomb Raider - Live In Concert gives fans the unique chance to hear McCree’s famous themes played by an orchestra live for the first time - and experience the excitement and power of full orchestral music live and loud!
McCree says: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the fans, as well as me, to hear the music as I had always intended it.”
On a giant screen above the orchestra, the original Tomb Raider games will be celebrated with incredible in-game footage and images; a fantastic opportunity to revisit some of the greatest scenes and adventures of Lara Croft and see the development of the character, stories and design behind the legend.
Tomb Raider - Live In Concert promises to be the Game Music event of the year: a unique musical and visual experience celebrating one of the greatest and most popular games ever created. No fan will want to miss it.
Preview tracks from Nathan McCree’s upcoming ‘Tomb Raider Suite’ can be found over on his Soundcloud page and a short interview with him can be found on the official Tomb Raider blog.
So if you happen to be in London on Sunday 18th December 2016 or have the option to travel there for the weekend, why not treat yourself to an evening of Crofty goodness?
Tickets can be purchased online via the Eventim Apollo website.
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