An evening of culture in Hyrule.
GGUK were invited by Nintendo to attend The Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary symphony at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on the 25th October, 2011. The spectacular Zelda symphony was produced by Eiji Aonuma, who has had many momentous encounters with the Zelda series and music throughout his years since he participated in creating the first Zelda game, some thirteen years ago. Once he approached the stage, he was greeted by a rather excited and eager audience.
A brief presentation was given and he introduced classically trained musician Eimear Noone, who founded The Dublin City Orchestra. Once she had been introduced, a surprise appearance by Zelda Williams, daughter of movie Superstar Robin Williams. Dressed in a white dress and looking everything like the legendary princess, she admitted to feeling very nervous but was excited to be present in London and spoke about her love for the Zelda series and how she wanted to share that passion with all the Zelda fans. Her brief appearance was met with positive cheering from the crowd, along with some cheeky whistling and someone shouting out ‘you’re gorgeous‘ from the back of the theatre.
The nation’s favourite, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Capital Voices choir incorporated past and present music from the classic ‘The Legend of Zelda’ through to modern day tunes from ‘The Legend of Zelda:Skyward Sword’. The music was accompanied by a variety of game footage played on a giant screen, which was a true reminder of the Zelda series. The collection of music played, along with each scene from Zelda, captured the mood of the game and even brought a small tear to my face. It was deeply moving and touched the hearts for many people that evening.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played seven music themes in the first half of the evening, starting with the legendary Hyrule Castle theme, before pausing for a brief intermission and ending with The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Medley theme tune. During this time, I had the chance to look through the very special Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary symphony program guide.
This opened up to reveal everyone that had taken part in the symphony and a brief insight and introduction to all the music themes that would be playing during the evening and what format they first appeared on. It was very insightful and such a treasure to keep for Zelda fans. I will be placing my program in a frame as a reminder of what a spectacular evening I was having.
As the evening was drawing to a close, Koji Kondo took to the stage for a beautiful solo performance on a grand piano and kindly thanked everyone for their support of Zelda over the 25 years. An announcement was made that everyone that had pre-ordered The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword would also recieve a CD of the night’s performance.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Nintendo for a truly oustanding evening and a night that will be remembered forever.