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Kingdom Hearts music to appear at the Symphonic Fantasies concert in London, UK (October, 2016)

In a post made by the London Symphony Orchestra, and a quick post made by the official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page, they confirm that Kingdom Hearts music is set to appear at the Symphonic Fantasies concert, which is going to debut in the UK for the first time. The concert starts on October 6, 2016 from 8:00 PM GMT to 10:00 PM GMT in the Barbican Hall in London. Yoko Shimomura, composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, will be performing. You can read all the details below.


Music from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross:

JONNE VALTONEN - Fanfare Overture
YOKO SHIMOMURA - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy I: Kingdom Hearts
HIROKI KIKUTA - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy II: Secret of Mana
YASUNORI MITSUDA - ARR WANAMO - Fantasy III: Chrono Trigger / Chrono Cross
NOBUO UEMATSU - ARR VALTONEN - Fantasy IV: Final Fantasy

Eckehard Stier - conductor
Slava Sidorenko - piano
Rony Barrak - darbouka
Yoko Shimomura - composer
Hiroki Kikuta - composer
Yasunori Mitsuda - composer
Nobuo Uematsu - composer
Jonne Valtonen - arranger
Roger Wanamo - arranger
London Symphony - Orchestra
London Symphony - Chorus

Featuring symphonic arrangements from some of Square Enix’s most cherished role-playing franchises, including Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross, the critically acclaimed and officially licensed Symphonic Fantasies London is a tour de force of orchestral composition and performance. Conducted by Eckehard Stier, with arrangements by Merregnon Studios’ Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo, Symphonic Fantasies London is the ultimate concert experience for fans of Japanese RPGs.

Accompanying the London Symphony Orchestra on stage will be the London Symphony Chorus, along with talented soloists Slava Sidorenko and Rony Barrak. This will be the LSO’s seventh live video game concert performance, following sell-out Final Symphony II concerts earlier this year in both London and Japan, as well as recording the chart-topping Final Symphony album at Abbey Road Studios.

It has also been revealed on the event's Facebook page, that Yoko Shimomura will be having an event before the concert at 6:15 PM GMT. She will talk about her musical career (especially with Kingdom Hearts) and her influences with LSO Principal Flute Gareth Davies and answer questions from the audience. This event will be an additional £10 to concert ticket and will be an hour long. You can read the official paragraph below:

Also joining fans, as special guest for the night, is Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura, who’ll appear on stage for a special ticketed, pre-concert talk. Here she’ll talk about her long and highly successful career in video game music, as well as take questions from the audience in what will be an entertaining and informative evening.

Do those of you in the UK plan on going to this event? Would you attend if you could? Let us know in the comments!

;-; October...

Im so proud theres a  Finnish musician there as well *manly tears* Wish i could attend this thing ;__;

We'll probably have heard some of the new music in KH3 trailers by then.

"Final Symphony", "Symphonic Fantasies"? I see what they did there. X)



*is totally jealous*
Aw, I remember when they had the Symphonic Fantasies play where I live a few years ago. A friend, my family, and I went and it was awesome! The music was absolutely beautiful! <3 Even Uematsu was there, but of course there were so many people wanting to see him that we didn't get to meet him. I hope one day they'll return and play Kingdom Hearts music! They had Legend of Zelda here this year, so I hope that means Kingdom Hearts will be played some time. Mario too


Imma be proud.

thats too far away..... I NEED NOW!!!!

*is totally jealous*


If it makes you feel any better, I also bought tickets for the event to meet the Directors and producer Roy Conli about Big Hero 6. My cousin had a wedding at the very same day so I ultimately declined.


thats too far away..... I NEED NOW!!!!


You live in the United Kingdom? cause most of the tickets are nearly booked by now...

Wonder if they will perform a KH3 Dearly Beloved?

i want to go i love final fantasy and kingdom gearts music