London Zelda Symphony Concert Review

Photograph taken by Kayleigh Powis

On the night of the 25th of October, London’s Hammersmith Apollo opened its doors to hundreds of Zelda fans for a night of celebrating Nintendo’s legendary adventure series through orchestral music.

The evening began with an introduction from Nintendo‘s producer Eiji Aonuma, who welcomed the attending fans to over 80 minutes of Zelda music. From here, the concert opened with Hyrule Castle Theme, a majestic and grand song that worked perfectly as an opener to what turned out to be a rather wonderful concert.

Zelda composer Koji Kondo made a surprise appearance at the end of the concert, and treated fans to a piano rendition of “Grandma’s Theme” from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Also on board was Robin William’s daughter Zelda Williams who introduced each of the songs in the set list. Whilst she was somewhat nervous at the beginning, Zelda Williams broke up the symphony nicely with brief song introductions, and even got a bit emotional when she talked about how much the games mean to her.

Each of the songs were worthy candidates into this two part symphony, but the renditions of “The Wind Waker Symphonic Movement“, “Great Fairy’s Fountain Theme“, “Gerudo Valley” and the “Twilight Princess Symphonic Movement” were by far the stand out tracks from the entire evening.

Photograph taken by Kayleigh Powis

The setlist consisted of:

Part 1

1. Hyrule Castle Theme

2. Princess Zelda’s Theme

3. The Wind Waker Symphonic Movement

4. Ocarina Melody Suite

5. Boss Battle Medley

6. Kakariko Village- Twilight Princess Theme

7. The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Medley

 

Part 2 

8. Ganondorf’s Theme

9. The Legend of Zelda: Selected Shorts Suite

10. Gerudo Valley

11. Hyrule Field from Ocarina of Time

12. Great Fairy’s Fountain Theme

13. Twilight Princess Symphonic Movement

14. The Legend of Zelda Main Theme Medley

The show concluded with a surprise track – the main theme from the new Zelda game, Skyward Sword, before ending with a rather lenghtly and impressive standing ovation from the audience. London’s night of The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert was perfectly performed, and the audience were constantly clapping, cheering and shouting out their appreciation at the end of each song. This was definitely a night for the fans, and with the Zelda World Tour looming for sometime in 2012, there is no doubt that myself, and many others, would be willing to go again.

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