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Conjuring up a magical performance

Sunday 3rd October, 2010 @ 8:04 am

by Edward Mills | tags: , ,

Award-winning British composer James Hannigan to perform the world premiere of the music for the video game Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 at St Mary's Church

GameCity, the World's best-loved videogames festival, today announced the details of the hugely anticipated James Hannigan concert and retrospective, part of the upcoming festival, GameCity5, running from October 26-30th. The concert will take place in St Mary's Church, on
Thursday 28th October, starting at 7:30pm. Bringing a musical note to GameCity5, World-renowned, award-winning composer James Hannigan will host an evening retrospective of his work at the 14th Century St Mary's Church in the heart of Nottingham's Lace Market, featuring the Pinewood Singers and conductor Allan Wilson.

During an insightful and incisive on-stage conversation with acclaimed Audio Consultant John Broomhall, Hannigan will be interspersing his answers with process demonstrations of how his work is created. The finale of the event will feature the World Premiere performance of extracts from Hannigan's newest score, EA's magical adventure Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – the videogame. EA UK PR Director Simon Smith-Wright said, "This isn't a concert of 'videogame' music, to call it that marginalises it. This is a concert of exceptional music and an insight into its creation, taking place in the extraordinary surroundings of a candle-lit 14th Century Church. EA are hugely proud of the work James has done with us over his career so far, and look forward to exploring and celebrating his work at GameCity."

GameCity Director Iain Simons said, "We're delighted to be able to welcome James to GameCity for this unique retrospective and performance event. One of the core missions of the festival is to celebrate and explore contemporary creativity, so to be able to look back over James' canon whilst also premiering his latest amazing work is a particular privilege."

James Hannigan is an award-winning composer who has written scores for many games, including Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 Commander's Challenge, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, and every entry into the Harry Potter videogames, beginning with Philosopher's Stone, up to Deathly Hallows and even including Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup.

Conductor Allan Wilson has worked on a number of videogame scores, including every entry from the Harry Potter series, among others.

To find out more about the GameCity 5 festival including the full festival programme and to get tickets go to Find out more about James Hannigan at

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