I have to admit I was slightly sceptical about what to expect when my husband sent me a link back in September advertising the third instalment of the Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses concert series for one night only at Wembley Arena on the 17th March – but I agreed to go along.
The time whizzed by and before I knew it we were at Wembley Arena on the second row surrounded by thousands of people all wearing similar Zelda t-shirts. The venue was set out with seating across the arena flooring as well as the fixed stands to provide quite an intimate setting for such a big space. The stage spanned the width of the arena and had a large screen setup behind the orchestra.
The concert lasted about two hours and was spectacular with each new song causing cheers and whoops from the crowd. Fans were treated to staples including the theme music from “A Link Between Worlds”, theme music from the remake of “Majora’s Mask” as well as symphonies recounting storylines from “Ocarina of Time”, “Wind Waker”, “Twilight Princess” and “A Link to the Past”.
The screen at the back of the stage showed a mixture of cut scenes from all of the Zelda games as well as some gameplay, with the occasional shots of the orchestra spliced in for good measure. Fans were particularly enamoured with the short videos some of the lead designers of the Zelda series, Shigeru Miyamoto and Elji Aonuma, as well as the Zelda franchise composer Koji Kondo thanking the fans for all of their support throughout the growth and development of the iconic series.
I have never been to an event with such a great crowd atmosphere and am looking forward to going to some more game related orchestral events in the future.