World of Warcraft, Resident Evil, Hitman and Super Mario are just some of the blockbuster video games which have made it to the big screen over the years. Tonight, experience the thrill of hearing your favourite video game soundtracks played live by Scotland’s National Orchestra. From Halo and Call of Duty, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, enjoy some of the most dramatic orchestral music of our time, performed by a world-class symphony orchestra in the stunning acoustic of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
SoloistsAndrea Delaney - Soprano RSNO Chorus Stephen Doughty - Director, RSNO Chorus
Conductor Eímear Noone
Eímear Noone is a Dublin based conductor and award-winning Irish composer, composing extensively for film and videogame. She is responsible for some of the most enduring soundscapes on World of Warcraft and other best-selling videogames. “The Irish Queen of Games Music” (The Irish Independent) is one of the world’s premier conductors of game scores.
In 2020, Eimear will become the first female conductor to perform at the Academy Award ceremony This season, she will also conduct many video game concerts worldwide as well as continue her work in film composition. Eimear will also continue to conduct the Base Hologram Maria Callas Tour, an event that brings the beloved opera legend Maria Callas back to the stage via hologram with a full live orchestra.
She has conducted orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Symphony
Through her music on World of WarCraft, Eímear’s music has reached over a 100 million people and continually inspired players to invent and build new worlds for nearly 15 years. The scores have achieved may accolades including Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Video Game Score.
From the greatest musical and storytelling traditions; Eímear Noone is a timeless artist and a woman of right now.
The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme Jӓrvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both attracted high critical acclaim.
In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many parts of the world, establishing an international status and touring to Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam and Prague. In 2018 it performed Britten’s War Requiem with the RSNO at the BBC Proms.
The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, it is one of the most successful choruses in the UK. In recent years, it has performed practically every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan.
RSNO Chorus Director Stephen Doughty
Stephen Doughty is Chorus Director of the RSNO Chorus and enjoys a varied career as a freelance musician. Commencing his appointment of the RSNO Chorus in September 2022, he previously spent 13 years as the Chorus Master of Belfast Philharmonic Choir who, in addition to their regular performances with the Ulster Orchestra, have given a number of world premieres. He particularly enjoys working with amateur singers and is Musical Director of Edinburgh Bach Choir (since 2017) and has been Musical Director of the Garleton Singers since 1994. Over the years he has also run several, highly-successful ‘come & sing’ events raising funds for a number of charities.
Stephen held the position of Director of Music of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh for 18 years, directing the 30-voice choir through the full range of sung services which also included large-scale, orchestrally-accompanied services during the Edinburgh Festival.
As a keyboard player, he plays harpsichord/organ continuo and orchestral piano with all the Scottish orchestras as well as the Ulster Orchestra and has given frequent organ recitals including several four-star recitals on the grand Mulholland Organ in the Ulster Hall, Belfast.
He has compiled a large portfolio of arrangements and orchestrations, particularly for young voices and has received commissions from Children’s Classic Concerts, Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Recent orchestrations include the premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Seek him that maketh the seven stars and a classical/folk crossover with award-winning band Dallahan marking the anniversary of the Battle of Loos. In addition, the BBC have commissioned a number of arrangements which have been performed at Proms in the Park and BBC Alba and his pieces feature on several recordings.
Finally, he is an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.