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31 May 2013, 11:00
The music of the Final Fantasy video games was given an enthusiastic response last night after the London Symphony Orchestra played a special concert at the Barbican.
A standing ovation and demanding two encores was the response of the costume-wearing crowd at last night's 'Final Symphony' concert by the London Symphony Orchestra. The concert was made up purely of music from the enduring Final Fantasy video game series.
Series composers Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamazu were both in attendance at the concert, and were on hand beforehand to sign autographs, drawing a huge crowd:
Responses to the concert on Twitter have been equally enthusiastic, with attendees praising the LSO's performance and relishing their chance to meet the two composers.
Principal flautist from the LSO Gareth Gareth Davies commented on Twitter: "Got to say I was astonished by the final fantasy audience. They were the most attentive I have ever played for. Fantastic!" Violinist Maxine Kwok-Adams was also among the autograph-hungry fans hoping to get their Final Fantasy memorabilia signed.
This is not the first time the music of the Final Fantasy games has graced the capital - last November's 20th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall sold out in approximately two hours.