Eight cellists from our Orchestra on Tour, the Philharmonia, just made Christmas 2016 very special.
An operatic concert based on hit fantasy TV show Game Of Thrones is to take place in February 2015 thanks to a New York-based company named One World Symphony.
The Game Of Thrones concert is one of the company's 'Operasodes' concerts, a term coined by artistic director and composer Sung Jin Hong to describe a concert based on a particular TV show.
Commenting on the choice of Game Of Thrones as a concert inspiration, Hong said: "The show has all the drama, intrigue, and passion that operas have been providing us for centuries: seduction, obsession, deception, political manoeuvring, romance, heartbreak, incest – to name a few."
The best classical covers of the Game Of Thrones theme
The programme for the concert is full of operatic greats and the occasional dip into GoT-style fantasy fiction:
Richard Wagner: excerpts from Der Ring des Nibelungen
Annie Lennox: "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings
Sergei Prokofiev: "Battle of the Ice" and "Field of the Dead" from Alexander Nevsky
Igor Stravinsky: from The Firebird
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: from The Maid of Orleans
Richard Strauss: excerpts from Elektra
Donizetti: excerpts from Lucrezia Borgia
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: excerpts from Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito
George Frideric Handel: excerpts from Rinaldo
Other episodes in the company's upcoming season to receive the classical treatment include Zooey Deschanel sitcom New Girl and the TV spin-off of The Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal.
Interestingly, the Hannibal concert will indeed be a specially-composed operatic show, and Hong also opined that the same treatment would work for Game Of Thrones, if only we knew the ending of the epic show. As yet, it remains solely the knowledge of GoT creator George R.R. Martin.