As of Saturday 22nd April, Jessica Curry will present the UK's first radio series dedicated to video game music, High Score. Saturdays, 9-10pm. Text 61812, tweet @ClassicFM or email using the forms below.
In its 25th birthday year, Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, is broadcasting the first series on British radio dedicated to video game music (VGM). High Score will be presented by the acclaimed BAFTA Award-winning composer Jessica Curry and each hour-long programme in the six-part series will focus on a different theme. The first show will be a BAFTA Game Awards special, as Jessica looks back at the event and plays some of the best scores from the winners and nominees.
Future themes include a programme celebrating female composers, performers and games characters; another on the music that has influenced Jessica as a gamer and a games composer; and a request show with every piece of music chosen by Classic FM’s listeners.
In 2012, VGM first entered the Classic FM Hall of Fame – the world’s biggest annual survey of classical music tastes – and, since then, the station has been a significant supporter of the genre. Classic FM plays a range of pieces such as Aerith’s Theme from Final Fantasy VII and has devoted entire programmes to VGM. It has also premiered several video game scores including Fantasia: Music Evolved and Abzû.
Jessica Curry said: “I’m delighted to be presenting Classic FM’s brand new series on video game music, High Score. I’m a passionate advocate of both classical and game music and there’s so much exciting crossover between these two worlds. There are now orchestral concerts of game music touring the finest concert halls across the globe and it’s wonderful that Classic FM is recognising the diversity and richness in the field with a dedicated show. There is so much fantastic music to share and discover and I’m really proud to join the Classic FM team.”
Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor said: “Over the last six years, together with Classic FM’s listeners, we’ve gone on a journey of discovery into the world of video game music. Since the genre was first championed in the 2012 Classic FM Hall of Fame, we’ve explored the wealth of scores from the VGM genre - and now, we’re pleased to commission the first series of its kind on UK radio. As a BAFTA-winning composer whose music is already enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, Jessica Curry is the perfect choice to present this show. Her ability to showcase VGM to our existing listeners and welcome its many fans to Classic FM for the first time is sure to make this a series our audience will love.”