High Score with Jessica Curry returns to Classic FM on Saturday 3rd November.
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In its 25th birthday year, Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, broadcasted the first series on British radio dedicated to video game music (VGM). In April 2017, High Score was launched by the acclaimed BAFTA Award-winning composer Jessica Curry, and has returned for a successful second series in the meantime. The programme is now returning for a third series beginning on Saturday 3rd November.
The acclaimed BAFTA Award-winning composer Jessica Curry is back to present each hour-long programme of the new series, which will launch and finish with all-request shows, where Classic FM listeners will be in the driving seat to choose their favourite pieces of video game music.
The new commission follows the success of the first two series of the show, which has become the most popular programme on ‘Listen Again’ in Classic FM’s 25-year history.
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 is an internationally acclaimed BAFTA award-winning composer of contemporary classical music and co-founder of the renowned games company, The Chinese Room. She wrote the music for the 2015 game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and for the powerful, genre-defying Dear Esther. The latter was brought to life on stage at The Barbican last year in Dear Esther Live, where it was played in real-time alongside musicians and the BAFTA-nominated narrator Oliver Dimsdale. Following its sell-out London premiere, the live concert experience is about to embark on a twelve-date UK tour, starting at Glasgow Tramway on Friday 3rd November.
Jessica Curry said “I’m delighted to be back for a third series of High Score and I think that this is definitely the best one yet, especially because this series consists of 7 episodes not 6! The game music community is incredibly active and engaged so we have two listener request shows and we have a really fun episode called “The End of the World as We Know It” which tackles games’ obsession with the apocalypse. I’m going to be playing an incredibly wide range of music over the series and I think that there really is something for everyone, whether you’re an existing games music fan or not.”
In the third programme in Classic FM’s series celebrating music composed for video games, Jessica Curry takes us to The End of the World.
This is a theme that games do like no other. Space apocalypse, science apocalypse, magical apocalypse, nuclear apocalypse – it’s all been done, and it shows no sign of stopping. But don’t worry: you’ll be perfectly safe with music from The Last of Us, BioShock, Fallout 4 and Jessica’s own BAFTA-winning music for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
This week, BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry turns to musical depictions of utopia and dystopia within video games.
From happiness and positivity within Legend of Zelda and So Let Us Melt to the bleak and futuristic Remember Me, prepare for a range of experiences along with a game described by the studio as an ‘interactive parable’.
In the penultimate show of the series, Jessica Curry shines the spotlight on the best games music of 2018.
Compiled by Jessica with a little help from High Score listeners, the list includes The Banner Saga 3 by Austin Wintory, Detroit: Become Human by Philip Sheppard, Spiderman by John Paesano and 11-11: Memories Retold by Olivier Deriviere.
Jessica Curry presents the final show in the series celebrating video game music and once again she hands over the controls to the listeners in an all-requests special.
Featuring requests from recent and classic games, popular choices so far include The Elder Scrolls series, The Witcher 3 and Civilisation VI, but you’ll have to join Jessica to find out which selections she can squeeze into the hour!