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Final Symphony II concert announced, debuts in London

New concert series debuts in London Barbican in September, with tickets on sale tomorrow.

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In the wake of the Final Symphony success at retail, Merregnon Studios has announced a new concert series, Final Symphony II, covering music from FFV, FFVIII and FFXIII, will debuts this autumn in London.

The first concert will be on September 12th, with veteran Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu in attendence, who'll also be giving a pre-show talk. The concert will be performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

The show will incorporate themes from the games as well as a new suite of music for FFXIII, arranged by original composer Masashi Hamauzu.

"It's wonderful that we're able to return to the Barbican with such an exciting new programme of music," said Final Symphony II producer, Thomas Böcker. "Performing the original Final Symphony with the LSO back in 2013 was a musical dream come true, and recording the album at Abbey Road Studios was the icing on the cake. The arrangers, Roger Wanamo and Jonne Valtonen - plus Masashi Hamauzu - have been working very hard on something extremely special and we think it's exactly what fans of Final Fantasy have been waiting for!"

"We're thrilled to be welcoming Final Fantasy fans back for Final Symphony II," said Gareth Davies, the LSO's Principal Flute, who'll also be joining Uematsu-san for the pre-concert talk. "Working on the concert and album for the first Final Symphony was a wonderful experience. The music is incredibly epic and fantastically arranged for the orchestra, and it's hugely exciting to be playing the music of Uematsu and Hamauzu again. We can't wait for fans to experience it."

Tickets will range from £30 to £65, with seats for a pre-concert talk with composer Nobuo Uematsu at £10. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, and can be booked from the official site.

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