Over the last 70 years, there has only been a handful of super heroines that have become international household names: for example, Superwoman (1943); Cat Woman (1940) and Wonder Woman (1941).
It would be over half-a-century before another iconic female character would join this illustrious and rarefied group: Lara Croft, who in 1996 took the world by storm in a new 3D action/adventure game called Tomb Raider.
But it was also the birth of what is considered by many to be the best theme ever written for a game; as famous in the game world as the James Bond theme is in the film world. Nothing captures the world of Lara Croft better than the beautiful and iconic music.
Written by the international games composer, Nathan McCree, (who scored the first three Tomb Raider games) it has been re-used, arranged and adapted in not only the subsequent games but also the feature films.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary in 2016 of the birth of Lara Croft and the world of Tomb Raider, Nathan McCree wrote The Tomb Raider Suite, a collection of his favourite tunes and cues from the first three games and orchestrated for the concert platform by Adam Langston.
After a sold-out live concert at the Eventim Apollo, London, in December, it is now time for the next step: the studio recording.
We aim to release The Tomb Raider Suite on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The recordings will be performed by the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has become Britain’s national orchestra, giving annual series of concerts at the Festival Hall, as well as regularly performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, giving performances ranging from large-scale choral and orchestral works to evenings of popular classics.
Some of the greatest conductors of the 20th century have led the orchestra, including André Previn, Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Charles Groves, Vernon Handley, Sir Charles Mackerras, Leopold Stokowski and Yehudi Menuhin.
Nathan McCree has been composing music for nearly 25 years and has over sixty published titles to his credit.
A member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), he began his professional music career writing tunes for the SEGA MegaDrive and Genesis consoles. He picked up his first SEGA Nomination Award for Best Computer Games Music in 1994 for Soulstar and in 1996 wrote the score for the original Tomb Raider.
Abbey Road Studios is probably the most renowned recording facility in the world. Frequented by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Badfinger, John Williams, James Horner and many others, the venue has been known as the center of innovative recording techniques starting in the sixties.
Some of it's most notable recording sessions were John Williams' Star Wars scores, as well as the full scores for the The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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