Skyrim Composer Warns Celebration Concert May Not Be What It Seems

by : Ewan Moore on : 03 Oct 2016 11:59

To celebrate the release of the remastered Skyrim, Bethesda Softworks is putting on a special orchestral concert dedicated to the music of The Elder Scrolls V.


Considering Skyrim boasts some of the finest compositions of the last 20 years (across games, film, and TV), the idea of seeing them played in concert sounds awesome.

However, it seems that fans keen on the idea of heading to the London show should be wary – Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule has come out to state that he does not condone this concert.

At least, it would appear that Soule has a problem with the way the concert is being marketed, as he claims the show won’t be using the original scores we know and love, and that the whole thing was put together without his knowledge or approval.


Writing on Facebook, Soule explained:

Skyrim took years for me to compose and it was constructed very carefully. Today, I’m seeing reports of a concert of “Skyrim”. This is the first I’ve heard of it. For the record, this concert has nothing to do with me, nor are they are using any of my original scores. They had to transcribe whatever notation they are performing by ear from the recordings. This is a flawed process as transcriptions are always fraught with errors. To be sure, I don’t know who these people are and I don’t endorse a concert that is trading on my name and music that has absolutely no oversight or involvement on my part. For my fans, I just want you to know what you’re getting if you pay to attend this concert. Be wary.


The music of Skyrim does legally belong to Bethesda, of course – but what really grinds Soule’s gears seems to be that fans are being sold an ‘authentic experience’ – which he believes is not the case.

Bethesda have yet to comment on Soule’s disapproval or claim that the original scores aren’t used.

All the same, you have to wonder – even if the scores were translated by ear and will be full of ‘technical errors’ – will they be noticeable by the average Joe, or is it the kind of thing only a seasoned composer can pick up on?

The concert will be coming to London Palladium on November 16 and is to be performed live by the Winterhold Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.  Tickets for the show will cost between £26.50 and £76.50, if you fancy it.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn't gotten out of his mid 00's emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.

Topics: Gaming


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