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28th September 2018

The 8-Bit Symphony concert will feature 100 epic minutes of lovingly orchestrated musical genius from the Commodore 64, the ZX Spectrum and the Amstrad CPC.


It will also include compositions from legendary Hull-born composer, Rob Hubbard, who pioneered the use of music in gaming and wrote for more than 75 games in the 1980s.

Mr Hubbard recently agreed to come out of retirement to compose the tune for GoGoDash, a new platform game created by Hull College which will be launched soon.

Hull College principal and CEO, Michelle Swithenbank, said: “As the only city centre college, we are uniquely placed to champion Hull’s talent and we are delighted to support this celebration of the ground-breaking work of Rob Hubbard.

“We hope this will inspire our learners to discover what they can do and encourage people to fulfil their potential by enrolling on one of our many courses available for everyone from teenagers to adult learners.

“Both the concert and the game promise to be a lot of fun and are an innovative way to showcase the opportunities we offer for people who are interested in working in the city’s growing digital sector.”

The college also pioneered the Platform Initiative, a regional programme to help young people start careers in the high-growth digital gaming and content creation industry.

The programme was backed by Hull College alumni Lindsay West, who co-founded virtual reality firm, ViSR VR.

Rob Hubbard’s orchestrations from International Karate, Monty on the Run, Monty on the Run High Score, Kentilla and Flash Gordon have been selected to be played in the concert.

There will be additional orchestrations by Gremlin’s Ben Daglish, Elite’s Mark Cooksey, Ocean/Interceptor alumnus Gari Biasillo, Cosmi’s Paul Norman, Tomb Raider’s Peter Connelly, Team 17’s Allister Brimble and veteran C64 remixer and impresario Chris Abbott.

The concert, which is also supported by C64Audio.com, a website dedicated to the music of the Commodore 64, will also be a reunion.

More than 100 veterans including musicians, graphic artists, programmers and software house bosses will attend, including Jon Hare, Tony Crowther, Andrew Hewson and more and there will be an opportunity for retrospectives, signings and interviews.

8-Bit Symphony was conceived by 8-Bit impresario, record label boss, publisher and music remixer Chris Abbott, and produced in conjunction with Hull College.

It will be performed by the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robin Tait, at Hull City Hall on Saturday, 15 June at 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Visit 8-bit-symphony.com for more information.