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Published 19th Mar 2018

Austin Wintory

A brand new strand to the world-renowned Animex festival at Teesside University will see video game soundtracks bought to life in a full orchestral concert.

Performed by the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Animex LIVE will feature a range of music conducted by renowned video game composer Austin Wintory.

Animex LIVE will be one of the first events staged at the newly refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall, which has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment. Taking place on 14 May, the hugely anticipated concert is the newest edition to Teesside University’s annual Animex Festival, the international festival of animation and computer games.

The festival, which takes place over five days from 14 to 18 May, attracts hundreds of people from across the globe and is the largest festival of its kind in the UK. It draws some of the games and animation industries’ brightest and future stars together to share their knowledge with the next generation.

Nominated for a Grammy for his score soundtrack to the critically acclaimed PlayStation game Journey, Austin has worked on a number of major games such as Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, The Banner Saga trilogy and Abzû.

Based in America, Austin first spoke at Animex in 2013 and has since returned to Teesside several times.

He said: “Animex is my favourite festival of its kind in the world. I’m better at what I do simply for being around these people.”

Satish Shewhorak, Senior Lecturer in Games and Animation at Teesside University, has organised Animex Game this year. Satish said: “I've been trying to organise this for five years so I’m so excited Austin and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra are making this happen this year.

“Austin is one of the video game industry’s most beloved and acclaimed composers so I'm sure the public and Animex attendees will be thrilled and moved by the performance."

Animex LIVE is open to everybody and tickets can be purchased at the Middlesbrough Town Hall box office or online. Tickets are £10 for Animex ticketholders, £15 general admission or £25 for VIP seating and limited prints.



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