On 29 June 2012, composer James Hannigan talked to broadcaster Tommy Pearson in the Hall’s Elgar Room as part of a new Conversations with Screen Composers series presented by BAFTA and the Royal Albert Hall.

London-based composer and multi-BAFTA nominee Hannigan is one of a generation of composers who has helped music for video games earn credibility and maturity to rival film scores. He has composed for several major game series, including Harry PotterCommand and Conquer and The Lord of the Rings – as well as contributing to TV series such as BBC America’s _PrimevalVietnam in HD and others.

Speaking with Tommy Pearson in front of a sold-out audience, the composer spoke of the challenges in composing video game music, his experiences with the games he has composed for, and how the industry is evolving and developing.

There was also a live performance from soprano *Tamara Zivadinovic *of Hannigan’s Soviet March theme from Red Alert 3 and the operatic, Slavic-inspired Republic Theme.