mod for Half Life 2) was a cult hit in 2009. In 2013 a re-make of the game, created in collaboration with video game developer Robert Briscoe, was given a wider release. Dear Esther was nominated in five different categories for the British Academy Video Games Awards. A show based on the game, with live music and voice-over, had its world premiere at the Barbican in 2016. After developing Dear Esther the studio created a number of further games including Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (survival horror) and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (metaphysical thriller). The Chinese Room is presently taking a break from studio work to gain the space and time to reflect on future artistic developments. Jessica Curry is a composer and co-founder of the gaming studio The Chinese Room. Her work has been performed in a wide range of venues including the Barbican, London, the Sydney Opera House, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Royal Opera House, Sage Gateshead and Durham Cathedral. In addition to composing the soundtrack for Dear Esther, she has also composed the soundtracks for the games Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Curry presents a programme about game music on ClassicFM. In 2016 her large-scale work The Durham Hymns, in collaboration with the British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, had its premiere in Durham Cathedral.