Hans Zimmer will take part in a rare ‘in conversation’ event at the Royal Albert Hall next week, sharing the secrets of his remarkable career in the latest instalment of a groundbreaking BAFTA series.
Zimmer, one of the most in-demand composers in Hollywood, will take to the stage of the Hall’s 150-capacity Elgar Room for an intimate chat about his 40-year career in films, from My Beautiful Laundrette and Rain Man to Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and his celebrated creative collaborations with Christopher Nolan on Interstellar, Dunkirk and the Dark Knight trilogy.
The event is the latest in BAFTA’s Conversations with Screen Composers series, which has brought many of the world’s finest writers of movie music to the Hall, including Clint Mansell, John Powell, James Horner, James Newton Howard and Michael Giacchino – who memorably deconstructed, and performed, ‘Married Life’ from Up to a rapt audience.
Mehdi Aoustin-Sellami, Head of Programming at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re ecstatic to be able to welcome one of the biggest and most influential names in cinema to the Hall for a rare and revealing chat about his musical inspirations, his creative process and his remarkable career.”
Renowned for his ability to integrate electronic music with traditional orchestral arrangements, Hans Zimmer is recognised as one of the world’s leading composers working in film, with a career spanning over 40 years and 200 films. Having started out in music as a member of The Buggles, known for their 1980 hit single, Video Killed the Radio Star, Zimmer’s first film compositions came in a longstanding collaboration with famed composer and mentor, Stanley Myers.
With Myers, Zimmer composed music for My Beautiful Laundrette and contributed to many others but it was on Barry Levinson’s Rain Man, in 1988, that he composed his breakout solo score. His score for Thelma and Louise got him his first BAFTA nomination and launched a lauded and ongoing collaboration with director, Ridley Scott.
He has also received critical acclaim for another long running collaboration with director, Christopher Nolan, for whom he has most recently composed the score for the BAFTA-nominated, Dunkirk. Other recent triumphs include Blade Runner 2049, 12 Years a Slave, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Man of Steel.
Several of his finest scores have been performed in the Hall’s popular, ongoing Films in Concert series, including Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar and Planet Earth II.
The event, on Wednesday 11 July at 7:30pm, is presented by BAFTA and the Royal Albert Hall, in association with PRS for Music, and will be hosted by Tommy Pearson.