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Concert tour launched at the Royal Albert Hall inspired by Major Tim Peake

British astronaut Major Tim Peake was in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday to launch a new concert tour inspired by the astronauts’ experiences on the International Space Station.

Pace Station Earth features new music composed by Ilan Eshkeri, 45, and is performed against a backdrop of images of the International Space Station.

Major Peake, 50, was the first British astronaut in space and contacted Mr Eshkeri back in 2015 about a possible collaboration.

Rather than being passengers, we need to behave more like crew members on Space Station EarthIlan Eshkeri

“Tim contacted me to ask if he could use a piece of my music in a video he wanted to shoot on the space station, and this led to an invitation to visit him at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where he was training time,” said Mr. Eshkeri.

“I was deeply moved by this journey and it made me think: Why are we only doing a five-minute video? Why don’t we create something different, something bigger?”

Mr. Eshkeri is known for his film scores, including Still Alice and Stardust.

“A key theme of my conversations with astronauts is the sense of responsibility they feel in working closely with their crew members to remain safe and prosperous in space – and I think the same principle applies on Earth,” added Mr. Eshkeri.

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European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake (left) alongside composer Ilan Eshkeri on stage at the Royal Albert Hall (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“I hope the show shows how working together and working together can help bring about positive change on our planet. Instead of being passengers, we need to behave more like crew members on Space Station Earth.”

Mr Eshkeri also worked alongside other European Space Agency astronauts including Andreas Mogensen, Matthias Maurer, Jean-François Clervoy, Frank De Winne and Luca Parmitano, who will join him on stage throughout the tour.

The tour runs through October 12 with dates in the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and France.

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