Hans Zimmer paid tribute to the “real wonder women” in his orchestra who fled Ukraine and joined him on his return to the London stage on his tour.
he Oscar-nominated composer was joined by members of the Odessa Opera Orchestra for his show at the O2 Arena, where they received a standing ovation from the audience.
Half of the orchestra still remains in Ukraine, so the currently touring players will be joined by fellow musicians from across Europe who will temporarily fill in the gaps in the ensemble.
In front of the packed arena, Zimmer said: “London, we meet again. We were supposed to come here and do this 885 days ago, and a lot has happened in that time.
“Damn it, the world has changed in many ways. And one of the things that’s so important about the music and all the people up here is that we’re done with the social distancing, we all want to get together without getting sick.
“But when Covid prevented us from coming 885 days ago, we booked our orchestra from Ukraine, from Odessa, and we only managed to get ten people out.”
Introducing the theme from his score for the superhero film Wonder Woman, he added: “I don’t want this to be a concert about politics, I don’t want this to be a complete downer, I want this to be what Music is supposed to be, to bring us together, to let us celebrate something.
“One of the things I found remarkable about the people that we got out of Ukraine and the people that the orchestra left behind was that there were a lot of women, and I know that’s a really cheesy non.” – sequitur, but they taught me who the real wonder women are.
“Well, if you don’t mind, I’d like to celebrate her with a little song called Wonder Woman.”
During the three-hour show, Zimmer also treated fans to his music from films such as Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight, Interstellar and The Lion King, as well as a rousing finale to his scores from the James Bond films No Time To Die and the startling thriller Inception.
The musician, who has been nominated for 11 Oscars and won one, is widely credited with winning another Oscar on Sunday night for his soundtrack to the sci-fi blockbuster Dune, which also starred on the show.
His tour Hans Zimmer Live will continue in Europe until the end of April.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/hans-zimmer-pays-tribute-to-ukraine-musicians-during-london-stage-return-41477192.html Hans Zimmer pays tribute to Ukrainian musicians during return to the London stage