Hans Zimmer took the time during his concert in London earlier this week to pay tribute to a Ukrainian pianist who went viral for playing the Creation theme in an air raid shelter.
Earlier this month, footage leaked online of a young pianist named Alex, saw the musician refusing to stop playing Zimmer’s theme song for the 2010 film, even after air raid sirens went off. began to sound in a metro station in Lviv, western Ukraine.
“When the bomb sirens started, the police asked everyone to move inside the station,” said photographer John Stanmeyer. wrote on Instagram alongside footage of the incident. “Alex wouldn’t stop, playing his piano louder against the air raid warning. Her friend joined in the most soothing pink nails. A simple, overwhelming one-minute passion against fear, against war…”
While performing in London at the O2 this week (March 23), Zimmer took the time to stream the clip on the big screen on location and also spoke directly to Alex via social media video.
“Hello Alex. This is Hans Zimmer and I’m just amazed by your interpretation of ‘Time’ in times of crisis,” he said in the video.
“I’m amazed at what you’ve done with the music. This boosts the morale of Ukrainians. [We] are on your side. We’ll be playing ‘Time’ for you tonight. We will always play ‘Time’ for you. We will always be here for you. Thank you.”
See the video, reposted by Alex, along with images from the London show, below.
Elsewhere at the London concert, Zimmer teamed up with the Odessa Opera Orchestra in Ukraine and opened the show with a moving tribute to his orchestra and to all Ukrainians who are suffering during the ongoing war in Ukraine. .
“When Covid prevented us from coming here 885 days ago, we booked our orchestra from Ukraine, from Odessa, and we only managed to get 10 people out… So just welcome them.. .”, he declared before introducing the orchestra, to a standing ovation.
Zimmer continued, “One of the things that I found remarkable about the people we brought back from Ukraine, who were left out of the orchestra, was a lot of women. They taught me who the real female wonders are and so I would like to celebrate them with this little song called Wonderwoman.”
Meanwhile, popular Ukrainian band Antytila have offered to perform remotely from Kyiv at next week’s ‘Concert For Ukraine’ in Birmingham, but have been told they can’t perform because the gig had to avoid any association with the military.
Announced last week, the two-hour benefit show will air March 29 on ITV in aid of the Disaster Emergency Committee‘s (DEC) Humanitarian Appeal for Ukraine.
Nile Rodgers and Chic, Manic Street Preachers, Tom Odell, Becky Hill and The Kingdom Choir have all been freshly announced for the show, which takes place at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham. Previously announced acts also include Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Emeli Sandé, Gregory Porter and Snow Patrol.