Monday 26 September 2016

Composer Hans Zimmer wins Hawking medal for Interstellar work

Published 17/06/2016 | 14:46

Hans Zimmer will collect an award at the Starmus Festival
Hans Zimmer will collect an award at the Starmus Festival

Composer Hans Zimmer is among the winners of the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication for his work on the film Interstellar.

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The German composer, whose scores include Gladiator, The Lion King and The Dark Knight trilogy, was personally selected by Professor Hawking for his outstanding contribution to the portrayal of science to the public for his work on the Matthew McConaughey film.

Hawking will hand him the first medal of arts "for the music to Interstellar, a science-fiction film with credible physics" at a ceremony at the Starmus Festival on June 29.

The documentary film, Particle Fever, about physicists at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, culminating in their discovery of the Higgs boson particle, wins the film award, while physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili will accept the science medal "for his treatment of complex physics concepts through science documentaries, most recently, The Secrets Of Quantum Physics".

Hawking will be honoured at the third Starmus Festival with a concert that features Queen's Brian May, Zimmer and soprano Sarah Brightman, who postponed her trip to become the first professional singer in space last year.

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, who famously recorded Sp ace Oddity on board the International Space Station, will perform the song live for the first time in a special tribute to David Bowie.

The Canadian will swap outer space for the terrestrial destination of Tenerife as he joins Rick Wakeman to reinterpret Bowie's hits.

Keynote speaker Brian Eno will throw a Star Party as well as talking on the topic, "At the Crossroads of Art and Science".

The science and music festival brings together the performers with 11 Nobel Prize laureates and famous scientists including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox and Richard Dawkins.

:: Starmus Festival will run from June 27 to July 2 on the Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Palma.

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