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


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

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

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

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

“I found this journey deeply impactful, and it made me think: Why are we only doing a five-minute video? Why not create something different, something bigger?”

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

“An important theme in my conversations with astronauts is the sense of responsibility they feel to work closely with their teammates to stay safe and thrive in space – and I think the same principle applies to Earth,” Eshkeri added.

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

“I hope the show illustrates how collaboration and cooperation can help bring about positive change on our planet. Rather than being passengers, we need to behave more like crew members on Space Station Earth. .

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

The tour will continue until October 12, with dates in the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and France.


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