The Music of Zimmer vs Williams
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, London
Cast: Anthony Inglis and the London Concert Orchestra

Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Gladiator) and John Williams (the Star Wars series, Jaws) are responsible for many of the most memorable scores in the history of film.

Relive the magic and power of their best scores at this event, where selections from the scores are performed by the London Concert Orchestra and conductor Anthony Inglis and accompanied by a thrilling laser and firework show.

This event was a Christmas present from my husband a few years ago - yes, it really has been rescheduled that many times due to covid! John Williams and Hans Zimmer are two of the greatest composers of our time. In fact, Hans Zimmer happens to be my all-time favourite. So a celebration of two of the greats was always going to be something I enjoyed.

If, like me, you're desperate to find out which of their iconic soundtracks made it to the concert, look no further! Here's the set list, as it was played:
  • E.T
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Inception
  • Indiana Jones
  • Schindler's List
  • Batman Trilogy
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jurassic Park
  • Gladiator
  • Star Wars
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Man of Steel
  • Star Wars
  • Superman

As I've mentioned in one of my previous reviews, there really is something so magical about listening to music with a live orchestra. And from the second the show began with the soundtrack of E.T, I had goosebumps. The London Concert Orchestra are simply exceptional, and without a doubt you'll be blown away by the talent on stage.

What I love about the two composers, is that their music is so very different; but just as iconic. Williams is very animated, and almost romantic in his music. Whereas Zimmer is rhythmic, and almost one dimensional, in comparison to Williams. From the first few beats of Time (Inception), to the first few notes of the Imperial March (Star Wars); instantly recognisable and so very easy to get lost in the magic of music

I wasn't sure if there would be a host, but Anthony Inglis did it all (conducting, musical director, host and...Captain Jack Sparrow). I must give a mention to Anthony Inglis who carried the show for me. Not only did he introduce each soundtrack with vast knowledge and facts about the films they were involved in, but he was also very funny. I lost count of how many times I laughed throughout. And as much of the music is quite intense, it was some light-hearted relief throughout.

One thing I will point out - you best get yourselves comfy. While the show was advertised at 135 minutes (two hours with a fifteen minute interval), we were there just shy of three hours! However, the time did fly by and it was a really unique experience.

The reason this performance didn't receive five stars from me, is simply because I didn't feel there was quite enough Hans Zimmer. For example, they missed out some truly iconic pieces of music from Zimmer, such as The Lion King and The Holiday. As well as that, too much of John Williams' time was taken up by Star Wars music. I understand the franchise is hugely popular, and it's home to so many memorable pieces of music; but I felt as though the limelight could have been shared with a wider range of Williams' talent.

It's a truly fantastic night out, and memorable to say the least. Jurassic Park and Harry Potter were both standout moments for me; I think because they were both such a huge part of my childhood. Accompanying the music, there was lighting, fire, lasers, fireworks...and even a familiar face, or two. A wonderful evening, celebrating two incredible composers of our time.

The Music of Zimmer vs Williams has another two shows at The Royal Albert Hall on 3rd July 2022. You can book tickets, here.

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