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Hans Zimmer to be given special prize at Classical Brits

Story by Jack Foley

FILM composer Hans Zimmer is to be given the outstanding contribution to music award at this year’s Classic Brits.

The Oscar-winning German composer has scored the music for more than 100 films during a 30-year career that has seen him contribute memorable pieces to films as diverse as Gladiator, The Dark Knight Rises, Rain Man and The Pirates of the Caribbean series.

He won the Oscar in 1995 for best original score for Disney’s The Lion King.

Zimmer also lends his skills to the video game format, having contributed the main theme for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and TV, for the game show Going For Gold.

Commenting on the reasons behind choosing Zimmer for this year’s accolade, Dickon Stainer and Barry McCann, co-chairmen of the Classic Brit awards committee, praised the composer’s “outstanding talent”, saying: “Hans Zimmer’s recent work, including Inception, has been a dominant force for classical music specifically in the digital-download era.

“It is only appropriate that four years on from his 2009 win for soundtrack of the year for The Dark Knight he should receive the outstanding contribution to music at this year’s ceremony.”

Zimmer has most recently been working on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar, while his work can also be heard in Johnny Depp’s current blockbuster, The Lone Ranger.

That film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, recently paid tribute to Zimmer (a long-time collaborator) by saying: “He always comes up with something from a different angle. It can be authentic to the piece, he does an enormous amount of research of the period, and it’s a creative choice.”

The Classic Brits will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.