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Ennio Morricone to play last ever UK concert

The maestro will conduct his film music live in London for a final time this November!

Often hailed as the world’s greatest living film composer, Ennio Morricone is a man who makes masterpieces in music – and this is your chance to see him in concert before he retires! On 26 November 2018, he’ll conduct the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus at London’s O2.

Simply put, Morricone is a genius. Over a career that spans six decades, he’s composed more than 500 scores for cinema and television as well as more than 100 absolute music works.

Morricone’s performance in London is part of the 60 Years of Music world tour marking his anniversary as a professional composer and conductor, which has included more than 40 concerts played in 30 European cities, selling over 500,000 tickets.

“I have very fond memories of my tours to the UK. From my very first concert at the Barbican Centre to my shows at the beautiful Royal Albert Hall and recently the spectacular nights at the O2 Arena and the Blenheim Palace grounds,” said Morricone. “The English audience has always given me a very warm welcome and I felt strongly that I should play one last big concert in London before I retire at the end of this year.”

Morricone last played a show in London in February 2016. That was also the year he composed and recorded the score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, for which he received universal praise, along with his long-awaited Academy Award for Best Original Score, his sixth BAFTA Award for Best Film Music and his third Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

Born in Rome in 1928, Morricone has film credits too numerous to list. Highlights include the scores for The Battle of Algiers, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables, U-Turn and The Mission (below).

 
Morricone’s career in film started in 1961 with Il Federale directed by Luciano Salce, but he became famous worldwide with Sergio Leone’s westerns: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and A Fistful of Dynamite (1971).

In fact, the score for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly holds the No.2 position in the Top 200 ranking of best film soundtracks ever composed.

Don’t miss out on a night of exquisitely beautiful music you’ll never forget as well as the chance to be in the presence of artistic genius!

Tickets for Ennio Morricone’s 60 Years of Music show at The O2 go on general sale at 10:00 on Friday 23 March via Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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