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Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone to perform at Blenheim Palace music event

Published 29/02/2016

Ennio Morricone with the award for best original score for The Hateful Eight at the Oscars in Los Angeles (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ennio Morricone with the award for best original score for The Hateful Eight at the Oscars in Los Angeles (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone is to perform his first UK show outside of London.

The 87-year-old Italian, who won the Oscar for best original score for his work on The Hateful Eight, is one of the headliners for this summer's Nocturne concert series at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

He joins Sir Elton John and The Corrs on the bill for the June music event.

Giving his Oscars acceptance speech in Italian, Morricone said: "Thank you to the Academy for this prestigious honour. My tribute goes to the other nominees, in particular to the esteemed John Williams. I want to thank Quentin Tarantino for having chosen me."

Morricone's most recognisable work is the theme for the 1966 Clint Eastwood classic The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

Speaking as the concert was announced, he said: "Performing my work live for people of so many different ages and cultural backgrounds is an incredibly gratifying experience. This year I celebrate my professional career of 60 years, during which I composed over 600 works.

"On this coming tour I will perform a whole new programme with new highlights, which I am already working on. Of course there will always be the classic pieces from the great Sergio Leone Westerns and The Mission.

"But overall, the experience will be different this time. I plan to include music from my collaboration with Quentin Tarantino as well as a few works from the Leone Westerns that I have not included on previous tours."

Morricone, who has sold more than 70 million albums, is widely regarded as one of the greatest, most prolific film composers of all time, having written hundreds of scores for cinema including The Mission, Cinema Paradiso and the classic Westerns The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West.

He performs on Thursday June 23, with The Corrs performing on Friday June 24 and Sir Elton and his band performing on Sunday June 26.

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