A week today, on the 26th of November 2018, Ennio Morricone will perform with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus at The O2 in London in what will be his final concert in this country before he retires at the grand old age of 90 years.
Speaking about the concert, which forms part of his 60 Years of World Music Tour – an anniversary celebration of the length of time that the legendary Italian has spent as a professional composer and conductor – Ennio Morricone says “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. 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.”
The man who has been responsible for composing more than 500 scores for cinema and television as well as over 100 absolute music works, including all of Sergio Leone’s films since A Fistful of Dollars, as well as the scores for Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, The Mission and, more recently, Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 Western, The Hateful Eight, will personally conduct this landmark concert.
Main photo courtesy of The O2 website, where full details of this concert and how to obtain the last few remaining tickets for it can be found.