Oscar winner confirmed for Blenheim Palace series

Ennio Morricone, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Score (The Hateful Eight) at last night’s Oscars, has joined the line-up at Blenheim Palace’s Nocturne summer concert series.

Morricone is the third confirmed headliner and will open the series on 23 June. The Corrs (24 June) and Sir Elton John (26 June) have also been confirmed, with a fourth and final headliner announcement expected soon.

Over the course of a 60-year career, Morricone has written more than 500 scores for films including The Mission, Cinema Paradiso and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. This is his first Oscar, though he has previously won a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award.

For his Nocturne concert, he will conduct a 200-strong orchestra and choir, drawing on music from throughout his illustrious career.

“Performing my work live for people of so many different ages and cultural backgrounds is an incredibly gratifying experience,” said Morricone. “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 program 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.”