Legendary composer Ennio Morricone cancels concerts due to back problems

The 87-year-old has collapsed vertebrae in his spine

Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone has cancelled an upcoming concert series in Rome because of back problems.

Morricone was due to take to the stage with the Rome Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra and Choir on May 22, 23 and 24. However, doctors have now advised him to rest owing to collapsed vertebrae in his spine.

“I am very sorry, but these concerts will be rescheduled as soon as possible,” he said in a statement to fans.

Morricone’s press representative has reassured fans that the composer’s other upcoming European dates – which include an appearance at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on June 23 – will go ahead as planned.

The 87-year-old has suffered from back problems for several years and cancelled a series of North American tour dates in 2014 due to similar injuries.

Earlier this year he won his first ever competitive Oscar for scoring Quentin Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight. He had previously been nominated on five other occasions and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2007.

During a 70-year composing career he has scored more than 500 films and TV shows including the classic westerns Once Upon A Time In The West and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.