Ennio Morricone performs in London for audience including Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno

'My Life In Music' visited O2 Arena for sole UK date

Composer Ennio Morricone last night (February 5) brought a celebration of his 50 years in music to London’s O2 Arena.

Delayed due to ill health in 2014, the concert saw the 86-year-old Italian play a selection of tracks from his celebrated work for film scores, including some of the spaghetti western soundtracks with which he gained worldwide fame.

The audience, which included Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno, responded with multiple standing ovations. A noted fan of the composer, Pizzorno named his son Ennio in his honour.

Filling the role of conductor, Morricone bowed at the crowd but didn’t say a single word throughout. From his position at the front of the O2 stage, he commanded the 86-piece Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the 76-member Hungarian Kodaly Choir. For segments in which they performed tracks from the western classics, including ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ and ‘The Ecstasy Of Gold’, soprano Susanna Rigacci joined the ensemble.

Morricone’s tour continues to visit cities including Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Zurich, Stuttgart, Bratislava, Nice, Toulouse, Nantes, Lyon, Strassbourg, Lille, Luxembourg, Oberhausen, Hamburg and Frankfurt.

Ennio Morricone played:

‘The Untouchables’
‘Deborah’s Theme’
‘Poverty’
‘Once Upon A Time In America’
‘Legend of 1900’
‘H2S’
‘The Sicilian’
‘Clan Metti Una Sera A Cena’
‘Uno Che Grida Amore’
‘Come Maddalena’
‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’
‘Once Upon a Time In The West’
‘A Fistful Of Dynamite’
‘The Ecstasy Of Gold’
‘Chi Mai’
Cinema Paradiso’
‘Malena’
‘A Dulce Luminosa’
‘The Battle Of Algiers’
‘Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion’
‘Sostiene Pereira’
La Classe Operaia Va In Paradiso’
‘Casualties Of War’
Abolisson’
‘Gabriel’s Oboe’
‘Falls’
‘On Earth As It Is in Heaven’
‘Here’s to You’
‘The Ecstasy of Gold’
‘On Earth As It Is in Heaven’