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John Williams to receive Lifetime Achievement award at Classic BRIT Awards

John Williams

Story by Jack Foley

FIVE time Oscar winner and legendary soundtrack composer John Williams is to be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at The Classic BRIT Awards 2012 with MasterCard.

Taking place on October 2, 2012 at the Royal Albert Hall the gala evening will feature a spectacular salute to the work of one of the most prolific and globally recognised composers of all time.

With work including Fiddler On The Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter and, most recently, War Horse, Williams’ place in music history is beyond doubt.

Widely considered the most respected composer of film music in modern history, Williams, now aged 80, has had a career spanning over six decades.

With his first album release in 1960 (music to accompany the motion picture Checkmate) the world famous composer has produced 130 studio albums, 49 compilation albums and 23 singles.

He has won numerous accolades including 5 Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards and 21 Grammys. With a total of 47 Academy Award nominations the composer is the second most nominated person ever, after Walt Disney.

As one of the most trusted hands in the film industry, John Williams became the composer of choice for Steven Spielberg, and has scored all but two of his movies.

Co-chairmen of The Classic BRIT Awards committee, Dickon Stainer, President of Decca Records and Barry McCann, Avie Records Director said: “For many, the first introduction to large-scale orchestral music was a cinematic experience. From the film scores of William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Erich Korngold and others to the modern day composer, their sheer emotive power has thrilled audiences for decades.

“John Williams has crafted some of the most memorable film scores for over half a century and we are delighted that he has kindly accepted the Lifetime Achievement award in honour of his fine work.”

The Classic BRIT Awards, now in it’s 13th year, broadened the event in 2011 to include musical theatre and film score composition.

The result was a show with performances by the cast of Les Misérables and the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey in tribute to John Barry, a combination that saw The Classic BRIT Awards double its viewing figures compared to the previous year, making it one of the most viewed shows in the history of the event.

This year’s event will be hosted by Myleene Klass for the fifth consecutive year and will be broadcast on ITV1 in October.

Also confirmed to join the event are Dutch violinist, conductor and composer André Rieu with the stunning Johann Strauss Orchestra, tenor Andrea Bocelli returning to The Classic BRIT Awards stage for the first time since 2008 and previous Classic BRIT Award winner (Young British Classical Performer 2008) British Violinist Nicola Benedetti.

The nominations for The Classic BRIT Awards 2012 will be announced on September 6 at London’s Savoy Hotel.

Tickets for the awards night are on sale now and are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office on 020 7589 8212. Prices range from £20 to £287.50 for a full dinner/show experience.

To find out more, visit the website.