Williams Wins Composer of the Year at the Classic BRIT Awards

John Williams picked up two Classic BRIT Awards in London on Tuesday, adding a best composer honour to the lifetime achievement prize which had been previously announced.

Among the highlights of the ceremony was a medley of Williams’ film scores performed by the London Chamber Orchestra, including passages from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T. and Indiana Jones.

Williams won the composer award for his work on War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin.

Alison Balsom was on hand to present the award in Williams’ absence. In a video message, Williams commented: “It’s especially gratifying to receive this award from the country of its [War Horse’s] origin.”

(Sources: Reuters, ClassicFM)