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Harry Potter Composer John Williams to Receive Classic Brit Award

By Staff Reporter on Aug 21, 2012 05:34 PM EDT

"Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" composer John Williams, 80, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at Classic Brit Awards 2012 in October.

The prolific film composer, who won Oscar five times, is set to be given the award on October 2 at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the annual awards ceremony.

"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 honor of his fine work," Dickon Stainer, co-chairman of the Classic Brit Awards committee, said in a joint statement.

During his career spanning more than six decades, Williams has composed many of the most recognizable film music, including Star Wars, the first three Harry Potter films, Jaws, Superman, Indiana Jones, E.T., Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, War Horse, Home Alone, Fiddler on the Roof, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and most recently War Horse.

The five-time Academy winner and four-time Golden Globe winner is currently composing for the upcoming film "Lincoln," which is set to be released in the U.S. later this year.

Hosted by Myleene Klass, the Classic Brit Awards 2012 event will feature Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli, Dutch violinist Andrew Rieu, and Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti.

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