Once upon a timpani in the west

Lock up your daughters and fasten your shutters: there's an ugly bunch of gringos rolling into town in October, but boy, can they hold a tune. Hailing from the Australian badlands, the Spaghetti Western Orchestra hit London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in October bringing a fistful of Ennio Morricone numbers with them.

OK, that's enough of the cowboy schtick. If you want to hear and witness the five-strong orchestra's energetic renditions of music and sound effects from the likes of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and A Few Dollars More played on instruments ranging from the traditional (trumpet, ukulele) to the inspired (cornflake packets, asthma inhaler), be sure to swagger down to the South Bank next month.

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Spaghetti Western Orchestra play at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on 7 and 8 October, www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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