Legendary composer John Williams is set to mark his 60th year in Hollywood by conducting a live orchestra in London for the first time in over two decades.
The movie maestro, synonymous with some of the most memorable films ever made, is returning to perform in the UK for the first time in 22 years with a spectacular show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
As well as a performance by Williams himself, there will be presentations of five classic soundtracks as part of the Films in Concert season. Tracks from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1978), Home Alone (1990), Jurassic Park (1993), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) will all be played out with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) joining the conductor for his show.
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The presentation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be the first time ever the score has been played live in the UK.
Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “It is an extraordinary honour to welcome the legendary John Williams – the most celebrated, acclaimed and beloved film composer of all time – to take centre-stage in this year-long celebration of his work.
His music has been the soundtrack not just to our favourite films, but to our lives, and this rare performance with the London Symphony Orchestra promises to be one of those special nights in our history: a unique chance to see a genius in the flesh, presenting unforgettable highlights from his incomparable career.”
Williams has won 24 Grammys, seven BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and five Oscars across his glittering 60-year career, while his record of 51 Academy Award nominations is second only to Walt Disney himself. His classic scores, from collaborations with Steven Spielberg on 28 movies including Jaws (1975), E. T. – the Extra Terrestrial (1982) and Schindler’s List (1993), to films as diverse as Superman (1978) and Born on the Fouth of July (1989).
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the 86-year-old composer’s first performance with the LSO, which fittingly also took place at the Royal Albert Hall.
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