The Royal Albert Hall has announced it will celebrate John Williams’ sixty years in movies with a special celebration in 2018, including Films in Concert presentations of five of his finest works, alongside a rare London performance from the maestro himself, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
As well as a special appearance by the composer himself (his first in the uk for 22 years), the programme of events will also include orchestral screenings of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – playing for the first time ever in the UK – Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars: A New Hope.
Other shows announced in the Hall’s 2018 Films in Concert programme include Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Beyond, with their Michael Giacchino scores, The English Patient – which features Gabriel Yared’s Oscar, BAFTA, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning music – and both Amadeus and Gladiator, which return after performances in 2016.
Talking about the news 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.”
Throughout his career, John Williams has won 24 Grammys, seven BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and five Oscars, while his record of 51 Academy Award nominations is second only to Walt Disney.
In a special one-off concert in October, the composer will be reunited with the London Symphony Orchestra to perform classic music from across his spectacular career. As well as celebrating his 60 years in Hollywood, the show will mark the 40th anniversary of his first public performance with the LSO, which also took place at the Royal Albert Hall.
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For more information about the concerts visit: https://www.royalalberthall.com/