Legendary film composer John Williams is to perform at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a special celebration of his career and contribution to cinema.
He will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in the centrepiece of a season which will see orchestral screenings of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars: A New Hope.
Williams has won 24 Grammys, seven BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and five Oscars across his 60-year career, and his work has become part of many film’s and franchise’s mythology.
At the special one-off concert in October, he will be reunited with the London Symphony Orchestra – who recorded his first six Star Wars scores, including the iconic Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977 – 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.
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.
“We’re also delighted to be able to present five of John’s classic films with their scores performed live and in full, showing the full range of his talent, from the iconic five-note motif of Close Encounters to the bombast and beauty of Star Wars.”