Please note: this series has now closed.
World-renowned guitar master John Williams returns to the Playhouse for a new concert series featuring guitars and other plucked strings from around the globe.
Evening Standard on John Williams Series 2014
Ralph McTell & John Williams
Friday 5 June, 8.00pm
Performers: Ralph McTell and John Williams
One of the most iconic bards of Britain, McTell will be joined by John Williams, who will also play guitar solos.
Gary Ryan & John Williams
Saturday 6 June, 8.00pm
Performers: Gary Ryan and John Williams
Long-time Agustin Barrios champion John Williams will now open the programme. Williams is excited to welcome new guest Gary Ryan, the guitarist and composer, who will include some of his latest compositions including the amazing Benga Beat. Ryan will also play in Phillip Houghton’s The Light on the Edge for two guitars, digeridoo, harp, bass, and environmental sounds.
Tir Eolas, John Williams & Richard Harvey
Sunday 14 June, 7.00pm
Performers: Tir Eolas, John Williams and Richard Harvey
An evening of Celtic-inspired music with Tir Eolas, Williams, and BAFTA Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer, Richard Harvey.
Carlos Orozco & John Williams
Monday 15 June, 8.00pm
Performers: Carlos Orozco and John Williams
Venezuelan harp virtuoso Carlos ‘Metralleta’ Orozco and Williams share an evening of Venezuelan and Spanish music.
Robert Barto, Duo Sabil & John Williams
Saturday 20 June, 8.00pm
Performers: Robert Barto, Duo Sabil and John Williams
A rare London performance by baroque lutenist Robert Barto, playing music by Bach’s great contemporary, Sylvius Weiss. The second part will feature the Palestinian Duo Sabil (oud and percussion), with guest, John Williams.
Derek Gripper, Tunde Jegede & John Williams
Sunday 21 June, 7.00pm
Performers: Derek Gripper, Tunde Jegede and John Williams
South African guitarist Gripper and Nigerian kora and cello player Jegede will reinvent last year’s astonishing Playhouse concert of the Music of Mali, this time with Williams for a night of new arrangements of traditional kora music and improvisations.