Guitarist John Williams to perform in Reading

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:00 14 May 2014

John Williams - photo by Kathy Panama

John Williams - photo by Kathy Panama


The most celebrated classical guitarist in the world to play at Hexagon on 6 June

John Williams will play Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, conjuring up the palatial gardens at Aranjuez, and the Guitar Concerto by Stephen Goss, a work championed by John Williams, and premièred by the RPO in 2012. Other pieces include Elgar’s energetic and colourful In the South, and Gershwin’s delightful and humorous work, An American in Paris.

Although Williams is best known as a classical guitarist, he has explored many different musical genres. He was a member of the fusion group Sky and at the invitation of producer Martin Lewis created a highly acclaimed classical-rock fusion duet with celebrated rock guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who on Townshend’s anthemic ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ for the 1979 Amnesty International benefit show The Secret Policeman’s Ball. The duet featured on the resulting album and the film version of the show, bringing Williams to the broader attention of the rock audience.

Tickets for this concert start at just £18. Concessions, U18s rate of only £5.25 a ticket, Classical Membership Scheme & Groups rate, only £11.20 and Family Tickets are all available. Or if you’ve never been to a Classical Music Alive concert, you can book a Test Drive ticket for a vastly reduced price. Contact the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 to book, or for more details.

There will be a FREE pre-concert talk at 6.15pm in The Hexagon Auditorium, presented by Peter Avis.

Full details of Classical Music Alive in Reading 2013-2014 are available online at or call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 for a free brochure.

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