Busy commuters had to look twice when crossing Abbey Road yesterday as a mob of familiar heroes and villains were let loose on the streets of London!
A hungry T-Rex, Superman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Darth Vader came to life at some of the city’s most iconic locations to celebrate the release of the marvellous new album John Williams –A Life in Music, released on Decca Records and Classic FM on the 4th May (International Star Wars Day). 2018 marks a major milestone for the Hollywood legend as he celebrates 60 years working in film.
Williams’ beloved scores have revolutionised the world of film, and now his characters are ready to break free of the screen to honour his achievements. The much-loved characters stormed Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Southbank and Kings Cross. They also descended upon Abbey Road Studio where many of Williams’ original compositions were recorded, imitating the infamous Beatles album cover much to the shock (and amusement) of tourists and locals alike.
The new album will include brand new recordings of iconic movie scores including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T. and many more, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, who recorded many of John Williams’ original soundtracks, and includes a world premiere recording of the Theme from Schindler’s Listfor cello.
Recorded at London’s Air Studios withthe 86-piece orchestra, this epic collection of music was conducted by Gavin Greenaway. The 10-track album features Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the premiere recording of the Theme from Schindler’s List in Williams’ official arrangement for cello (rather than solo violin). There are also familiar tunes from Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars – which were all first recorded by the LSO.
The LSO’s close connection with John Williams dates back for over 40 years, and the standard is there to be heard in these new recordings. From writing the world’s best-loved soundtracks – including Jaws, E.T. and the Home Alone films – to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, Williams truly is one of the greatest living composers.
In January, Williams broke his own Oscars record with more nominations than any other living person. Williams has also won 24 Grammys, seven BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and five Oscars, with numerous gold and platinum records.
2018 marks a major milestone for John Williams as the Hollywood legend celebrates 60 years working in film. Later this year, he will conduct the LSO in an extremely rare performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday 26 October, making it John Williams’s first performance in the UK for 20 years (since appearing at the Barbican Centre, where the LSO is resident).
Over the span of his extraordinary career, John Williams has graced the TV screens and touched the hearts of people across the world with his music, and this new album promises to be remembered for generations to come.