John Williams has had to pull out of conducting concerts of his famous scores in London and Vienna due to illness. The 86-year-old composer had been due to appear with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall later this week on Friday.
But the venue said he had pulled out because of a “last-minute illness”. Composer Dirk Brossé will take over the concert for Williams absence, who will conduct Williams’ scores from soundtracks including Star Wars, Harry Potter, ET: The Extra Terrestrial and Jaws
Brossé work includes that of the BBC Mini Series Parade’s End, In My Father’s Garden, and the upcoming A War of Their Own. John Williams chose him as Principal Conductor of the Star Wars in Concert World Tour between 2009 and 2011.At this time there are no details about the composer’s illness. Though a statement from William’s manager states:
“John is so sorry that an illness prevents him from conducting Friday’s concert, and he’s grateful to his friend Maestro Dirk Brossé for taking the podium in his place. He so wishes he could be with everyone, and the knowledge that 5,000 of his friends will be joining together to celebrate his music is a great comfort to him as he recovers. He wishes everyone a very joyous evening of music.”
Williams was due to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the beginning of next month on November 3rd & 4th. Due to his recent illness, those concerts have also been cancelled.
May he have a speedy recovery.
Written by Connor Heggie