Prom 8: Celebrating John Williams

Thursday 20 July



The Proms celebrates legendary film composer John Williams's 85th birthday

Live at the BBC Proms from London’s Royal Albert Hall, the BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart, Jamal Aliyev (cello), Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet), Jess Gillam (alto sax), Haringey Vox and Islington Music Centre celebrate the music of legendary film composer John Williams.

Winner of five Academy Awards, 22 Grammy Awards and seven BAFTAs, John Williams is among the greatest of film composers. His scores for Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones films have made him a household name.

The BBC Proms celebrates his extraordinary achievements in a concert to mark Williams's 85th birthday. Keith Lockhart – a long-time colleague of Williams at the Boston Pops Orchestra – conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in an evening featuring excerpts from the composer's best-loved scores, as well as some lesser-known gems.

Overture to Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Raider's March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Main Theme from Jaws
March from Superman
Suite for Cello and Orchestra from Memoirs of a Geisha - Sayuri’s Theme
Viktor’s Tale from The Terminal
Dartmoor, 1912 from War Horse
Theme from J.F.K
Prayer for Peace from Munich
Dry Your Tears, Afrika from Amistad
Devil's Dance, from The Witches of Eastwick
Escapades (No. 3) for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from Catch Me if You Can
March of the Resistance from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rey's Theme from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Main Title from Star Wars: A New Hope
Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
A Child’s Tale: Suite from The BFG
Flying Theme from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

In the Interval…

Matthew Sweet and guests discuss John Williams's dazzling career in film music. Highlights of a discussion recorded earlier in the day at the Imperial College Union.

Presenter: Katie Derham
Producer: Neil Varley

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