John Williams Cancels London and Vienna Appearances

“Many of the LSO’s players will miss being conducted by John Williams on Friday, as a number of them have had the privilege of working with this musical genius over the years. But we’ve been told that our audience can expect something very special on Friday to honour the Maestro, so we can’t wait!” – Full article

Official statement from the Royal Albert Hall:

A Celebration of John Williams in Concert – Friday 26 October 2018

Unfortunately, owing to a last-minute illness, John Williams greatly regrets that he is no longer able to conduct this concert with the London Symphony Orchestra.

John travelled to London but was taken ill and is in hospital, where he is receiving very good care. It is his wish that the performance should go ahead, and his colleague and dear friend Maestro Dirk Brossé has kindly agreed to conduct the LSO for this very special event.

Mr. Williams’ management said:

“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.”

Brossé is Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and John Williams chose him as Principal Conductor of the Star Wars in Concert World Tour.

The Royal Albert Hall, London Symphony Orchestra and Dirk Brossé wish Maestro Williams well for a speedy recovery.

We do hope that you will enjoy this very special evening. If you have any questions please contact the box office on 020 7589 8212 with the name and order number attached to your booking.

If you have booked Hospitality tickets we will contact you directly.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Albert Hall on Friday.

Yours faithfully,

Royal Albert Hall



Statement from the Vienna Philharmonic:

American composer and conductor John Williams (86) has cancelled his concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic scheduled for November 3 and 4 due to health reasons. The concerts will be cancelled without replacement and the ticket price will be refunded. This was announced by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna on Wednesday.