Guitarist joins RPO at theatre

John Williams
John Williams

Celebrated classical guitarist, John Williams, will perform at Royal & Derngate this Sunday.

Conductor Alexander Shelley will join Williams and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a programme of music comprising Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Elgar’s In The South, Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Stephen Goss’ Guitar Concerto.

Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is considered one of the pinnacles of Spanish music and one of the most popular guitar concertos in the world.

Elgar’s In The South was composed during a family holiday in Italy in the winter of 1903 to 1904.

Gershwin’s An American in Paris is a symphonic poem, written by the composer in 1928.

The show also features the new Guitar Concerto by Stephen Goss, a work premiered by the RPO at Royal & Derngate in 2012.

The concert starts at 7.30pm on Sunday, June 8. The audience is invited to attend a free pre-concert talk with John Williams and Alexander Shelley at 6.30pm, hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff.

Tickets for the concert cost from £14.50 to £32.50. Tickets for under-26s cost £11, with under 14s £5.

To book call 01604 624811 or visit

Children aged between two and 13 can join members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the day for a family workshop.

Workshops run from 11.30ap to 2.30 depending on age and cost £2.50.

For full workshop details and times, call the box office.