John Williams hospitalized – He will not conduct the concert at the Royal Albert Hall

UPDATE: 28/10/2018 – John Williams is doing well and will return to Los Angeles shortly (read news)


According to breaking news received from the Royal Albert Hall, John Williams has fallen ill on his arrival in London and has had to be hospitalized. According to official sources, his condition is not severe, but he will not be able to conduct the concert that was scheduled for this Friday, October 26th at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert will be celebrated, and instead, Dirk Brossé will be in charge of conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

Here you have the full official statement from the Royal Albert Hall:

“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”




We wish a quick and complete recovery to maestro John Williams!!