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John Williams and John Etheridge are two giants of the guitar, loved by audiences all over the world. Their influence has spread to multiple genres and musical traditions, and their artistry has inspired a legacy of new work.
Having played together for many years, the two have added the gifted classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan to their line-up for a colourful and varied programme of solos, duos and trios.
The programme will include works by Vivaldi, Houghton, Seckou Keita, El Hadj N’Diaye, Williams, Etheridge and Ryan.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, John Williams was taught the guitar by his father from the age of five, afterwards attending summer courses with Segovia at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and studying music at the Royal College of Music in London. He has toured across the globe since the late 1950s and collaborated with many musicians including Julian Bream, Itzak Perlman, Andre Previn, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and Daniel Barenboim.
John Etheridge has been at the centre of the UK jazz and progressive music scene for some 45 years, and is very well known for his eclecticism and wide range of musical associations across musical boundaries. In fact, this Catholic aproach is really the hallmark of his work, although he retains throughout a personal vision which he brings to all projects. He has collaborated with world-class musicians including jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and jazz fusion pioneers Soft Machine, Nigel Kennedy and Police guitarist Andy Summers.
The British guitarist Gary Ryan has performed to international critical acclaim for over twenty years, recently becoming the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in 2013 in recognition of his contribution to the instrument.