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Friday 22nd May 2020: 8:00 PM - Doors open at 7:00 PM

SIX HANDS - JOHN WILLIAMS, JOHN ETHERIDGE, GARY RYAN

As part of our exciting and eclectic 2020 May series of concerts we are delighted to present an exceptional concert with three of the finest and acclaimed guitarist ‘Six Hands’ - John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan on Friday 22nd May at St Mary’s Church Rye, East Sussex.

We extend our gratitude to Barry Nealon for very kindly supporting this wonderful concert.

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.

There is no better setting than St Mary’s church in Rye which has wonderful architecture and superb acoustics to experience this unique and intimate performance.

Tickets will be in high demand and there is limited availability so we encourage you to book early!

Concert information:

  • Doors open 7.00pm
  • Concert 8.00pm
  • Ticket Price: £50
  • Booking fee applies
  • Wheel chair access (email info@ryejazz.com to arrange)
  • Fully licensed bar

Artist: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan

Listen to John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan

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.

John Williams reached millions of ears and even hit the charts when he played the main theme to the Oscar-winning 1978 film The Deer Hunter.
But by then, Williams was already a classical star on a major record label who’d toured the world many times over.

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.

Venue: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church

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St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our Rye headline concerts throughout the year and we are proud to have hosted artists including Jose Feliciano, Courtney Pine, Kandace Springs, Eric Bibb, Nigel Kennedy, KT Tunstall, Mica Paris, Kyle Eastwood and Joan Armatrading. We’re sure you’ll love the venue as much as our artist’s have loved performing here!

Situated in the heart of the citadel, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle and offers breathtaking views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower.

St Mary’s Church, Church Square
Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF

Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes. The church has no dedicated toilet facilities and we thank our friends at Kino Cinema (one minute walk) for allowing our concert attendees to use their facilities.

  • Fully licensed bar for pre-concert & interval drinks & snacks
  • Unreserved theatre style seating
  • Wheelchair access (please email info@ryejazz.com to book special access once you have booked your tickets)

We would like to thank the staff & volunteers at St Mary’s Church for their support and assistance at the concerts.

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