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Carol Williams: Jazz Organ Classics

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Carol Williams makes a rousing debut on the Royal Festival Hall organ with music by Hendrix, Giles Swayne and Ethel Smith.

The former San Diego Civic Organist presents swinging, virtuosic hits by BB King and Jimmy Smith, demonstrating the organ’s game-changing role in the jazz repertoire.

The centrepiece is Giles Swayne’s Riff-Raff, described as a cross-over boogie-woogie tour-de-force combined with a Rossini crescendo – all inspired by African rhythms and modal harmonies.

Ethel Smith’s bravura Tico Tico from MGM’s iconic movie Bathing Beauty nestles alongside classics by Lonnie Smith and the premiere of Carol Williams’ own Jazzical London Suite.

Performers

Carol Williams organ

Repertoire

Brubeck: Take Five arr. Carol Williams for organ
BB King: Why I sing the blues; Never make a move too soon
Hendrix: House of the rising sun; Purple Haze
Giles Swayne: Riff-Raff
Interval
E. Smith: Tico Tico no fubá
J. Smith: Midnight Special; The Cat; Walk on the wild side
Dr. Lonnie Smith: Mellow Mood; Beehive
Carol Williams: Jazzical London Suite (World premiere)

Dates & times

20 Apr 2020
Approximate run time: 95 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£15
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£15

Multi-buy discount
Save money when you book two or more International Organ Series concerts. To receive your series discount, tickets to all the applicable concerts must be purchased in the same transaction – just add more events to your basket to get the discounts below. Book 2 events, save 10%. Book 3 or more events, save 20%. Not available on Premium seats.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing
Save money when you book two or more International Orchestra Series concerts. To receive your series discount, tickets to all the applicable concerts must be purchased in the same transaction – just add more events to your basket to get the discounts below.
Book 2 events, save 10%
Book 3 or more events, save 20%
Not available on Premium seats.

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. International concert organist Carol Williams and Southbank Centre Organ Curator William McVicker discuss her spectacular career in the United States and her former role as Civic Organist for the city of San Diego, California. Admission free.