Liverpool Philharmonic Presents: George Harrison 'Within You Without You' The Story of The Beatles and Indian Music
* Concert recognises and acknowledges contribution of the four unnamed Indian musicians who played on George Harrison’s
landmark composition for the Sgt. Pepper album and impact of Indian music on The Beatles
* Two surviving Indian musicians from original Sgt Pepper recording set to perform in the concert alongside ensemble of other outstanding musicians
* Surviving Indian musicians tracked down by Dr. Mike Jones of the University of Liverpool and John Ball, renowned tabla and
* Concert marks part of Liverpool Philharmonic’s contribution to 50th anniversary of release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
This unique, biographical performance explores George Harrison’s discovery of Indian music and spiritual thought, the profound effect it had on him and the unique impact it had on The Beatles.
It introduces musicians that were part of a Beatles story that has never fully been told, aiming to recognise and
acknowledge their contribution in helping to create the iconic Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Those musicians are the late Anna Joshi and Amrit Gajjar (dilruba); and Sikh temple musician Buddhadev Kansara (tamboura) and Natwar Soni (tabla), the last two, surviving musicians who with their late colleagues, performed on George Harrison's landmark composition, ‘Within You, Without You’ on the Sgt. Pepper's album.
Both Kansara and Soni, now in their 80s, will perform in this concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, alongside a hand-picked Liverpool-based rock band led by Thomas McConnell, together with an ensemble of outstanding Indian classical music
exponents led by Jasdeep Singh Degun (sitar) with Kirpal Singh, Pirashanna Thevarajah and Gurdain
Together, they’ll perform Beatles’ classics including ‘Within You, Without You’, ‘Help’ and ‘Norwegian Wood’ along with
other songs from the Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band era.
With some surprises too, including an instrument played on Sgt. Pepper, rare images and new stories from the recording
session, from George's encounter with Indian music and with Ravi Shankar, this concert paints a whole new picture of the ‘quiet’ Beatle, the significance of Indian music to George and how his experience infused The Beatles with new ideas and fresh inspiration.
On researching the influence of Indian music on George Harrison and The Beatles, Dr Mike Jones from University of Liverpool’s Department of Music said:
‘My colleague and collaborator John Ball and I were approached by Utkarsha Joshi, son of the late Anna Joshi, who played dilruba for George Harrison on the ‘Within You Without You’ recording session for Sgt. Pepper at Abbey Road Studios in
‘We discussed that the four Indian musicians who played on George Harrison’s track, including his father, have been regarded as 'unknown musicians' for 50 years. The musicians in the concert will explore the influence of Indian classical music on The Beatles and, remarkably, will be joined by two musicians, Buddhadev Kansara and Natwar Soni now both in their 80s, who were
there 50 years ago today! It’s a one-off opportunity to recognise and celebrate their contribution to what is arguably the Beatles most famous album.’
NOTES TO EDITORS
Friday 9 June 7.30pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Box Office: 0151 709 3789
1967 saw some of the biggest cultural shifts of a generation, one of the defining moments in modern culture and creativity in which Liverpool played a big part in the outpouring of cultural energy and creativity. It was the year that Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released by four local lads, The Mersey Sound poetry anthology was published and the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral opened.
Liverpool Philharmonic is playing its part in celebrating that famous year as part of Liverpool’s 67-17: 50 Summers of Love, a season of events and performances inspired by the golden anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Also coming up…..
Three Liverpool Philharmonic Hall dates and UK tour in summer 2017 for
It Was 50 Years Ago Today - A Celebration of Sgt Pepper
and the Summer of Love
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles
Roger McGough presenter
Three Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Music Room dates for
Roger McGough and Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10
Further information, photos and media opportunities from Jayne Garrity, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Head of
Communications; Tel: 0151 210 3791 / 07967 364241 , email: firstname.lastname@example.org