Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The last untold Beatles story

George Harrison: The Story of the Beatles and Indian Music

Join us as we celebrate George Harrison’s discovery of Indian music and explore the unique impact it had on The Beatles.

It introduces musicians that were part of a Beatles story that has never fully been told, recognising their contribution to 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, 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 Rayatt. Together they will be performing Beatles’ classics including 'Within You, Without You', 'Help', 'Norwegian Wood' along with songs from the Revolver and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band era.

This concert will have many surprises, including an instrument played on Sgt. Pepper, as well as rare images and new stories from the recording session, from George's encounter with Indian music and with Ravi Shankar. You will emerge with a whole new picture of the ‘quiet’ Beatle and understand just how significant Indian music was to George and how his experience infused the Beatles as a whole with new ideas and fresh inspiration.

Part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, this unique performance will introduce you to musicians that were part of a Beatles story that has never fully been told.

Introduction to George Harrison: The Story of the Beatles and Indian Music video
Amy Thompson videographer
Charlotte Sawyer & Chen-Yu Lin editor
Chen-Yu Lin executive producer

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