In June 2019, David raised $21.5m from the Christie's sale of more than 120 of his instruments and artefacts. He gave the proceeds to ClientEarth, a charity which uses the power of the law to protect the planet and its people.

"The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face," said David. "I hope that the sale of these guitars will help ClientEarth in their actions to use the law to bring about real change. We need a civilised world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond, in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung."

For more information on ClientEarth, their work and how you can help, please visit clientearth.org.



Friday 4th September 2020
Von Trapped Family Featherhood Live Stream



Here's the high quality version of last week's live stream to celebrate the publication day of Charlie Gilmour's Featherhood memoir.




Wednesday 26th August 2020
The Von Trapped Family are back!

Photo: Romany Gilmour.

To celebrate Thursday's publication of Charlie Gilmour's wonderful book, Featherhood, we're back with a special Von Trapped family live stream, at 7.00pm BST that evening, on Facebook. Join us for an evening of birds and words (and perhaps some songs too). As always, the live stream is free at https://www.facebook.com/davidgilmour but if you'd like to order a copy of Featherhood, click here.




Friday 21st August 2020

UPDATE – The cinema release of Delicate Sound of Thunder, scheduled for 15 October, has been cancelled.




Friday 3rd July 2020
'Yes, I Have Ghosts' – First New Music in Five Years



Yes, I Have Ghosts is the first new song from David Gilmour in five years and features the voice and harp playing of his daughter Romany. The inspiration for the track was Polly Samson's new novel A Theatre for Dreamers.

Of Yes, I Have Ghosts, David says "I was working on this song just as we went in to lockdown and had to cancel a session with backing singers but, as it turned out, the solution was right here and I couldn't be happier with the way Romany's voice blends with mine and her beautiful harp playing has been another revelation".

The song has previously only been available as part the ground-breaking audiobook for the novel. Polly Samson, who wrote the lyrics, says "Collaborating with David – as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums – we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don't think has been done before".

The Sunday Times bestseller A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson is out now and published by Bloomsbury.

A Theatre for Dreamers audiobook is available here.

Yes, I Have Ghosts by David Gilmour, featuring Romany Gilmour, is released today on SONY MUSIC. Click here to stream/download.




Friday 12th June 2020



The official David Gilmour YouTube Channel has just reached 500,000 subscribers! Thanks for all your support.




Wednesday 3rd June 2020

It is with great regret that the dates for A Theatre for Dreamers – An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour have been rescheduled to June 2021.

All tickets will be valid for the new shows, which have been previewed via The Von Trapped Family broadcasts on Polly's Facebook page. Any NEW purchases will receive a signed copy of the hardback version of the book by Polly Samson and a signed photo by Polly and David Gilmour on the night of the event. Please see Terms and Conditions.

A Theatre for Dreamers – An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour:

Friday 25th June 2021 – Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music

Saturday 26th June 2021 – Birmingham, Town Hall

Monday 28th June 2021 – London, Central Hall Westminster

For details on refunds, please click here.




Sunday 31st May 2020
Hay Festival Replay

A one-of-a-kind performance and Q&A took place at Hay Festival Digital last night with Polly Samson and David Gilmour. Thanks to everyone who tuned in; you can catch up here (requires a subscription).




Thursday 14th May 2020
Lockdown Culture with Mary Beard

Mary Beard's Lockdown Culture series continues tonight on BBC Two at 7.00pm and features the Von Trapped family.




Monday 11th May 2020
A Theatre for Dreamers – Von Trapped Family Live Stream #6



Here's the high quality version of Thursday night's live stream, in which David discussed his childhood friendship with Syd Barrett and played two of Syd's songs.




Thursday 7th May 2020



Rehearsals are underway for tonight's Von Trapped Family livestream (7.00pm BST / 2.00pm ET); join us at https://www.facebook.com/davidgilmour.




Wednesday 6th May 2020
Live At Pompeii concludes YouTube Festival on Friday


At 5.00pm BST (12.00pm EST) on Friday 8th May, a screening of critically acclaimed film David Gilmour Live At Pompeii will represent the last of Pink Floyd's four contributions to the @YouTube Film Festival, the preceding three of which have already garnered a total of more than 4.5 million views.

David's two spectacular solo shows at the legendary Pompeii Amphitheatre, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, took place on 7th & 8th July 2016, 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii.

The concerts were the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, which was built in 90 BC and entombed in ash when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. David Gilmour is the only performer to play to an audience in the arena since the time of the gladiators, almost 2,000 years ago.

The film was shot in hi-res 4K by director Gavin Elder and released in over 2,000 cinemas worldwide in 2017. The concert features songs from throughout David's career, including the title tracks of his two most recent No. 1 solo albums: Rattle That Lock; and On An Island; as well as Pink Floyd classics, and an extraordinary performance of The Great Gig In The Sky from The Dark Side of the Moon, which David rarely plays as a solo artist.

It will be available on the David Gilmour YouTube channel here.

#YouTube #StayHome #WithMe Film Festival




Tuesday 28th April 2020
A Theatre for Dreamers – Von Trapped Family Live Stream #4



Here's the high quality version of Thursday night's A Theatre for Dreamers live stream, which had the theme of cooperation.




Thursday 23rd April 2020
@YouTube Film Festival: Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii

At 5.00pm UK time (12.00pm EST) on Friday 24th April, Pink Floyd will once again participate in the @YouTube Film Festival with a screening of their much-loved and visionary live concert recording Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii. The concert film will appear as part of the @YouTube Film Festival for a period of 24 hours only.

1972 saw the release of Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii, a film of the band performing without an audience in the historic Roman amphitheatre of Pompeii, directed by Adrian Maben. The film which includes Echoes, Part 1, Echoes, Part 2, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun and One of These Days is taken from the 2016 version featured on The Early Years 1965-1972 box set. It will be running on Pink Floyd's YouTube channel here.

Next Friday (1st May) will feature Pink Floyd's KQED Concert filmed live in San Francisco in 1970.

#YouTube #StayHome #WithMe Film Festival




Saturday 18th April 2020
If It Be Your Will (Leonard Cohen Cover)



Romany and David Gilmour performing a cover of Leonard Cohen's If It Be Your Will. Recorded during the Von Trapped family live stream on Thursday 16th April 2020. Watch the full event on Polly Samson's YouTube channel here.




Friday 17th April 2020
Pink Floyd and David join the @YouTube Film Festival

YouTube are hosting a series of concerts as the @YouTube Film Festival, which runs from Friday 17th April to Sunday 17th May, and both David and Pink Floyd are to take part.

At 5.00pm today UK time (12.00pm EST), Pink Floyd will participate in the @YouTube Film Festival, starting with a screening of the 90-minute version of PULSE, the acclaimed live concert recording. Recorded live on 20 October 1994 at the now-demolished Earls Court arena in London, the ground-breaking concert was re-edited and upgraded from the original masters in 2019 for the Later Years box set release. It will be running on Pink Floyd's YouTube channel here.

Three more concerts will follow, including the Live At Pompeii film of David Gilmour's 2016 epic concert, making its appearance on David's own YouTube Channel at 5.00pm on Friday 8th May.

#YouTube #StayHome #WithMe Film Festival




Tuesday 14th April 2020
A Theatre for Dreamers – A Second Stream of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour

To celebrate her new novel A Theatre for Dreamers entering The Sunday Times' Bestsellers list at No. 2, Polly Samson and her 'Von Trapped Family' have hosted another live stream of words and music while under lockdown.



The live stream opened with a harp and guitar duet by Romany and David Gilmour which is part of a forthcoming new song written for and about the novel. This week's stream featured readings from the book, questions from the audience and fascinating insights into the island of Hydra in 1960 including photographs by James Burke of the first public performance by Leonard Cohen.

During research for the book, Polly discovered the song that Cohen would have been playing in those photos was probably Fingerprints, which he later recorded for the album Death of a Ladies' Man. David Gilmour performed an exclusive version of the song during the live stream and closed out the evening with Leonard Cohen's Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye.

The streams are adapted versions of the special events rescheduled for September where the audience will be transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It's a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.




Thursday 9th April 2020

Our Von Trapped family (as Polly Samson has christened us) is back for a second #ATheatreForDreamers live stream tonight at 8.30pm BST / 3.30pm ET.



Here's a little video of me rehearsing another Leonard song to play. We'll see you tonight via https://www.facebook.com/davidgilmour.




Sunday 5th April 2020
A Theatre for Dreamers – A Stream of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour

On the evening of Thursday 2nd April, Polly Samson and family celebrated the publication date of her new novel A Theatre for Dreamers with a live stream of words and music, which is now available on demand on David's official Facebook page here.

The live stream was a truncated version of the special events rescheduled for September, and featured Polly Samson in conversation, readings, and very special performances by David Gilmour of the Leonard Cohen classics Bird on the Wire and So Long, Marianne.

The audience was transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It's a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.




Thursday 2nd April 2020



A Theatre for Dreamers is out today. Due to the NHS clapping in the UK at 8.00pm tonight, the live streaming has been moved to 8.30pm BST / 3.30pm ET.




Wednesday 1st April 2020

Sadly our launch events for @PollySamson's new book #ATheatreForDreamers – out tomorrow – had to be postponed, so we're having a go at doing something live from home with the family on Facebook on release day. Join us at 8.00pm BST tomorrow (Thursday 2nd) at https://www.facebook.com/davidgilmour.




Friday 13th March 2020

It is with great regret that the dates for A Theatre for Dreamers – An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour have been postponed.

The dates have been rescheduled for September and all tickets are valid for the new shows.

Manchester RCNM – http://bit.ly/ATFDmcr
Wednesday 9th September

Birmingham Town Hall – http://bit.ly/ATFDbham
Thursday 10th September

Central Hall Westminster – http://bit.ly/ATFDlondon
Friday 11th September


Ticket holders will be sent their signed books and photos week commencing Monday 30th March.

A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS BY POLLY SAMSON IS PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 2ND APRIL BY BLOOMSBURY.

For details of refunds, please click here.




Wednesday 26th February 2020
David's Tribute to Peter Green

David with Mick Fleetwood. Photo: Polly Samson.

As previously announced, David performed last night as one of the special guests assembled by Mick Fleetwood to celebrate the life and music of Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green at The London Palladium. Although Peter Green's time with the band was to be short-lived, his songs and performances attracted much acclaim, and the regard in which they are still held was reflected in the musicians chosen to perform them.

A stellar lineup excelled themselves: John Mayall, Jonny Lang, Rick Vito, Billy Gibbons, Christine McVie, Steven Tyler, Kirk Hammett, Pete Townshend, and Noel Gallagher gave inspiring renditions of the mostly blues-based early Mac material, while Neil Finn was moving on the emotional Man Of The World.

Surprise appearance of the night was fourth original member Jeremy Spencer, appearing on stage with Mick Fleetwood for the first time in fifty years. His slide guitar and vocals, undiminished by time, elicited a great response from the crowd.

Another first was David Gilmour's rendition of Oh Well Part 2, apparently the only time it had ever been performed live by Fleetwood Mac. Backed by the house band of Mick Fleetwood, Andy Fairweather Low, Rick Vito, Dave Bronze and Ricky Peterson, David reproduced the reverberant guitar from the original for the first part of the tune. He then paid tribute in his own style, with a superb bluesy sequence of phrases, playing from the heart – a perfect summation of the spirit of the evening.

David returned on lap steel guitar, duetting with Rick Vito on slide for the penultimate song of the show, the instrumental Albatross. David's distinctive tone, with volume swells, carried the set to sublime heights before the final ensemble closing rendition of Shake Your Moneymaker, the Elmore James classic from the first Fleetwood Mac album.

The concert was designed by Mick Fleetwood to 'recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music' and it certainly achieved that goal. It was filmed and recorded for future release.




Tuesday 25th February 2020
Peter Green Tribute Concert: Rehearsals





Wednesday 12th February 2020
A Theatre for Dreamers – An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour



Monday 30th March – Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
Tuesday 31st March – Birmingham, Town Hall
Thursday 2nd April – London, Central Hall Westminster


Manchester – http://bit.ly/ATFDmcr
Birmingham – http://bit.ly/ATFDbham
London – http://bit.ly/ATFDlondon

Join Polly Samson and friends to launch her new novel A Theatre for Dreamers at an evening of words and music in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Each of these special events will feature Polly Samson in conversation with journalist Rosie Boycott, readings, film and live music, including a new song Yes, I Have Ghosts written by David Gilmour and Polly Samson.

The audience will be transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It's a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.

Ticket prices include a signed first edition of A Theatre for Dreamers and an exclusive portrait of Polly Samson and David Gilmour taken on Hydra and signed by them both.

'In A Theatre for Dreamers, Polly Samson goes to the Greek island of Hydra to imagine the first steps in the love affair between Leonard Cohen and his Marianne. As dreamily nostalgic as Cohen's song Famous Blue Raincoat' OBSERVER, Fiction to look out for in 2020

'It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air ... Superb work and a delightful novel' THOMAS KENEALLY

'Polly Samson has created such a dazzling evocation of an era and its mindset. Here, the island of Hydra is a geographical place but a psychological one too, populated by beautiful and damaged characters who pull you down into its pages for another café gossip, another moonlit swim, another drink. This book is a bohemian idyll meticulously drawn, and unsparingly exposed. It is like going away to paradise, then coming back rather wiser. You don't read this book – you live it' MARINA HYDE

A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS BY POLLY SAMSON IS PUBLISHED ON 2nd APRIL BY BLOOMSBURY CIRCUS. PRE-ORDER NOW FROM HTTPS://SMARTURL.IT/ATHEATREFORDREAMERS.

TICKETS ON SALE 10.00am FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY

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'A Theatre for Dreamers' is now available as an audiobook. Click here to order.



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