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LSO Visual Identity and Concept The Partners Feature Artwork Tobias Gremmler Feature Photography Ranald Mackechnie Motion Capture University of Portsmouth, Vicon Motion Systems Ltd The feature artwork in this guide has the LSO’s music directly embedded within it. Sir Simon Rattle was filmed conducting excerpts from Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, ‘Enigma’ using motion-capture technology in June 2016. The data from this capture has been artistically developed into an animated short film, the stills from which make up the feature artwork in this guide. You can watch the film and find out more at alwaysmoving.lso.co.uk Other Photographs Chris Dunlop, Igor Emmerich, Simon Fowler, Lars Gundersen, Kevin Leighton, Jean-Baptiste Millot, Jan Northoff, Jim Rakete, Bill Robinson

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4 Welcome from Sir Simon Rattle 6 The London Symphony Orchestra 10 Create Your Season 14 Thank You for Your Support OSTERIA BY SEARCYS 16 This is Rattle BONFIRE LONDON 18 Bernstein Centenary Level 2, Barbican 20Centre Debussy Anniversary Level 1, Barbican Centre 020 7588 3008 22 New Music Britain 020 7588 3008 osterialondon.co.uk 24 Choral Masterworks bonfirelondon.co.uk 26 Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphonies Italian cooking 28 in theLSO bistronomy Discovery Juicy burgers, rotisserie chicken and style by chef Anthony 30 Working Demetre. in Partnership milkshakes in a relaxed atmosphere 31 Concert Listings overlooking the lake. 42 Booking Information 43 Find Us

BARBICAN KITCHEN Level G, Barbican Centre No reservation required barbican.org.uk/food Offering hot dishes and salads from a counter-top service as well as sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees.

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‘This is music, this is what we believe. Music is for everybody, music is a right. It’s the air we breathe, the water we drink.’

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From the LSO’s Music Director The London Symphony Orchestra has an extraordinary 113-year history, and whilst it builds on its great heritage and history, at its core is an Orchestra that is always looking forwards. It’s an Orchestra that simply will not accept that there is a ceiling to what it can do, or that there is a limit to the level of excellence it can achieve, or the amount to which the Orchestra can become bonded with its community. The musicians of the LSO made it clear from the start that they wanted to explore more together. They want to play ‘earlier’ music as well as music written yesterday; they want to work across the arts; they want to tackle the incredible masterpieces that were written after World War II, and they want to build on their wish to bring music to everybody. It makes this the most exciting job in classical music today and I feel completely privileged to be with the LSO. The concert year ahead offers just a glimmer of things to come, both on and off the concert platform, and nowhere more so than in the opening two weeks of the 2017/18 season. Alongside the concerts I’ll conduct in the Barbican Hall with the Orchestra, there will be an opportunity to watch the LSO live from the Barbican Sculpture Court and listen

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on headphones to a broadcast of the performance from inside; BBC Radio 3 will be in residence broadcasting three concerts from the Barbican and four chamber concerts from LSO St Luke’s to commemorate a new chapter in the Orchestra’s history; people at home will be able to watch or listen in the comfort of their living rooms, whilst people across this unique Square Mile of London and beyond will have the opportunity to interact with and join in several events. The concerts performed by the LSO this year will explore new avenues, looking back to some of the towering figures of the last century, and looking forward with some of the leading British composers working today. Alongside the wonderful family of artists and conductors that the Orchestra holds dear, we all hope that we can strive towards an excellence for everyone to enjoy and build on for years to come. I hope you will join us throughout the 2017/18 season, and that through the LSO’s music, you might be inspired to make some of your own.

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The London Symphony Orchestra aims to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people – this is at the heart of everything we do. The LSO’s commitment to serve music and the people who love music remains as strong today as it was in 1904, when the Orchestra was formed by a group of London’s finest musicians. We are a self-governing musical collective built on artistic ownership and partnership, which allows us to maintain our professional ambitions and keep music-making at the forefront of everything we do. The LSO is said to have a signature sound emanating from the combined virtuosity of its 95 brilliant musicians, who come from all over the world. RESIDENT AT THE BARBICAN, TOURING AROUND THE GLOBE The LSO has been the Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in the City of London since it opened in 1982. Giving 70 symphonic concerts there every year, and a further 70 on tour around the world, the LSO also annually programmes 25 concerts at LSO St Luke’s (the Orchestra’s own venue), and 950 workshops and 150 concerts through its community and education programme, LSO Discovery. We are a champion of new music andregularly commission some of the foremost British composers to write significant new works for the full orchestra as well as mixed-ability ensembles.

OUR NEW FAMILY OF ARTISTS & OUR MEMBERS The LSO has developed a close family of artists including Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Daniel Harding and Gianandrea Noseda as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate, and André Previn as Conductor Emeritus. We also have long-standing relationships with some of the world’s greatest guest conductors and soloists. Many LSO Members enjoy flourishing solo and chamber music careers and teach at conservatoires in London and abroad, sharing their extensive knowledge with the musicians of the future.

Eve-Marie Caravassilis (cello) & Matthew Gardner (violin)

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OUR CO-OPERATIVE SPIRIT

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY

Many millions have enjoyed the LSO as a leading orchestra for film, having performed on (and been specifically chosen for) hundreds of classic scores including Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. LSO Discovery brings the work of the LSO to all parts of society, and every year we give a free outdoor concert in London’s Trafalgar Square. These activities reflect our co-operative spirit and ongoing commitment to making music as accessible as possible to the greatest number of people.

LSO Discovery was founded in 1990 and remains a pioneering programme for music education in the UK. Since 2003 much of its activity has been based at LSO St Luke’s, following extensive restoration to the once-abandoned church. The building now acts as home to a wide range of education and music engagement projects, and as a venue for concerts designed for the local community, encouraging many to take their first steps towards enjoying classical music. And because much of LSO Discovery’s work is captured and shared digitally, enthusiasts, pupils and teachers from around the world can benefit from these activities wherever their physical location. Committed to nurturing the next generation of musical talent, LSO Discovery also provides extensive support and training for emerging young instrumentalists, composers and conductors. A 21st CENTURY ENTREPRENEUR The LSO has a proud history of innovation that helps to keep it relevant and contemporary. With the formation of our own recording label LSO Live in 1999, we brought about a revolution in how live orchestral music was recorded. LSO Live embraces new digital technologies, taking advantage of digital platforms such as iTunes and Google Play right through to virtual reality streaming on Melody VR. Our own platform, LSO Play, also allows people to observe the Orchestra from many different angles and experience every gesture and emotion on the musicians’ faces as they perform.

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A GREAT MUSICAL FUTURE We are determined to ensure the future of great music in London and throughout the world, and are proud to be part of a cultural hub in the City of London alongside the Barbican Centre, the Museum of London and the Guildhall School. Our Barbican Residency is funded by the City of London Corporation and the LSO is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. The Orchestra enjoys major artistic residencies throughout the world – in New York, Paris and Tokyo – plus growing relationships elsewhere in Asia, principally China and South Korea, where our expertise in education work is key. The Orchestra relies on all of these strategic partnerships, plus our generous funders, the enlightened support of our donors, sponsors, and trust and foundation supporters, to enable us to continue delivering a uniquely dynamic range of work.

Rachel Gough (Principal Bassoon) & David Jackson (percussion)

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CREATE YOUR

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The LSO presents the highest quality concerts and wants everyone to be able to experience the Orchestra live.

Save up to 40% on your LSO season booking

Whether you are a familiar face or trying a classical concert for the first time, we have a range of ticket prices available alongside a variety of different ways to save.

Three levels of discounts are available when you select 4 or more concerts from our main season, with 40% off if you book 12 or more – a saving of up to £22 per ticket. Throughout this brochure you’ll find different suggestions for possible Multibuy series based around our artistic programming, or you can simply create your own.

HALF SIX FIX

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Get your evening off to a great start with these one-hour long concerts starting at 6.30pm.

Under-18s get £5 tickets to all of our concerts, and registered students can attend selected events for £8.

You can keep your Multibuy discount to use on any additional tickets purchased during the season.

WILDCARD TICKETS FOR £10

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Available at all LSO Season Concerts – you buy the ticket and then we allocate you a seat worth up to £55.

Bring a group of 10 or more people and you will get 20% off the ticket price.

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Plus, book 8 or more concerts at the same time to get 20% off all LSO Live recordings, or 12 or more for free tickets to a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at LSO St Luke’s as well.

Discounts apply to main season, Choral Christmas and Half Six Fix concerts. Booking fees per transaction of £3 online, £4 by phone. No fees when booked in person at the Barbican Box Office.


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Half Six Fix One-hour concerts at 6.30pm Sometimes a full concert isn’t for you. You might have other plans that evening, or you might only want to experience a concentrated burst of music before heading home. That’s why we’ve created Half Six Fix, to give you the option to try a new way of experiencing the LSO. These three concerts all start at 6.30pm and last for one hour, without an interval, featuring a short programme of one or two major works, which the conductor will introduce from the stage. And to bring you closer to the action, we’ll have screens to showcase the performers and programme notes available electronically on your Android or iPhone device. You can also enjoy the music with a drink in your seat. Tickets are £12 to £40 plus booking fee, with Multibuy discounts and Wildcard tickets available. lso.co.uk/halfsixfix

HALF SIX FIX 2017/18 Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 with Gianandrea Noseda 1 November Bernstein Wonderful Town with Sir Simon Rattle 21 December Stravinsky Chant du rossignol Debussy La mer with François-Xavier Roth 28 March

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Wildcard Tickets for £10

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Two ways to save

Experience the LSO for less with Wildcard, our new discount ticket option.

The LSO is committed to encouraging all ages to experience the LSO. That’s why for all of our concerts, tickets for under-18s cost just £5 plus booking fees wherever you’re sitting.

Wildcard Tickets are £10 plus booking fee and guarantee you entry to the concert, but you won’t know your seat until the day of the performance. You might end up with a place at the back worth £15 or you could get lucky with a top price seat in the middle of the stalls. That’s the risk you take to save. We’re making over 1,000 Wildcard tickets available throughout the year, with first-come, first-served tickets on sale for every main season concert.

And for registered students, the LSO offers £8 tickets to selected concerts throughout the year. Download the Student Pulse app and you’ll also have access to other classical music discounts across London. lso.co.uk/otherdiscounts studentpulselondon.co.uk

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Good for groups 20% off for 10 or more people All group bookings of 10 or more save 20% on full price tickets, or save 30% for multiple group bookings. lso.co.uk/groups

Terms, conditions and exclusions apply to all offers and discounts. Please see page 42 or our website for full details. Clare Duckworth (violin)

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Securing the future We thank all our supporters whose generosity underpins everything we do. Now more than ever, our family of supporters plays an integral role in the LSO’s work and success. PATRONS AND FRIENDS

TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS

With a love of great music, our Patrons and Friends share each new step in the LSO’s history.

The LSO is at the forefront of community engagement and education.

We bring our supporters closer to the music through special invitations and events, connecting them with the Orchestra and its family of artists. Patrons and Friends form a thriving community at the heart of the LSO.

In tandem with our trust and foundation partners we are able to encourage all ages and abilities to engage with and participate in transformative music programmes.

CORPORATE PARTNERS

LEGACY GIVING

Sponsorship of the LSO offers alignment with our international reputation for success, innovation and excellence.

Leaving a legacy to the LSO is one of the most enduring gifts you can make.

The LSO is a truly global orchestra, connecting its partners in key international locations. Sponsorship makes a measurable difference to business success and is one of the most cost-effective investments a company can make.

When the time is right for you to include a gift in your Will, please remember the LSO. Your musical legacy will ensure future generations have access to the extraordinary music-making of the Orchestra.

You make it possible There are different ways to support, participate and share our commitment to bring the joy of music to millions. To learn more about how you can get closer to the music and support an exciting new era, please contact: lso.co.uk/supportus 020 7588 1116 | development@lso.co.uk

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16  This is Rattle


This is Rattle Sir Simon Rattle’s arrival in London heralds a new era for the LSO. To mark his inaugural season as Music Director of the Orchestra, and as Artist-in-Association with the Barbican and Guildhall School, we bring you ten days of celebratory events for everyone to be a part of. This is a chance to step inside Sir Simon’s vision of classical music. British composers take centre-stage in the opening concert: there are works by four composers of today (who also curate their own evenings of music, presented by the Barbican), including a new fanfare by Helen Grime. Experience it live in the concert hall, or outdoors with a live relay to the Barbican Sculpture Court. Film and documentary screenings in the Barbican cinemas promise to deliver unique insights and new perspectives on Sir Simon’s career, while BBC Radio 3, who will be in residence, bring us chamber music performed by some of the artists Sir Simon has championed and a foyer programme of ‘how to make radio’ with BBC experts. And, true to Sir Simon’s own belief that music should be for everybody, there will be plenty of opportunities to join in, with a creative ‘Opera in a Day’ experience at LSO St Luke’s, and performances by musicians of all ages, including the young people of LSO On Track.

THIS IS RATTLE LSO Concerts 14, 17, 19, 21 & 24 September Composer Curated Concerts at Milton Court Concert Hall 16, 18, 20 & 23 September BBC Radio 3 Artist Spotlight 15 & 22 September Sir Simon on Film 17, 21 & 24 September LSO Discovery Events 16, 17, 18 & 24 September

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Season opening concert 14 September Berlioz The Damnation of Faust 17 & 19 September Stravinsky The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring 21 & 24 September Mahler Das Lied von der Erde 13 & 17 December Bernstein Wonderful Town (concert version) 16 & 21 December Schubert, Mahler, Handel, Rameau 11 January Genesis Suite 13 January 20th Century Masters 14 January Mahler Symphony No 9 19 & 26 April Mahler Symphony No 10 22 April

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A Centenary Celebration Leonard Bernstein was a thinker, teacher, author, television star, provocateur, humanitarian – and he was my hero. writes Marin Alsop Seeing Bernstein conduct a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert when I was nine years old convinced me that conducting was the only thing in the world that I wanted to do. That alone would have been enough of a gift – but then, when I was 31, he took me under his wing and imparted to me the heart and soul of the craft. His total engagement with the music, the orchestra and the audience was beyond thrilling. I fell in love with him on the spot and adored his rebellious embracing of every genre of music. Bernstein’s relationship with the LSO was deep and enduring, and he became President of the Orchestra in 1987. It was through Bernstein that I first met the LSO at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan in 1990, while he was already suffering from the lung disease that would lead to his death three months later. In his opening remarks, he said that he had decided to devote what time he had left to education, because mentoring young people was the most rewarding way to spend his remaining days. Those of us there on that day understood the profound gift Bernstein was giving to each of us. But my gift from Bernstein started that day so long ago, when I was just nine years old and first dreamed of becoming a conductor. Read Marin Alsop’s full article at alwaysmoving.lso.co.uk

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Symphony No 3, ‘Kaddish’ with Marin Alsop 5 November Symphony No 1, ‘Jeremiah’ with Marin Alsop 8 November Wonderful Town (concert version) Symphony No 2, ‘The Age of Anxiety’ with Sir Simon Rattle 16 December HALF SIX FIX Wonderful Town (concert version) with Sir Simon Rattle 21 December

LSO DISCOVERY: BERNSTEIN LSO CHORAL SINGING DAY Chichester Psalms with Simon Halsey 7 October LSO FAMILY CONCERT: CELEBRATING BERNSTEIN with Marin Alsop 4 November

BERNSTEIN AT THE BARBICAN The Barbican, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia are also celebrating Bernstein’s anniversary throughout the season. For details, visit barbican.org.uk/classical1718.


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Debussy Anniversary My relationship with Debussy began as a flautist. writes François-Xavier Roth Debussy wrote so many wonderful parts for the flute, and I had a lot of time to discover his music in-depth. With 2018 being a hundred years since his death, I wanted to find a way to celebrate this major figure of music history through three different programmes that guide us through his music, from his influences through to those whom he influenced. I started with Debussy’s roots, and so the first programme features music by three composers who influenced his work – Wagner, Lalo and Massenet – and by Debussy himself we have an exciting discovery: the UK premiere of the ‘Première’ Suite, which was only recently unearthed in a library in New York. The second programme is pure Debussy. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune is the masterwork. Many people say that it’s the start of modern music, and it’s so important in terms of its language, its harmony, its structure – everything. It’s a great thing to have the Prélude and Jeux performed together in the same programme – the Prélude is Debussy as a young man, opening a new door in music, and I think Jeux opens the next. The third programme was conceived with music by those whom I consider to be Debussy’s ‘sons’, the next generation in line – Boulez, Bartók and Stravinsky. It’s fantastic to be celebrating this most important of French composers with three of my compatriots as soloists and with the LSO. The LSO has the flexibility you need for Debussy, to achieve the subtle colours the music requires. Read François-Xavier Roth’s full article at alwaysmoving.lso.co.uk

ORCHESTRAL DEBUSSY

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The Young Debussy with Edgar Moreau cello 21 January Essential Debussy with Cédric Tiberghien piano 25 January Debussy and Beyond with Renaud Capuçon violin 25 March

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS: DEBUSSY & PIZZETTI A series celebrating two composers with anniversaries this spring: Claude Debussy, and Ildebrando Pizzetti who died 50 years ago. Cédric Tiberghien & Friends 9 February 16 February 16 March BBC Singers 9 March

DEBUSSY DAY AT MILTON COURT 25 March

As part of the Debussy centenary the Barbican presents a day of the composer’s piano music on the 100th anniversary of his death. Played, introduced and discussed by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Debussy scholar Roger Nichols. Visit barbican.org.uk/classical1718 for more details. lso.co.uk | 020 7638 8891  21


New Music Britain Over the past decade and more, the LSO has worked with nearly 200 young and early-career composers, over 40 of whom have had pieces played by the full orchestra in the main season. writes Colin Matthews, Panufnik Composers Scheme Composition Director

NEW MUSIC BRITAIN

The LSO has committed to this because it believes that new music is part of the lifeblood of the repertoire. At the annual Panufnik Composers Scheme Workshop (now in the Scheme’s 13th year), there’s an atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement: a wish for the composer to get it right, and a recognition that unless they have the chance to work directly with an orchestra they are never fully going to be masters of their craft.

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Helen Grime, Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen 14 September Thomas Adès Three Studies from Couperin 15 & 19 October

It seems to me that the sense of excitement that is part of these workshops is gradually transferring to the LSO’s concert audience. Sir Simon Rattle’s association with the LSO can only reinforce that feeling; he already has plans to include a new major work by a British composer each season, and I’m delighted that the first of these will be by Helen Grime (generously commissioned by the Barbican for Sir Simon and the LSO) who participated in these schemes over ten years ago.

Ewan Campbell Panufnik commission 1 25 March Helen Grime new commission 2 19 & 26 April Tippett The Rose Lake 3 22 April

NEW MUSIC AT LSO ST LUKE’S LSO Soundhub Showcase: Phase II 4 17 March Panufnik Composers Workshop 1 18 March

LSO Discovery works on plenty of other levels as well, with work commissioned for community performance, and with more experimental work catered for in the innovative Soundhub Scheme, of which some 112 composers have been part. My own involvement as director of the Panufnik Scheme since its inception makes me feel as if I’m pushing at an open door. The Scheme itself goes from strength to strength, yet it’s still a bit of a hidden gem. Put 18 March 2018 into your diary and come to LSO St Luke’s to hear the LSO playing music as new as it can be!

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LSO Soundhub Showcase: Phase I 4 14 July

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Choral Masterworks Beethoven’s most challenging piece remains the Missa Solemnis. It can loom like a forbidding monolith over performer and audience alike. writes Michael Tilson Thomas, LSO Conductor Laureate That said, Beethoven considered the Missa Solemnis as one of his supreme creations – his spiritual guidebook on which he worked for more than four years.

CHORAL HIGHLIGHTS

His first intention was to write a spectacle of music rivalling, even surpassing, the great choral pieces of Handel and Haydn. Missa Solemnis follows the order of the Mass and pursues many other objectives. It illuminates and meditates on the text by repeating and reconfiguring it many times. Each repetition expresses a new aspect of Beethoven’s understanding of the words.

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust with Sir Simon Rattle 17 & 19 September

For me, the piece suggests a visit to a cathedral. As in a cathedral, different chapels are dedicated to different spiritual territories. Some are majestic, some intimate, some symphonic or even operatic. Above all, it offered Beethoven the opportunity to explore and reflect on the nature of time itself, on the contrast between the fleeting time of human life and the vastness of divine time.

A Choral Christmas with Simon Halsey 3 December

So why, with all these amazing things happening, can the piece seem impenetrable? Like many ambitious works written for large forces it can become entangled in its own complexity and majesty. With so many people doing so many things at the same time, it can be difficult to follow the music’s many strands. My mission for this performance is to create more space around the music, allowing us to better follow the streams of Beethoven’s thought.

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Bernstein Symphony No 3, ‘Kaddish’ with Marin Alsop 5 November Liszt A Faust Symphony with Sir Antonio Pappano 26 November

Bernstein Wonderful Town (concert version) with Sir Simon Rattle 16 & 21 December Mahler Symphony No 2 with Semyon Bychkov 4 February Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Michael Tilson Thomas 20 May

CHORAL SINGING DAYS Bernstein Chichester Psalms 7 October Tippett A Child of Our Time 10 March

Read Michael Tilson Thomas’ full article at alwaysmoving.lso.co.uk

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Dmitri Shostakovich This is my first complete cycle of Shostakovich’s 15 symphonies, and it has come at the perfect time in my career. writes Gianandrea Noseda, LSO Principal Guest Conductor I have conducted most of Shostakovich’s symphonies individually, but never together in a cycle and never for a recording – all of these will be released by LSO Live. I have taken advantage of my time living in St Petersburg – not as a tourist, but living with the Russian people with everyday activities helping me to understand life there – and it’s only now that I’m not there that I can take a step back and see this music through that perspective.

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

It’s important to know the atmosphere and the political situation around each of these works. For example, Shostakovich poured everything into the Fourth Symphony and was convinced he had created something revolutionary, expecting it to be praised. But of course the opposite happened – it was banned by the authorities. His reaction to this was the ‘joyful’ Fifth Symphony, which is really anything but. He put a lot of lipstick on it to make it seem acceptable to the Soviet authorities. The situation in which Shostakovich and his fellow artists, actors, musicians and architects found themselves is so relevant to today, and the story behind these symphonies needs to be understood.

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERTS: SHOSTAKOVICH PLUS

I’m really looking forward to spending more time with the LSO. Each musician cares about what they are doing, they commit themselves fully and are completely engaged. Shostakovich particularly demands this and it’s an incredible skill to have. The LSO musicians understand how their individual talents should be shared – everyone shines even more as a result. And as a conductor your role is often to motivate the artists, to ask them to give you more, but with the LSO – they are asking me to give, to never stop giving. It’s so fruitful and rewarding to work in this way.

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with Gianandrea Noseda Symphony No 8 8 April Symphony No 10 24 June

Gianandrea Noseda’s Shostakovich cycle contines in 2018/19

String Quartet No 4 in D major with Carducci Quartet 6 October Cello Sonata in D minor with Truls Mørk 13 October Piano Trio No 2 in E minor with Trio Wanderer 3 November Piano Quintet in G minor with Meta4 String Quartet & Alasdair Beatson 10 November


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LSO Discovery

LSO Discovery brings the Orchestra and its music to everybody, through a year-round programme of 950 workshops, alongside 150 concerts – an average of three events a day. Whatever your musical background, our programme offers new insights and experiences.

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Singers come together each week to sing in our Choirs, and hundreds more experience the power of choral music at our termly Singing Days.

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People every year discover something new at a Free Lunchtime Concert where curious minds and open ears meet world-class musicians eager to answer your questions.

For more details of all our projects, concerts, participatory events and more, visit lso.co.uk/lsodiscovery

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Working in Partnership We are grateful to our partners, whose generosity supports every aspect of our work. PUBLIC FUNDING PARTNERS

OUR HOME

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

CITY OF LONDON

THE BARBICAN

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

The London Symphony Orchestra is proud to be one of five core partners including the City of London Corporation who are working together to transform the area from Farringdon to Moorgate in the north west ‘Square Mile’. With the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, 1.5 million additional visitors are expected in the area and together we aim to create an unrivalled place for the arts, heritage, learning and entertainment.

The London Symphony Orchestra is the permanent Resident Orchestra at the Barbican. The LSO presents around 70 concerts every year as part of the Barbican’s wider artistic offer, presenting some of the best music in the world as part of an international, cross-arts programme. Both organisations share the ambition of making the arts accessible to all and attract audiences from across the globe.

BMW and Reignwood stand shoulder to shoulder with the LSO, enabling the Orchestra to go further with its ambitions. Their leadership support sets a new

standard and makes an important statement about their commitment to excellence in music, education, access and cultural exchange.

BBC RADIO 3

CLASSIC FM

MEZZO

BBC Radio 3 is the radio broadcast partner of the LSO, broadcasting Barbican concerts and programming BBC Radio 3 Lunchtimes at LSO St Luke’s. The station connects the public with remarkable music and culture and is the foremost broadcaster of live classical music through over 600 concerts a year. It is a bold pioneer, creator, commissioner and curator across classical, folk, world, jazz, drama, philosophy and ideas. The LSO is proud its concerts are brought to broad audiences all over the UK; BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Concert’ programme alone reaches the equivalent of over 250 packed concert halls a week.

The LSO is Classic FM’s Orchestra in the City of London. Classic FM is the biggest classical music radio station in the world, broadcasting to 5.6 million listeners every week. It is the only UK radio station dedicated to playing 100 per-cent classical music, 24 hours a day, with the aim of sharing it with the widest possible audience. Classic FM works with ensembles around the UK to achieve this aim by supporting live music, and the LSO is proud to have been the station’s Orchestra in the City of London for 15 years.

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September 2017 For booking details of all the events listed in this guide, turn to page 42.

Thursday 14 September  from 7pm Barbican Sculpture Court Cinema

Sunday 17 September  LSO St Luke’s

To help you plan your day or evening, we have listed finish times for all our main concerts and events. These might be subject to change – check our website for most up-to-date details.

THIS IS RATTLE / LSO STREAMED CONCERT

THIS IS RATTLE / LSO DISCOVERY

Enjoy an evening’s concert outdoors as the LSO concert is relayed live on to the Barbican Sculpture Court Cinema.

Not suitable for under-8s

LIVE RELAY

Presented by Barbican

14 to 24 September

THIS IS RATTLE To celebrate Sir Simon Rattle’s arrival, the LSO, Barbican and Guildhall School come together in ten days of concerts and events. BBC Radio 3, BBC Singers, BCMG, Britten Sinfonia, Classic FM, Guildhall School, City of London and the Barbican Music Library are just some of those also involved. To find out more visit alwaysmoving.lso.co.uk. Thursday 14 September  7.30–9.40pm Barbican Hall

Friday 15 September LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

THIS IS RATTLE / BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: INGRID FLITER

OPERA IN A DAY: THE FAUST LEGEND

Spend the day making a brand new opera on the Faust legend, and join in a final informal performance. Sunday 17 September Barbican Cinema 1

THIS IS RATTLE / SIR SIMON ON FILM HENRY V PG (UK, 1989) 135 min

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 26 September

6.30–7.30pm

The 1989 adaptation of Shakespeare’s history play – directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh – features a sumptuous score by Patrick Doyle, performed by Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

THIS IS RATTLE / BBC RADIO 3 RUSH-HOUR

Presented by Barbican

NEW MUSIC BRITAIN

Veronika Eberle violin

Helen Grime Fanfare * (world premiere) Harrison Birtwistle Violin Concerto Thomas Adès Asyla Interval Oliver Knussen Symphony No 3 Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, ‘Enigma’

Sunday 17 September  Tuesday 19 September  Barbican Hall

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 27 September

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Sir Simon Rattle conductor Christian Tetzlaff violin * Commissioned for Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra by the Barbican Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

2pm

Kenneth Branagh director

Ingrid Fliter piano

Friday 15 September  LSO St Luke’s

10am–5pm

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: VERONIKA EBERLE

6–8.40pm 7–9.40pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT Saturday 16 September  10.30am–3.30pm Barbican Centre THIS IS RATTLE / LSO DISCOVERY

DISCOVERY DAY: FAUST IN MUSIC

Attend a morning discussion about the musical power of the Faust legend; then watch Sir Simon Rattle rehearse the LSO and the London Symphony Chorus in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust.

THE DAMNATION OF FAUST Berlioz The Damnation of Faust Interval after Part Two Sir Simon Rattle conductor Karen Cargill Marguerite Bryan Hymel Faust Gerald Finley Mephistopheles Florian Boesch Brander London Symphony Chorus † Simon Halsey chorus director Sunday 17 broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Sunday 17 broadcast worldwide on medici.tv

and to mainland Europe, Canada, and Asia on Mezzo

6.15pm Barbican Foyers The LSO Discovery Choirs perform in the entrance foyers † 6.30pm Welcome Reception Ticket-holders are invited to enjoy a free glass of sparkling wine to celebrate the launch of the 2017/18 season

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Saturday 16 September Milton Court Concert Hall

7.30pm

THIS IS RATTLE

OLIVER KNUSSEN CURATES

Sun 5pm, Tue 6pm Barbican Foyers LSO Sing Choral Fanfares †

Oliver Knussen conductor Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Produced by the Barbican and BCMG Part of Barbican Presents

† LSO Sing is supported by Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, John S Cohen Foundation, Barnett & Sylvia Shine No 2 Charitable Trust, Slaughter and May Charitable Trust and LSO Friends

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September 2017 continued … Monday 18 September LSO St Luke’s

12.30–1.15pm

LSO DISCOVERY

Thursday 21 September Barbican Cinema 1 THIS IS RATTLE / SIR SIMON ON FILM

FREE MONDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT THE MAKING OF A MAESTRO Rachel Leach presenter

Monday 18 September  Milton Court Concert Hall

5.30pm

7.30pm

# (UK, 2015) 55 min

Marking his 60th birthday, this 2015 BBC film follows a year of Sir Simon Rattle’s hectic schedule. Presented by Barbican

Per Nørgård Hut Ab! Nicholas Maw The Head of Orpheus Judith Weir The Alps Harrison Birtwistle Three Settings of Celan Niccolò Castiglioni Vallis Clausa Interval György Kurtág Eletut Osvaldo Golijov Sarajevo John Woolrich A Farewell Thomas Adès/Madness Cardiac Arrest Richard Baker conductor Guildhall School Musicians

Thursday 21 September Sunday 24 September Barbican Hall

7–9.30pm 6–8.30pm

STRAVINSKY

Stravinsky The Firebird (original ballet) Interval Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version) Interval Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

HELEN GRIME CURATES Purcell Fantasia VII on One Note George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews A Purcell Garland Helen Grime Into the Faded Air Britten Sinfonietta Interval Helen Grime A Cold Spring Thomas Adès Court Studies from ‘The Tempest’ Oliver Knussen Songs without Voices Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks Jacqueline Shave director/violin Britten Sinfonia Produced by the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia Part of Barbican Presents

Thu 6pm, Sun 5pm Barbican Foyers Guildhall School musicians play Fanfares Friday 22 September LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

THIS IS RATTLE / BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Programme to be announced Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 28 September

Friday 22 September LSO St Luke’s

Martyn Brabbins conductor BBC Singers

Sunday 24 September Barbican Hall

12.15–1pm

THIS IS RATTLE / LSO DISCOVERY Elgar Extracts from Variations on an Original Theme, ‘Enigma’ arr Gareth Glyn Stravinsky Extracts from ‘The Rite of Spring’ arr Gareth Glyn

Sunday 24 Recommended by Classic FM

THIS IS RATTLE

Varèse Octandre Machaut Messe di Nostre Dame (with elements by Harrison Birtwistle) Interval Harrison Birtwistle Pulse Sampler Byrd Lamentations Harrison Birtwistle Moth Requiem

LSO ON TRACK

Sir Simon Rattle conductor Thursday 21 broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

7.30pm

HARRISON BIRTWISTLE CURATES

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3 Produced by the Barbican and BBC Singers Part of Barbican Presents

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Produced by the Barbican and Guildhall School Part of Barbican Presents

Wednesday 20 September Milton Court Concert Hall

7.30pm

THIS IS RATTLE

THIS IS RATTLE

THOMAS ADÈS CURATES

Saturday 23 September Milton Court Concert Hall

6.30–7.30pm

Sir Simon Rattle conductor LSO On Track Young Musicians Guildhall School Musicians London Symphony Orchestra 10.30am Foyer Family Activities Sunday 24 September Barbican Cinema 1

THIS IS RATTLE / SIR SIMON ON FILM RHYTHM IS IT # (Germany, 2004) 100 min This 2004 film documents choreographer Royston Maldoom, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic’s journey with 250 Berlin schoolchildren, as they unite to rehearse and perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

THIS IS RATTLE / BBC RADIO 3 RUSH HOUR

Presented by Barbican

Programme to be announced

Friday 29 September LSO St Luke’s

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

4pm

12.30–1.15pm

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 29 September

LSO DISCOVERY

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT Rachel Leach presenter 32  LSO Season 2017/18 ~ September & October


October 2017 Thursday 5 October Barbican Hall

7.30–9.45pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

SHOSTAKOVICH PLUS

Britten Violin Concerto Interval Mahler Symphony No 5 Semyon Bychkov conductor Janine Jansen violin

1–2pm

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

SHOSTAKOVICH PLUS

Beethoven String Quartet in F minor Op 95 Shostakovich String Quartet No 4 in D major Carducci Quartet Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

7.30–9.40pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

EISENSTEIN’S OCTOBER

# (USSR, 1928)

Meisel orch Thewes October: Ten Days That Shook the World

Truls Mørk cello Håvard Gimse piano

Frank Strobel conductor

Sunday 15 October Thursday 19 October Barbican Hall

Recommended by Classic FM

Thursday 26 October Barbican Hall

Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C major Op 119

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

6pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

Saturday 7 October LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

MAHLER’S FIFTH SYMPHONY

Friday 6 October LSO St Luke’s

Friday 13 October LSO St Luke’s

7–9pm 7.30–9.30pm

Orchestral score played by the LSO, with live screening of Eisenstein’s dramatisation of the October Revolution. Promoted in association with Kino Klassika and the European Film Philharmonic

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Sunday 29 October 10am–5pm Barbican Hall & LSO St Luke’s

Thomas Adès Three Studies from Couperin Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Interval Brahms Symphony No 2

LSO DISCOVERY

BERNARD HAITINK

DISCOVERY DAY: PROKOFIEV

15 Oct 5.30pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

The LSO rehearses Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 2 with soloist Khatia Buniatishvili, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Followed by an afternoon exploring Prokofiev with a talk and chamber music at LSO St Luke’s.

Veronika Eberle (15 Sep, 15 & 19 Oct)

Gianandrea Noseda (29 Oct, 8 Apr, 3 & 24 Jun)

Friday 20 October LSO St Luke’s

Sunday 29 October Barbican Hall

Bernard Haitink conductor Veronika Eberle violin

11am–4.30pm

LSO DISCOVERY

CHORAL SINGING DAY: CHICHESTER PSALMS † Bernstein Chichester Psalms (accompanied by piano) Simon Halsey conductor

Tuesday 10 October Barbican Hall

7.30–9.30pm

12.30–1.15pm

7–8.45pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

LSO DISCOVERY

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Brahms Symphony No 3 Interval Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5, ‘Emperor’

Rachel Leach presenter

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2 Interval Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4

BERNARD HAITINK

Bernard Haitink conductor Emanuel Ax piano

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FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT

GIANANDREA NOSEDA

Gianandrea Noseda conductor Khatia Buniatishvili piano

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November 2017 Wednesday 1 November 6.30–7.30pm Barbican Hall

Saturday 4 November Barbican Hall

HALF SIX FIX

LSO DISCOVERY

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 Introduced on stage by the conductor

Suitable for over 7s

Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor Olli Mustonen Piano Quintet (UK premiere)

TCHAIKOVSKY

Gianandrea Noseda conductor

Friday 3 November LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

2.30–3.30pm

FAMILY CONCERT: CELEBRATING BERNSTEIN

Friday 10 November LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

SHOSTAKOVICH PLUS

Marin Alsop conductor/presenter To celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centenary and his close relationship with the LSO, Marin Alsop presents a concert in the tradition of Bernstein’s Young People’s concerts. Music includes the Dances from West Side Story.

Meta4 String Quartet Alasdair Beatson piano Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Friday 17 November LSO St Luke’s

12.30–1.15pm

Recommended by Classic FM

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

SHOSTAKOVICH PLUS

Copland Vitebsk Suk Elegie Shostakovich Piano Trio No 2 in E minor Trio Wanderer Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

† LSO Sing is supported by Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, John S Cohen Foundation, Barnett & Sylvia Shine No 2 Charitable Trust, Slaughter and May Charitable Trust and LSO Friends

LSO DISCOVERY Sunday 5 November Barbican Hall

7–9pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

BERNSTEIN 100

Bernstein Halil * Mahler Adagio from Symphony No 10 Interval Bernstein Symphony No 3, ‘Kaddish’ Marin Alsop conductor Adam Walker flute* Laura Claycomb soprano London Symphony Chorus † Simon Halsey chorus director Wednesday 8 November  7.30–9.30pm Barbican Hall LSO SEASON CONCERT

BERNSTEIN 100

Bernstein Symphony No 1, ‘Jeremiah’ Interval Mahler Symphony No 1, ‘Titan’ Marin Alsop conductor Jamie Barton mezzo-soprano Recommended by Classic FM

6pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Marin Alsop (4, 5 & 8 Nov)

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT Rachel Leach presenter Friday 24 November LSO St Luke’s LSO DISCOVERY

MUSICAL STORYTELLING FOR UNDER 5s Sunday 26 November Barbican Hall

7–9.30pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

TOTAL LISZT

Liszt orch Sciarrino Sposalizio Liszt Totentanz * Interval Liszt A Faust Symphony Sir Antonio Pappano conductor Alice Sara Ott piano * Brenden Gunnell tenor Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus † Simon Halsey chorus director Thursday 30 November Barbican Hall

7.30pm

Tan Dun The Martial Arts Trilogy Performed alongside clips from the films Hero; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Banquet Tan Dun conductor Produced by the Barbican

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12.30–1.15pm


December 2017 Sunday 3 December Barbican Hall

7–9.10pm

LSO SING

A CHORAL CHRISTMAS Simon Halsey conductor LSO Brass Ensemble London Symphony Chorus † LSO Community Choir † LSO Discovery Choirs † Christian Gerhaher (13 & 17 Dec)

Thursday 7 December Barbican Hall

7.30–9.30pm

Saturday 16 December Barbican Hall

Krystian Zimerman (16 Dec)

7.30–9.40pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Mozart Violin Concerto No 2 Mozart Violin Concerto No 3 Interval Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, ‘Pathétique’

Bernstein Symphony No 2, ‘The Age Of Anxiety’ * Interval Bernstein Wonderful Town (concert version)

Nikolaj Znaider conductor / violin

Sir Simon Rattle conductor Krystian Zimerman piano * Danielle de Niese Eileen Nathan Gunn Bob Baker Duncan Rock Wreck London Symphony Chorus † Simon Halsey chorus director

MOZART & TCHAIKOVSKY

Recommended by Classic FM

6pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

BERNSTEIN 100

Wednesday 13 December 7.30–9.30pm Sunday 17 December 7–9pm Barbican Hall

Thursday 21 December Barbican Hall

LSO SEASON CONCERT

WONDERFUL TOWN

STRAUSS & MAHLER Strauss Metamorphosen Interval Mahler Das Lied von der Erde Sir Simon Rattle conductor Simon O’Neill tenor Christian Gerhaher baritone

LSO LIVE NEW RELEASES IN 2017/18

PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE

6.30–7.45pm

HALF SIX FIX

Bernstein Wonderful Town (concert version) Introduced on stage by the conductor

Sir Simon Rattle leads an all-star cast in this highly anticipated new recording of Debussy’s evocative opera.

VERDI

Gianandrea Noseda joined forces with outstanding Italian soloists for these searing performances of Verdi’s Requiem.

Sir Simon Rattle conductor cast as 16 December Recommended by Classic FM

ADÈS ‘TRILOGY’

For his LSO Live Debut, Thomas Adès conducts his seminal ‘Trilogy’ works – Asyla, Tevot and Polaris.

Wednesday 13 broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

13 Dec 6pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

MENDELSSOHN

Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s acclaimed Mendelssohn cycle continues with his unique interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Visit lso.co.uk/lsolive Nikolaj Znaider (7 Dec)

Booking Details page 42

Danielle de Niese (16 & 21 Dec)

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January 2018

Magdalena Kožená (11 Jan)

Isabelle Faust (14 Jan)

Sunday 7 January Barbican Hall

7pm

Saturday 13 January Barbican Hall

François-Xavier Roth (21 & 25 Jan, 25 Mar)

7.30–9.40pm

Sunday 21 January Barbican Hall

7–9pm

NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

LSO SEASON CONCERT

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Liadov The Enchanted Lake Dvořák Noonday Witch Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle

Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Milhaud et al Genesis Suite Interval Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Wagner Overture: Tannhäuser Lalo Cello Concerto Interval Debussy Première Suite (UK premiere) Massenet Le Cid – Suite

Sir Mark Elder conductor National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Thursday 11 January Barbican Hall

7.30–9.30pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

SIR SIMON RATTLE / KOŽENÁ Schubert Symphony No 8, ‘Unfinished’ Mahler Rückert Lieder Interval Handel Three Arias Rameau Les Boréades – Suite Sir Simon Rattle conductor Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano Friday 12 January LSO St Luke’s LSO DISCOVERY

12.30–1.15pm

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT Rachel Leach presenter

GENESIS SUITE

THE YOUNG DEBUSSY

Sir Simon Rattle conductor Gerard McBurney creative director Mike Tutaj projection design London Symphony Chorus † Simon Halsey chorus director

François-Xavier Roth conductor Edgar Moreau cello

A rare collection from seven composers who emigrated to Hollywood in the 1940s and Bartók’s symphonic masterpiece performed to specially created visuals. Produced by the LSO and Barbican Part of the LSO’s 2017/18 season and Barbican Presents

Sunday 14 January Barbican Hall

7–9pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

20th CENTURY MASTERS Janáček Overture: From the House of the Dead Carter Instances Berg Violin Concerto Interval Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Thursday 25 January Barbican Hall LSO SEASON CONCERT

ESSENTIAL DEBUSSY Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra Interval Jeux Three Nocturnes François-Xavier Roth conductor Cédric Tiberghien piano Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus † Simon Halsey chorus director Friday 26 January LSO St Luke’s

Sir Simon Rattle conductor Isabelle Faust violin

LSO DISCOVERY

5.30pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

Rachel Leach presenter

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7.30-9.25pm

12.30–1.15pm

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT


February 2018 Friday 2 February LSO St Luke’s

12.30–1.15pm

LSO DISCOVERY

MUSICAL STORYTELLING FOR UNDER 5s

Sunday 11 February 10am–5pm Barbican Hall & LSO St Luke’s

Thursday 22 February Barbican Hall

LSO DISCOVERY

LSO SEASON CONCERT

DISCOVERY DAY: ELGAR

Sunday 4 February Barbican Hall

7–8.30pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

MAHLER’S SECOND SYMPHONY Mahler Symphony No 2, ‘Resurrection’ Semyon Bychkov conductor Christiane Karg soprano Anna Larsson alto London Symphony Chorus † Simon Halsey chorus director

DAPHNIS AND CHLOÉ

Sir Mark Elder rehearses the LSO in Elgar’s Second Symphony and Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with soloist Nikolaj Znaider. Followed by a talk about Elgar with chamber music at LSO St Luke’s. Sunday 11 February Barbican Hall

7.30–9.40pm

Brahms Violin Concerto Interval Franck Psyche – Suite Ravel Daphnis and Chloé – Suite No 2 Robin Ticciati conductor Alina Ibragimova violin

7–9.15pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

SIR MARK ELDER

5.30pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

Dvořák Overture: Othello Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 Interval Elgar Symphony No 2

Thursday 8 February Barbican Hall

Sir Mark Elder conductor Nikolaj Znaider violin

7.30–9.40pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

5.30pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

Janáček Schluck und Jau Bartók Piano Concerto No 3 Interval Elgar Symphony No 1

Recommended by Classic FM

SIR MARK ELDER

Alina Ibrgaimova (22 Feb)

Friday 16 February LSO St Luke’s

Sir Mark Elder conductor Francesco Piemontesi piano

1–2pm

Friday 23 February LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

with Cédric Tiberghien and Friends Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Mozart Trio in E-flat major Schumann Märchenerzählungen Brahms Clarinet Sonata in E-flat major

with Cédric Tiberghien and Friends

Sunday 18 February Barbican Hall

Michael Collins clarinet Lawrence Power viola Michael McHale piano

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 2 Interval Strauss An Alpine Symphony

Sunday 25 February Barbican Hall

Daniel Harding conductor Leonidas Kavakos violin

FAMILY CONCERT

Friday 9 February LSO St Luke’s

DEBUSSY & PIZZETTI 1–2pm

MICHAEL COLLINS & FRIENDS

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

DEBUSSY & PIZZETTI

7–8.50pm

HARDING & KAVAKOS

2.30–3.30pm

LSO DISCOVERY

Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds Paul Rissmann presenter

† LSO Sing is supported by Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, John S Cohen Foundation, Barnett & Sylvia Shine No 2 Charitable Trust, Slaughter and May Charitable Trust and LSO Friends

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Recommended by Classic FM

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March 2018 Friday 2 March LSO St Luke’s

12.30–1.15pm

Sunday 11 March Barbican Hall

7–8.50pm

Friday 23 March LSO St Luke’s

LSO DISCOVERY

LSO SEASON CONCERT

LSO DISCOVERY

Rachel Leach presenter

Schumann Overture: Genoveva Berlioz Les nuits d’été Interval Schumann Symphony No 2

Rachel Leach presenter

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Friday 9 March LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

DEBUSSY & PIZZETTI

Debussy Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans Pizzetti A Lament; Requiem; 2 Canzoni Corali; Debussy Réveillez-vous, arbres des bois Pizzetti De Profundis

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Sunday 25 March Barbican Hall

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor Ann Hallenberg mezzo-soprano

Thursday 15 March Barbican Hall

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

11am–4.30pm

LSO DISCOVERY

CHORAL SINGING DAY: A CHILD OF OUR TIME Tippett A Child of Our Time (accompanied by piano) Simon Halsey conductor

DEBUSSY AND BEYOND

7.30–9.10pm

Fifteen years ago, the LSO transformed what was the shell of a Hawksmoor church into a unique music venue for everyone to enjoy. Created principally as a space for LSO Discovery projects and events, as well as the LSO itself to rehearse in, the venue also hosts hundreds of events each year, exploring genres as far-reaching as world music, folk and jazz alongside classical music. Why not join us for a week-long celebration? lso.co.uk/lsostlukes15

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Boulez Livre pour cordes Bartók Violin Concerto No 2 Interval Ewan Campbell Panufnik Commission * (world premiere)

Stravinsky Chant du rossignol Debussy La mer

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Schumann Overture, Scherzo and Finale Schumann Piano Concerto Interval Schumann Symphony No 4 Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor Maria João Pires piano Friday 16 March LSO St Luke’s

François-Xavier Roth conductor Renaud Capuçon violin * Panufnik commission generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and the Helen Hamlyn Trust

5.30pm Barbican Hall LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists 1–2pm

Wednesday 28 March Barbican Hall

6.30–7.30pm

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

HALF SIX FIX

with Cédric Tiberghien and Friends

Stravinsky Chant du rossignol Debussy La mer Introduced on stage by the conductor

DEBUSSY & PIZZETTI

STRAVINSKY & DEBUSSY

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

LSO ST LUKE’S 15TH BIRTHDAY: 26 MARCH TO 2 APRIL

7–9.20pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

GARDINER & PIRES

Bart Van Reyn conductor BBC Singers

Saturday 10 March LSO St Luke’s

SIR JOHN ELIOT GARDINER

12.30–1.15pm

Saturday 17 March LSO St Luke’s

7–9pm

François-Xavier Roth conductor Recommended by Classic FM

LSO DISCOVERY

SOUNDHUB SHOWCASE PHASE II

Friday 30 March LSO St Luke’s

Sunday 18 March LSO St Luke’s

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

10am & 2.30pm

MICHAEL COLLINS & FRIENDS

LSO DISCOVERY

Frühling Trio in A minor Brahms Trio in A minor

François-Xavier Roth conductor

Michael Collins clarinet Leonard Elschenbroich cello Michael McHale piano

PANUFNIK COMPOSERS WORKSHOPS

Free entry, booking essential The Panufnik Composers Scheme is generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and the Helen Hamlyn Trust

1–2pm

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3


April 2018 Friday 6 April LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

Friday 13 April LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Baermann Adagio Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Reinecke Introduction and Allegro appassionato Stanford Clarinet Sonata Brahms Clarinet Sonata in F minor

MICHAEL COLLINS & FRIENDS

Michael Collins clarinet Heath Quartet Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

MICHAEL COLLINS & FRIENDS

Michael Collins clarinet Michael McHale piano

Thursday 19 April Thursday 26 April Barbican Hall

7.30–9.40pm 7.30–9.40pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

HELEN GRIME PREMIERE Helen Grime new commission * (world premiere)

Interval Mahler Symphony No 9 Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

* Commissioned for Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra by the Barbican

Sunday 22 April 10am–5pm Barbican Hall & LSO St Luke’s LSO DISCOVERY

DISCOVERY DAY: TIPPETT

Susanna Mälkki (15 Apr)

Sunday 8 April Barbican Hall

The LSO rehearses Tippett’s The Rose Lake and Mahler’s Tenth Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle, followed by an afternoon exploring the music of Sir Michael Tippett through talks and chamber music at LSO St Luke’s.

Helen Grime (14 Sep, 19 & 26 Apr)

7–9.25pm

Sunday 15 April Barbican Hall

7–8.40pm

Sunday 22 April Barbican Hall

7–9.15pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

LSO SEASON CONCERT

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 Interval Shostakovich Symphony No 8

Elgar Cello Concerto Interval Sibelius Symphony No 5

Tippett The Rose Lake * Interval Mahler comp Cooke Symphony No 10

Gianandrea Noseda conductor Nikolai Lugansky piano

Susanna Mälkki conductor Daniel Müller-Schott cello

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

SHOSTAKOVICH

SIBELIUS’ FIFTH SYMPHONY

TIPPETT’S THE ROSE LAKE

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Recommended by Classic FM * Supported by PRS for Music Foundation Resonate Fund, in partnership with the Association of British Orchestras and BBC Radio 3

Friday 27 April LSO St Luke’s

12.30–1.15pm

LSO DISCOVERY

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT Rachel Leach presenter

LSO St Luke’s

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May 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas (17 & 20 May)

Friday 11 May LSO St Luke’s

12.30–1.15pm

Janine Jansen (5 Oct, 17 May)

Friday 18 May LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

Sunday 20 May Barbican Hall

LSO DISCOVERY

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Rachel Leach presenter

An exploration of chamber music from Germany including works by Handel, Telemann and Bach

Beethoven Missa Solemnis No interval

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Thursday 17 May Barbican Hall

7.30–9.40pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

SIBELIUS

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC

Academy of Ancient Music Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Sibelius Violin Concerto Interval Sibelius Symphony No 6 Sibelius Symphony No 7 Michael Tilson Thomas conductor Janine Jansen violin

† LSO Sing is supported by Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, John S Cohen Foundation, Barnett & Sylvia Shine No 2 Charitable Trust, Slaughter and May Charitable Trust and LSO Friends

7–8.30pm

MISSA SOLEMNIS

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor Joélle Harvey soprano Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano Toby Spence tenor Luca Pisaroni bass-baritone London Symphony Chorus † Simon Halsey chorus director Friday 25 May LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC Programme to include Handel Two Chandos Anthems (‘Cannons’ versions) Richard Egarr director/harpsichord Academy of Ancient Music Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

ORCHESTRAL ARTISTRY

Since September 2013, the LSO and Guildhall School have collaborated on a postgraduate specialism for instrumentalists seeking a career in orchestral playing. Part of the Guildhall Artists Masters programme, this highly distinctive and ground-breaking course enables students to work alongside the LSO and its roster of visiting artists in a context akin to a professional environment. Visit gsmd.ac.uk/orchestralartistry for more details. Academy of Ancient Music (18 & 25 May, 8 & 15 Jun)

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June 2018

July 2018

Nicola Benedetti (24 Jun)

LSO On Track (5 Jul)

Friday 1 June LSO St Luke’s

12.30–1.15pm

Friday 15 June LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

Thursday 5 July Barbican Hall

7.30–9.30pm

LSO DISCOVERY

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

LSO DISCOVERY

Rachel Leach presenter

An exploration of chamber music from Venice including works by Gabrieli, Kapsberger, Rossi and Castello

Elim Chan conductor Howard Moody conductor LSO On Track Young Musicians Guildhall School Musicians London Symphony Orchestra

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Sunday 3 June Barbican Hall

7–9pm

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC

LSO ON TRACK AT 10

Academy of Ancient Music

LSO SEASON CONCERT

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Ravel Rhapsodie espagnole Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 Interval Mussorgsky arr Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

Friday 22 June LSO St Luke’s

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

LSO DISCOVERY

Recommended by Classic FM

Sunday 24 June Barbican Hall

LSO On Track is a partnership between the LSO and ten local music education providers, putting the Orchestra at the heart of the Music Education Hubs in East London: Barking & Dagenham Community Music Service; Bird College; Royal Greenwich Music Hub; Hackney Music Service; Havering Music School; Lewisham Music Service; Newham Music; Redbridge Music Service; Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service; Waltham Forest Music Service

MUSICAL STORYTELLING FOR UNDER 5s

Gianandrea Noseda conductor Yefim Bronfman piano Recommended by Classic FM

Friday 8 June LSO St Luke’s

1–2pm

BBC RADIO 3 LUNCHTIME CONCERT

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC An exploration of chamber music from France including Couperin’s Concerts royaux and La Sultanne, plus works by Marais and Leclair and Sainte-Colombe Academy of Ancient Music Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

7–9pm

LSO SEASON CONCERT

SHOSTAKOVICH

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 Interval Shostakovich Symphony No 10

Sunday 8 July Barbican Hall

Gianandrea Noseda conductor Nicola Benedetti violin

FAMILY CONCERT

Friday 29 June LSO St Luke’s LSO DISCOVERY

12.30–1.15pm

FREE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT: CREATE TAKEOVER Rachel Leach presenter

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12.30–1.15pm

Gathering together young musicians from all over East London, the LSO and its Music Education Hub partners celebrate ten years of inspiring music-making.

2.30–3.30pm

LSO DISCOVERY

Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds Recommended by Classic FM

Saturday 14 July LSO St Luke’s

7–9pm

LSO DISCOVERY

SOUNDHUB SHOWCASE PHASE I

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Booking Information BOX OFFICE 020 7638 8891 lso.co.uk or in person at the Barbican BARBICAN CONCERT TICKETS LSO Season Concerts £55 £40 £30 £20 £15 + booking fee per transaction of £3 online or £4 by phone (no fees when booked in person) Half Six Fix (1 Nov, 21 Dec & 28 Mar) £40 £30 £20 £15 £12 + fees as above A Choral Christmas (3 Dec) £30 £25 £20 £15 £12 + fees as above LSO DISCOVERY TICKETS Family Concerts £15 £10 adults, £5 children + fees as Barbican concerts (morning workshops for ticket-holders £7 adults, £5 children) Multibuy discount Book all three family concerts at the same time and save 10% on adult tickets LSO Singing Days £20 (£16 concessions) + booking fee per transaction of £0.60 online or £0.70 by phone LSO Discovery Days Full day tickets £20 (£16 concessions) £15 afternoon only (excludes 16 Sep) + fees as LSO Singing Days LSO On Track at 10 (5 Jul) £20 £15 £10 adults, £5 under-18s + fees as Barbican concerts LSO Soundhub Showcase (17 Mar, 14 Jul) £7 (£5 concessions) + fees as LSO Singing Days Storytelling for under-5s (24 Nov, 2 Feb, 22 Jun) £5 adults, £3 children + fees as LSO Singing Days

DISCOUNTS for LSO Season Concerts, Half Six Fix and A Choral Christmas Multibuy Discount Buy four or more events at the same time and save up between 20% and 40%. Book before 31 July 2017 and continue to use your discount for any further top-up* bookings you make later in the season Book 12 or more concerts save 40% Book 8–11 concerts save 30% Book 4–7 concerts save 20% * Top-up discount for all multibuy bookers – a special code will be sent following your initial booking LSO Live 20% discount for 8+ bookers – a special code will be sent following your initial booking Two free tickets to a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert for 12+ bookers – to claim your tickets email tickets@lso.co.uk with your booking reference and choice of concert

Live Relay Broadcast (14 Sep) From £15 + fees as LSO Singing Days LSO Discovery Day (16 Sep) £20 (£16 concessions) + fees as LSO Singing Days Composer Curated Concerts (16, 18, 20 & 23 Sep) £10 £17.50 £25 + fees as Barbican concerts Opera in a Day (17 Sep) £10 adults, £7 under-18s + fees as LSO Singing Days LSO On Track (24 Sep) £5 adults & under-18s + fees as LSO Singing Days Film Programme (17, 21 & 24 Sep) £10.50 + fees as LSO Singing Days Multibuy discount Book three or more events labelled ‘This is Rattle’ on pages 31-32, and save 10%.

lso.co.uk/subscriptions

BBC RADIO 3 CONCERTS at LSO ST LUKE’s

£10 Wildcard Tickets £10 + booking fee per transaction of £3 Guaranteed entry to the concert. Your seat will only be allocated on the day of the performance. Seats will be worth at least £15, and you could be seated in any higher price area lso.co.uk/wildcard

£14 (£12 concessions) + fees as LSO Singing Days

Online booking only. Tickets subject to availability, max 2 per person. Cannot guarantee that 2 tickets purchased at the same time will be seated next to each other

Tan Dun Trilogy (30 Nov) £35 £30 £25 £20 £17.50 + fees as Barbican concerts

Young People £5 for under-18s at all concerts £8 student tickets available on selected concerts via Student Pulse – visit lso.co.uk/otherdiscounts Groups Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount, or 30% for two or more concert bookings. Call 020 7382 7211 (10am–5pm Mon-Fri) lso.co.uk/groups

Tickets can be exchanged for another LSO concert or credit vouchers valid for six months, provided that you return them to the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings). Administration fee applies. Calls may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance or training purposes. All discounts are subject to availability and may not be combined. Information correct at time of going to print. The LSO reserves the right to change artists or programmes if necessary. Refunds will only be given in the event of a concert being cancelled.

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THIS IS RATTLE (14–24 SEPTEMBER)

Multibuy discount Book any four concerts for £10 each (excludes 15 & 22 Sep) SPECIAL BARBICAN EVENTS

National Youth Orchestra (7 Jan) £27 £22 £16 £10 + fees as Barbican concerts DISABLED VISITORS Join the Barbican Access Membership to inform us of your requirements. Members may be eligible for reductions on tickets, limited in number and subject to availability. Full details are available online at barbican.org.uk/ access and via the Box Office.


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Food, Drink & More

OSTERIA BY SEARCYS

BONFIRE LONDON

BARBICAN KITCHEN

Level 2, Barbican Centre 020 7588 3008 osterialondon.co.uk

Level 1, Barbican Centre 020 7588 3008 bonfirelondon.co.uk

Level G, Barbican Centre No reservation required barbican.org.uk/food

Italian cooking in the bistronomy style by chef Anthony Demetre.

Juicy burgers, rotisserie chicken and milkshakes in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the lake.

Offering hot dishes and salads from a counter-top service as well as sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees.

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