2016/17 season

September 2016–June 2017, Barbican Centre


How to book

Click on the links below to browse the season, flip through the brochure to the left or download a PDF

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2016/17 season brochure (PDF)

By phone

Call +44 20 7638 8891

In person
At Advance Box Office, Level G, Barbican

By post
Download a booking form and send it to LSO, Freepost KE7766, London EC2B 2RR

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2016/17 booking form (PDF)

Booking fees

Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket. The fee includes the first class postage of your tickets if time permits.

Barbican Centre: £3 online booking fee, £4 telephone booking fee 
LSO St Luke's: £0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee

Full details of ticket prices, multibuy discounts, booking fees and group booking discounts

Barbican Season

All Sunday concerts start at 7pm
Concerts on all other days start at 7.30pm

September 2016
> Sun 18 Sep: Verdi Requiem/Gianandrea Noseda
Generously suppported by Reignwood
> Mon 19 Sep: Leif Ove Andsnes Solo Recital
> Tue 20 Sep: Verdi Requiem/Gianandrea Noseda
Generously suppported by Reignwood
> Thu 22 Sep: Gianandrea Noseda/Philip Cobb
> Sun 25 Sep: Daniel Harding/Nikolaj Znaider/Christiane Karg

October 2016
> Sun 16 Oct: Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Alina Ibragimova
> Thu 20 Oct: Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Alina Ibragimova

November 2016
> Sun 6 Nov: Kristjan Järvi/Synergy Vocals
> Thu 10 Nov: André Previn/Daniel Müller-Schott
> Thu 17 Nov: Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition Final
> Thu 24 Nov: Sir Antonio Pappano/Roman Simovic
> Sat 26 Nov: The Best of John Williams
> Tue 29 Nov: Barry Douglas
> Wed 30 Nov: Barry Douglas

December 2016
> Sun 4 Dec: John Adams El Niño
> Thu 8 Dec: John Adams/Leila Josefowicz
> Wed 14 Dec: Fabien Gabel/James Ehnes
Supported by LSO Friends
> Sun 18 Dec: Nikolaj Znaider
> Wed 21 Dec: A Choral Christmas

January 2017
> Fri 13 Jan: Giovanni Antonini/LSO Chamber Orchestra at Milton Court
> Sat 14 Jan: Ligeti Le grand macabre (semi-staged performance)
> Sun 15 Jan: Ligeti Le grand macabre (semi-staged performance)
> Thu 19 Jan: Sir Simon Rattle
> Thu 26 Jan: Alpesh Chauhan/Benjamin Grosvenor

February 2017
> Sun 5 Feb: Sir Antonio Pappano/Janine Jansen
> Wed 8 Feb: Sir Antonio Pappano/Jonas Kaufman/Karita Mattila/Eric Halfvarson
> Wed 15 Feb: Daniel Harding/Håkan Hardenberger
Supported by LSO Patrons

March 2017
> Sun 12 Mar: Valery Gergiev/Janine Jansen
> Thu 16 Mar: Fabio Luisi/Igor Levit
> Sun 19 Mar: Fabio Luisi/London Symphony Chorus
> Thu 23 Mar: Alain Altinoglu/Gautier Capuçon
> Thu 30 Mar: François-Xavier Roth/Simon Trpceski

April 2017
> Thu 6 Apr: Gianandrea Noseda/Janine Jansen
> Sun 9 Apr: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
> Thu 20 Apr: Panufnik Composers Workshop
> Sat 22 Apr: National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
> Sun 23 Apr: François-Xavier Roth/Antoine Tamestit

May 2017
> Sun 7 May: Sir Mark Elder/Anne-Sophie Mutter
> Sun 14 May: Nikolaj Znaider
> Thu 18 May: Sir Mark Elder/Roman Simovic/Tim Hugh
Supported by Baker & McKenzie LLP
> Tue 23 May: Bernard Haitink/Mahler 9
> Sun 28 May: Bernard Haitink/Bruckner 9

June 2017
> Thu 1 Jun: Bernard Haitink/Mitsuko Uchida
> Sun 4 Jun: Michael Tilson Thomas/Lisa Batiashvili
> Thu 8 Jun: Michael Tilson Thomas/Yuja Wang
> Thu 22 Jun: LSO Discovery Summer Showcase
> Sun 25 Jun: Daniel Harding/Anna Larsson

July 2017
> Sun 9 Jul: Sir Simon Rattle/Andrew Norman Children's Opera
> Tue 11 Jul: Sir Simon Rattle/Lang Lang
> Wed 12 Jul: Sir Simon Rattle/Lang Lang
Supported by LSO Music Director Donors


Season Themes

Sir Simon Rattle
Music Director Designate

Sir Simon Rattle’s 2016/17 concert season begins once more with a collaboration with the enigmatic Peter Sellars as the pair turn their attention to Ligeti’s Le grand macabre. His concerts will also see two world premieres – one a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the other a children’s opera by Andrew Norman – and an end of season concert with Lang Lang.

> Sat 14 & Sun 15 Jan 2017: Le grand macabre
> Thu 19 Jan 2017: Mark-Anthony Turnage world premiere
> Sun 9 Jul 2017: Andrew Norman children's opera
> Tue 11 & Wed 12 Jul 2017: with Lang Lang

Janine Jansen
2016/17 Artist Portrait

Star violinist Janine Jansen performs works by Bernstein, Brahms and Berg as this season’s LSO Artist Portrait. Many critics heap her with praise, The Independent recently commenting that 'Jansen's commandingly beautiful tone dignifies everything she plays'.

In partnership with Wigmore Hall

> Sun 5 Feb 2017: Bernstein Serenade
> Sun 12 Mar 2017: Brahms Violin Concerto
> Thu 6 Apr 2016: Berg Violin Concerto
+ recitals and chamber music taking place at Wigmore Hall

LSO Principals
Spotlight on LSO players

Five LSO Principal players take centre stage in performances across the 2016/17 season. Principal Trumpet Philip Cobb performs Haydn, Roman Simovic – the LSO's Leader – plays Bruch and also returns to the Brahms Double Concerto alongside Principal Cello Tim Hugh, and Tim and his counterpart Principal Cello Rebecca Gilliver perform duos in a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.

> Thu 22 Sep 2016: Philip Cobb (trumpet)
> Thu 24 Nov 2016: Roman Simovic (violin)
> Wed 21 Dec 2016: LSO String Ensemble
> Thu 13 Apr 2017 1pm: Tim Hugh & Rebecca Gilliver (cellos)
> Thu 18 May 2017: Roman Simovic (violin) & Tim Hugh (cello)

Choral Cornucopia
Five major choral works

Gianandrea Noseda, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, John Adams, Fabio Luisi and Bernard Haitink all offer major choral works in 2016/17. Among them are Verdi’s powerful Requiem and a nativity oratorio by John Adams – El Niño – conducted by the composer himself.

> Sun 18 & Tue 20 Sep 2016: Verdi Requiem
> Sun 16 & Thu 20 Oct 2016: Mendelssohn Symphony Cantata
> Sun 4 Dec 2016: John Adams El Niño
> Sun 19 Mar 2017: Brahms German Requiem
> Sun 28 May 2017: Bruckner Te Deum


Free Friday Lunchtime Concert series

All concerts start at 12.30pm

The Americas: pioneering music from the New World
Fri 16 Sep, 21 Oct, 4 & 25 Nov

Romantic Europe: music from the heart of Europe
Fri 10 & 24 Feb, 17 Mar, 7 Apr

Northern Lights: illuminating music from the northern countries of the world
Fri 5 May, 9 & 23 Jun, 7 Jul

Supported by the Schroder Charity Trust


Singing Days

Sat 17 Sep: Verdi Requiem
Sat 5 Mar: Brahms German Requiem
Sun 9 Apr: Bruckner Favourites

LSO Sing is supported by the John S Cohen Foundation and Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement

Discovery Days

> Sun 6 Nov: Steve Reich
> Sun 5 Feb: Nielsen
> Sun 19 Mar: Brahms & Schubert
> Sun 4 Jun: Tchaikovsky

Family Concerts

All concerts start at 2.30pm

> Sat 3 Dec: Roald Dahl Centenary
> Sun 26 Mar
> Sat 3 Jun: The Firebird

Supported by LSO Friends


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts

All concerts start at 1pm

Mozart & Tchaikovsky
> Thu 6 Oct: Pavel Kolesnikov
> Thu 13 Oct: Sitkovetsky Piano Trio
> Thu 20 Oct: Robin Tritchler/Iain Burnside
> Thu 24 Nov: Ehnes String Quartet

Lawrence Power & Friends
> Thu 27 Oct: Lawrence Power
> Thu 3 Nov: Lawrence Power/Paul Watkins/Simon Crawford-Phillips
> Thu 10 Nov: Vilde Frang/Lawrence Power/Nicolas Altstaedt
> Thu 17 Nov: Lawrence Power/Vertavo String Quartet

Russian Revolutionaries
> Thu 2 Feb: Elisabeth Leonskaja
> Thu 9 Feb: Alexei Volodin
> Thu 16 Feb: Anna Vinnitskaya
> Thu 23 Feb: Vadym Kholodenko





The Nash Ensemble: Bruch & Vaughan Williams
Thu 2 Mar
Thu 9 Mar
Thu 16 Mar
Thu 30 Mar

Thu 6 Apr: Narek Hakhnazaryan/Pavel Kolesnikov
Thu 13 Apr: Tim Hugh/Rebecca Gilliver
Thu 27 Apr: Christian Poltéra/Kathryn Stott
Thu 4 May: Alban Gerhardt/Steven Osborne


Top photo: a handful of the LSO's Members who have served over 20 years in the Orchestra. From left to right: Edward Vanderspar (Principal Viola), Harriet Rayfield (First Violin), Andrew Marriner (Principal Clarinet), Patrick Harrild (Principal Tuba), Andrew Pollock (Second Violin), Jonathan Lipton (Horn), Matthew Gardner (Second Violin), Sylvain Vasseur (First Violin), Elizabeth Pigram (First Violin), Noel Bradshaw (Cello), Patrick Laurence (Double Bass).
Photo taken by Ranald Mackechnie.