2017/18 season


September 2017–June 2018, Barbican Centre

 

How to book

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

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2017/18 season listings (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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2017/18 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

Introducing a new Visual Identity

The feature artwork at the top of this page 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 our 2017/18 season guide. You can watch the film and find out more at our 2017/18 season microsite alwaysmoving.lso.co.uk.

Always Moving

 

Season concerts

Barbican Season

Please carefully check for start times as some differ

September 2017

14–24 September: This Is Rattle celebration

> Full listings for this 10-day celebration are available on our 2017/18 microsite

> Thu 14 Sep: 2017/18 season opening concert/Sir Simon Rattle
> Thu 14 Sep: live simulcast on the Sculpture Court
> Sun 17 Sep: Berlioz The Damnation of Faust/Rattle
> Tue 19 Sep: Berlioz The Damnation of Faust/Rattle
> Thu 21 Sep: Stravinsky ballet music/Rattle
> Sun 24 Sep: Stravinsky ballet music/Rattle

Other This Is Rattle events:
> Thu 14 Sep: Sculture Court live relay
> Fri 15 Sep 1pm: BBC Radio 3 Artist Spotlight – Ingrid Fliter
> Fri 15 Sep 6.30pm: BBC Radio 3 Artist Spotlight – Veronika Eberle
> Sat 16 Sep: Discovery Day – Faust in Music
> Sat 16 Sep: Oliver Knussen Curates
> Sun 17 Sep: Opera in a Day – The Faust Legend
> Sun 17 Sep: Sir Simon on Film – Henry V
> Mon 18 Sep: Free Lunchtime Concert
> Mon 18 Sep: Thomas Adès Curates
> Wed 20 Sep: Helen Grime Curates
> Thu 21 Sep: Sir Simon on Film – The Making of a Maestro
> Fri 22 Sep 1pm: BBC Radio 3 Artist Spotlight – Olena Tokar
> Fri 22 Sep 6.30pm: BBC Radio 3 Artist Spotlight – Esther Yoo
> Sat 23 Sep: Harrison Birtwistle Curates
> Sun 24 Sep: LSO On Track
> Sun 24 Sep: Sir Simon On Film – Rhythm Is It

This Is Rattle exhibitions & installations:
> 14–21 Sep: BBC Radio 3 at the Barbican Old Shop
> 14 Sep–22 Dec: Rattle Recast foyer installation
> 14 Sep–7 Jan: Interlock: Friends Pictured Within foyer installation
> 14 Sep–22 Dec: Exhibition: Simon Rattle in Barbican Music Library

Full listings for this 10-day celebration are available on our 2017/18 microsite

October 2017
Thu 5 Oct: Semyon Bychkov/Janine Jansen
> Tue 10 Oct: Bernard Haitink/Emanuel Ax
> Sun 15 Oct: Bernard Haitink/Veronika Eberle
> Thu 19 Oct: Bernard Haitink/Veronika Eberle
> Thu 26 Oct: Eisenstein's October
> Sun 29 Oct: Gianandrea Noseda/Khatia Buniatishvili

November 2017
> Wed 1 Nov: Half Six Fix/Tchaikovsky 4
> Sun 5 Nov: Bernstein 100/Alsop
> Wed 8 Nov: Bernstein 100/Alsop
> Sun 26 Nov: Sir Antonio Pappano/Alice Sara Ott
Thu 30 Nov: Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy

December 2017
Sun 3 Dec: A Choral Christmas
> Thu 7 Dec: Nikolaj Znaider
> Wed 13 Dec: Das Lied von der Erde/Rattle
> Sat 16 Dec: Bernstein 100/Rattle
> Sun 17 Dec: Das Lied von der Erde/Rattle
> Thu 21 Dec: Half Six Fix/Bernstein Wonderful Town

January 2018
Thu 11 Jan: Sir Simon Rattle/Magdelena Kozená
> Sat 13 Jan: Genesis Suite/Rattle
> Sun 14 Jan: Sir Simon Rattle/Isabelle Faust
> Sun 21 Jan: The Young Debussy/Roth
> Thu 25 Jan: Essential Debussy/Roth

February 2018
Sun 4 Feb: Mahler 2/Bychkov
> Thu 8 Feb: Elgar 1/Elder
> Sun 11 Feb: Elgar 2/Elder
> Sun 18 Feb: Daniel Harding/Leonidas Kavakos
> Thu 22 Feb: Robin Ticciati/Alina Ibragimova

March 2018
Sun 11 Mar: Schumann 2/Gardiner
> Thu 15 Mar: Schumann 4/Gardiner
> Sun 25 Mar: Debussy and Beyond/Roth
> Wed 28 Mar: Half Six Fix/Roth

April 2018
> Sun 8 Apr: Shostakovich 8/Noseda
> Sun 15 Apr: Susanna Mälkki/Daniel Müller-Schott
> Thu 19 Apr: Mahler 9/Rattle
> Sun 22 Apr: The Rose Lake/Rattle
> Thu 26 Apr: Mahler 9/Rattle

May 2018
Thu 17 May: Sibelius symphonies/Michael Tilson Thomas
> Sun 20 May: Missa Solemnis/Michael Tilson Thomas

June 2018
Sun 3 Jun: Gianandrea Noseda/Yefim Bronfman
> Sun 24 Jun: Shostakovich 10/Noseda

July 2018
Thu 5 Jul: LSO On Track at 10

 

Season Themes

This Is Rattle
14–24 September 2017

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 Barbican Guildhall Associate Artist, we bring you ten days of celebratory events of which everyone can be a part.

Full listings for this 10-day celebration are available on our 2017/18 microsite

More Sir Simon Rattle in 2017/18:
> Wed 13 & Sun Dec: Das Lied von der Erde
> Sat 16 & Thu 21 Dec: Bernstein Wonderful Town
> Thu 11 Jan: with Magdelena Kozená
> Sat 13 Jan: Genesis Suite
> Sun 14 Jan: 20th Century Masters
> Thu 19 & Thu 26 Apr: Mahler 9
> Sun 22 Apr: The Rose Lake & Mahler 10

Bernstein Centenary
November 2017

Celebrating the great conductor, composer, thinker, teacher, author, television star, provocateur and humanitarian – not to mention LSO President – ahead of the centenary of his birth in 2018.

> Sat 7 Oct: Singing Day: Chichester Psalms
> Sat 4 Nov: Family Concert
> Sun 5 Nov: Kaddish Symphony
> Wed 8 Nov: Jeremiah Symphony
> Sat 16 Dec: The Age of Anxiety/Wonderful Town
> Thu 21 Dec: Wonderful Town

The Essential Debussy
François-Xavier Roth

As part of the Debussy centenary François-Xavier Roth explores the influences and legacy of Debussy, from his early years through to those composers who, in Roth's words, were his musical sons.

> Sun 21 Jan: The Young Debussy
> Thu 25 Jan: Essential Debussy
> Sun 25 Mar: Debussy and Beyond

New Music Britain
Today's music

Over the past decade and more the LSO has worked with nearly 200 young and early-career composers, over 40 of whom have had their works premiered in the main season. This series features some of our best composers working in this country today.

> Thu 14 Sep: Helen Grime, Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès
> Sun 15 & Thu 19 Oct: Thomas Adès
> Sun 18 Feb: Helen Grime
> Sun 25 Mar: Ewan Campbell
> Sun 15 Apr: Patrick Giguere
> Thu 19 &Thu 26 Apr: Helen Grime
> Sun 22 Apr: Tippett
> Sat 17 Mar & Sat 14 Jul: LSO Soundhub Showcases
> Sun 18 Mar: Panufnik Composers Scheme workshop

Missa Solemnis & Choral Highlights
Great Choral Works

> Sun 17 & Tue 19 Sep: Berlioz The Damnation of Faust/Rattle
> Sun 5 Nov: Bernstein Kaddish Symphony/Alsop
> Sun 26 Nov: Lizst Faust Symphony/Sir Antonio Pappano
> Sun 3 Dec: A Choral Christmas
> Sat 16 & Thu 21 Dec: Bernstein Wonderful Town/Rattle
> Sun 4 Feb: Mahler Symphony No 2/Bychkov
> Sun 20 May: Beethoven Missa Solemnis/Michael Tilson Thomas
> Sat 7 Oct & Sat 10 Mar: LSO Singing Days

Dmitri Shostakovich
Gianandrea Noseda

The LSO Principal Conductor continues his complete survey of Shostakovich's fifteen symphonies.

> Sun 8 Apr: Shostakovich Symphony No 8
> Sun 24 Jun: Shostakovich Symphony No 10

 

Free Friday Lunchtime Concert series

All concerts start at 12.30pm

> Mon 18 Sep
> Fri 29 Sep
> Fri 20 Oct
> Fri 17 Nov
> Fri 12 Jan
> Fri 26 Jan
> Fri 2 Mar
> Fri 23 Mar
> Fri 27 Apr
> Fri 11 May
> Fri 1 Jun
> Fri 29 Jun

Storytelling for Under 5s

> Fri 24 Nov
> Fri 2 Feb
> Fri 22 Jun

Opera in a Day

> Sun 17 Sep: The Faust Legend

 

 

Singing Days

Sat 7 Oct: Bernstein Chichester Psalms
> Sat 10 Mar: Tippett's A Child of our Time

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

Discovery Days

Sat 16 Sep: Faust in Music
> Sun 29 Oct: Prokofiev
> Sun 11 Feb: Elgar
> Sun 22 Apr: Tippett

Family Concerts

All concerts start at 2.30pm

Sat 4 Nov: Celebrating Bernstein
> Sun 25 Feb
> Sun 8 Jul

 

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts

All concerts start at 1pm
NB Change of day from previous seasons

This Is Rattle Artist Spotlights
> Fri 15 Sep 1pm: Ingrid Fliter
> Fri 15 Sep 6.30pm: Veronika Eberle
> Fri 22 Sep 1pm: Olena Tokar
> Fri 22 Sep 6.30pm: Esther Yoo

Shostakovich Plus
> Fri 6 Oct: Carducci Quartet
> Fri 13 Oct: Truls Mørk/Havard Gimse
> Fri 3 Nov: Trio Wanderer
> Fri 10 Nov: Meta4 String Quartet/Alasdair Beatson

Debussy & Pizzetti
> Fri 9 Feb: Cédric Tiberghien
> Fri 16 Feb: Cédric Tiberghien
> Fri 9 Mar: BBC Singers
> Fri 16 Mar: Cédric Tiberghien

 

 

 


Michael Collins & Friends
> Fri 23 Feb: with Lawrence Power & Michael McHale
> Fri 30 Mar: with Leonard Elschenbroich & Michael McHale
> Fri 6 Apr: with the Heath Quartet
> Fri 13 Apr: with Michael McHale

Academy of Ancient Music
> Fri 18 May
> Fri 25 May
> Fri 8 Jun
> Fri 15 Jun

 

 

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