2018/19 season opening fortnight

The 2018/19 London season at the Barbican Centre and LSO St Luke's, Sir Simon Rattle's second as Music Director, gets underway on Friday 7 September with two weeks of concerts and events for everyone to enjoy.

Full symphonic concerts in the Barbican Hall, free informal lunchtime concerts at LSO St Luke's, the Brass Ensemble, the choirs, Discovery Choirs, chamber music from BBC Radio 3... and for those not able to travel to London, look out for broadcasts on radio, on TV and online.

What's On

Friday 7 September 2018

Relaxed Performance
11.15–11.45am, LSO St Luke's
A free performance of Shostakovich's Piano Trio No 2, open to everyone, including young children, individuals with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities. Featuring LSO musicians Laurent Quenelle, Eve Caravassilis and Jean-Bernard Marie.
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Friday Lunchtime Concert
12.30–1.15pm, LSO St Luke's
LSO musicians Laurent Quenelle, Eve Caravassilis and Jean-Bernard Marie peform Shostakovich's Piano Trio No 2 in this free informal lunchtime concert presented by Rachel Leach. Rachel talks about the works and the instruments, and there are opportunities to ask questions of the musicians.
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Thursday 13 September 2018

LSO Brass Ensemble
6.30pm, London Wall Place
A free rush-hour performance by the LSO’s virtuoso 10-piece brass ensemble presented by London Wall Place in their stunning new gardens. Music by Grieg, Gershwin and Gomm.
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Friday 14 September 2018

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Artist Spotlight: Ingrid Fliter
1–2pm, LSO St Luke's
BBC Radio 3 invites four leading soloists to show us what they’re all about through an hour of music. Pianist Ingrid Fliter – a previous BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist – begins the series with her characteristically insightful interpretations of Chopin’s Nocturnes, showcasing the sensitivity of her playing and the poetry of the composer’s music.
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BBC Radio 3 Rush-Hour Artist Spotlight: Anne Queffelec
6.30–7.30pm, LSO St Luke's
In the second of BBC Radio 3's new series at LSO St Luke's and their first rush-hour concert, pianist Anne Queffélec brings her artistry to the wit and charm of Mozart’s music for piano.
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Saturday 15 September 2018

Brutalist Tapestry by Jason Bruges
Ongoing, Beech St Tunnel at the Barbican Centre
Commissioned by Culture Mile, Jason Bruges has created Brutalist Tapestry, a monumental kinetic installation that translates imagery, video, sound and binary data into tangible marks. The installation launches using sound from the latest LSO Live release Wonderful Town by Leonard Bernstein.

Sunday 16 September 2018

Pre-Concert Fanfares: Guildhall School of Music & Drama Brass Ensemble
From 6.30pm, Barbican Centre Foyers
A welcome to the LSO's new season at the Barbican from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Brass Ensemble. They will be playing Britten's Fanfare for St Edmundsbury from various vantage points around the foyers before the concert at 7pm.

LSO Season Opening Concert: New Music Britain
7pm, Barbican Hall
Music Director Sir Simon Rattle conducts an all-British programme to launch the new season, including the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Donum Simoni MMXVIII. With Mark-Anthony Turnage's wild double trumpet concerto Dispelling the Fears also on the programme, Rattle recomfirms his commitment to supporting the creation of new works by homegrown composers.
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Watch this concert live on Mezzo TV (mainland Europe)

BBC Radio 3 Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 17 September

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Pre-Concert Fanfares: LSO Discovery Choirs
From 6.45pm, Barbican Centre Foyers
The LSO Discovery Senior Choir will be welcoming people to the LSO's concert in the Barbican Hall with songs from Britten's Friday Afternoons, sung from various positions around the foyers.

LSO Concert: Roots & Origins
7.30pm, Barbican Hall
In the second concert of the new season, Sir Simon Rattle launches his Roots and Origins series with a rare combination of three distinctive works, each steeped in history and folk tradition: Dvorák's Slavonic Dances, Janácek's Sinfonietta and Britten's choral Spring Symphony.
Generously supported by the Reignwood Culture Foundation
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Wednesday 19 September 2018

LSO Concert: Roots & Origins
7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Sir Simon Rattle continues Roots and Origins with Janáček, Szymanowski and Sibelius, who transform myth and folklore into soaring musical effigies. We are joined by violinist Janine Jansen, who is renowned for her interpretation of Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto.
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Friday 21 September 2018

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Artist Spotlight: Víkingur Ólafsson
1–2pm, LSO St Luke's
Continuing the series, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson takes the focus in this BBC Radio 3 Artist Spotlight recital, exploring the intricate complexities of Bach’s solo music for keyboard.
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BBC Radio 3 Rush-Hour Artist Spotlight: Simone Dinnerstein
1–2pm, LSO St Luke's
Simone Dinnerstein, a pianist praised by The Independent for her ‘majestic originality of vision’, concludes this series of Artist Spotlight recitals with two works by Schubert, music of intimacy, warmth and luminous melodic beauty.
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 Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3

How to book

Online

Click on the links to browse each concert or download the PDF of the listings

download generic2018/19 season listings (PDF)

By phone

Call +44 20 7638 8891

In person

At Advance Box Office, Level G, Barbican