2019/20 season

September 2019–July 2020, Barbican Centre

Season themes

Sir Simon Rattle 19/20 season concerts   Michael Tilson Thomas 19/20 season concerts    Gianandrea Noseda 19/20 season concerts 

Sir Simon Rattle: Roots & Origins
LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle continues the theme of Roots and Origins throughout the season. 'It's a journey we began back in 2018: exploring everything from the influence of European folk to jazz in American music.'

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Michael Tilson Thomas: 50th Anniversary with the LSO
From making his debut in his twenties to Principal Conductor and beyond, LSO Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas looks back at 50 years of history with the LSO.

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Gianandrea Noseda: Russian Roots
As the LSO celebrates 20 years of LSO Live, LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda reflects on his Shostakovich symphonies cycle, which is being recorded on the label, and how the music speaks to us today.

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François-Xavier Roth 19/20 season concerts    LSO Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit 19/20 season concerts  

Small Scale 19/20 season concerts

François-Xavier Roth: Bartók
In the 2019/20 season LSO Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth aims to introduce audiences and orchestra alike to new works and different musical combinations.

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LSO Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit
Antoine Tamestit has a clear mission: to make the audience fall in love with the viola – its possibilities, its soundworld, and its repertoire.

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LSO Chamber Orchestra: Small Scale
French harpsicordist and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm takes the reins of a reduced LSO as part of a collection of concerts highlighting a different side to the Orchestra.

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Barbican Concerts

Most concerts begin at 7.30pm, or 7pm on Sundays. Please carefully check for start times as some differ.

September 2019

> Sat 14 Sep: season opening concert
> Sun 15 Sep: Sir Simon Rattle/Messiaen
> Wed 18 Sep: Sir Simon Rattle/Emanuel Ax
> Thu 19 Sep: Sir Simon Rattle/Emanuel Ax

October 2019

> Thu 10 Oct: Alain Altinoglu/Simon Trpčeski
> Sat 12 Oct: LSO Chamber Orchestra at LSO St Luke's
> Sun 13 Oct 3pm: LSO Chamber Orchestra at LSO St Luke's
> Sun 20 Oct: Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Glagolitic Mass
> Thu 24 Oct: Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Truls Mørk
> Thu 31 Oct: Gianandrea Noseda/Denis Matsuev

November 2019

> Sun 3 Nov: Gianandrea Noseda/Denis Matsuev
> Sun 10 Nov: MTT 50th anniversary/Romeo & Juliet
> Wed 13 Nov: Half Six Fix/Michael Tilson Thomas
> Thu 14 Nov: MTT 50th anniversary/Nicola Benedetti
> Thu 28 Nov: Gianandrea Noseda/Janine Jansen

December 2019

> Thu 5 Dec: Gianandrea Noseda/Khatia Bhuniatishvili
> Thu 12 Dec: Sir Antonio Pappano/Sarah Connolly
> Sun 15 Dec: A Choral Christmas
> Sun 15 Dec: Emmanuelle Haïm/LSO Chamber Orchestra at Milton Court
> Thu 19 Dec: François-Xavier Roth/Alisa Weilerstein

January 2020

> Thu 9 Jan: Nathalie Stutzmann/Alina Ibragimova
> Wed 15 Jan: Half Six Fix/Sir Simon Rattle
> Thu 16 Jan: Sir Simon Rattle/Dorothea Röschmann
> Sun 19 Jan: Sir Simon Rattle/Christ on the Mount of Olives
> Thu 30 Jan: Gianandrea Noseda/Christian Tetzlaff


February 2020

> Sun 9 Feb: Gianandrea Noseda/Roman Simovic
Wed 12 Feb: Half Six Fix/Sir Simon Rattle
> Thu 13 Feb: Sir Simon Rattle/Christ on the Mount of Olives
> Sun 16 Feb: Sir Simon Rattle/Beethoven Choral Symphony
> Thu 27 Feb: Elim Chan/Lukáš Vondráček

March 2020

> Sun 1 Mar: André J Thomas/Symphonic Spirit
Sun 8 Mar: Karina Canellakis
> Thu 12 Mar: Susanna Mälkki
> Sun 15 Mar: Sir Antonio Pappano/Vilde Frang
> Wed 18 Mar: Half Six Fix/François-Xavier Roth
> Thu 19 Mar: François-Xavier Roth/Isabelle Faust
> Sun 22 Mar: François-Xavier Roth/Dukas
> Sun 29 Mar: Sir Mark Elder/Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

April 2020

> Sun 5 Apr: Gianandrea Noseda/MacMillan St John Passion
> Sun 19 Apr: LSO Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit/Daniel Harding
> Wed 22 Apr: Half Six Fix/Sir Simon Rattle
> Thu 23 Apr: Sir Simon Rattle/Duke Bluebeard's Castle
> Sun 26 Apr: Sir Simon Rattle/Patricia Kopatchinskaya/Camilla Tilling

May 2020

> Sun 17 May: LSO Discovery 30th Anniversary Showcase
> Thu 21 May: Ádám Fischer/Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
> Thu 28 May: Manfred Honeck/Anne-Sophie Mutter
> Sat 30 May: Sir Simon Rattle/Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
> Sun 31 May 7.30pm: Sir Simon Rattle/Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

June 2020

> Thu 4 Jun: Sir Simon Rattle/Percy Aldridge Grainger
> Sat 6 Jun: Sir Simon Rattle/Kirill Gerstein
> Thu 11 Jun: LSO Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit/François-Xavier Roth
> Sun 14 Jun: LSO Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit/Alan Gilbert

Family Concerts
Barbican Hall

All concerts start at 2.30pm
Suitable for 7- to 12-year-olds

> Sun 27 Oct 2019
Sat 7 Mar 2020
> Sat 16 May 2020

Musical Storytelling for Under-5s
LSO St Luke's

Two performances on each day at 10am & 11.30am

> Sun 24 Nov 2019
> Sun 29 Mar 2020
> Sat 11 Jul 2020

Free Friday Lunchtime Concert series
LSO St Luke's

All concerts start at 12.30pm (except 24 Apr 2020)


Bohemia & Beyond

> Fri 6 Sep
> Fri 27 Sep
> Fri 18 Oct
> Fri 15 Nov


From Russia with Love

> Fri 10 Jan
> Fri 7 Feb
> Fri 6 Mar
> Fri 20 Mar

Music Academy of the West

> Fri 24 Apr 1pm
> Fri 24 Apr 6.30pm

I Got Rhythm

> Fri 1 May
> Fri 22 May
> Fri 12 Jun
> Fri 3 Jul


Singing Days
LSO St Luke's

All Singing Days start at 11am

> Sat 22 Sep 2019: Beethoven Christ on the Mount of Olives
> Sun 15 Mar 2020: Mahler Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection'
> Sun 10 May: Back to Bach

Discovery Days
Barbican Hall & LSO St Luke's

All Discovery Days begin at 10am

> Sun 20 Oct 2019: Janáček
> Sun 19 Jan 2020: Beethoven
> Sun 22 Mar 2020: Dukas
> Sun 26 Apr 2020: Sounds for South America

Soundhub Showcases
LSO St Luke's

All Showcases begin at 7pm

> Sat 15 Feb 2020
> Sat 18 Jul 2020

Panufnik Composers Workshop
LSO St Luke's

> Thu 26 Mar 2020

Jerwood Composer+ Showcases
LSO St Luke's

> Sat 26 Oct 2019: Daniel Kidane/Juice Vocal Ensemble
> Sat 2 Nov 2019: Amir Konjani

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime and Rush-Hour Concerts
LSO St Luke's

All Lunchtime concerts start at 1pm; Rush-Hour concerts at 6.30 or 7.30pm


Bartók Plus

> Fri 13 Sep 1pm: Carducci Quartet
> Fri 20 Sep 1pm: Quatuor Voce
> Sat 21 Sep 1pm: Arcadia Quartet
> Fri 4 Oct 1pm: Meta4 String Quartet
> Fri 4 Oct 7.30pm: Vertavo String Quartet

Beethoven & Tippett

> Fri 11 Oct: Allan Clayton & James Baillieu
> Fri 25 Oct: LSO Ensembles
> Fri 1 Nov: Peter Donohoe
> Fri 8 Nov: Heath Quartet



Bach Up Close

> Fri 3 Jan: Alina Ibragimova & Carole Cerasi
> Fri 17 Jan: Alexander Sitkovsetsky & Maxim Rysanov
> Fri 24 Jan: Justin Taylor & Consone Quartet
> Fri 31 Jan: Federico Colli

Russian Roots

> Fri 28 Feb: Lawrence Power & Pavel Kolesnikov
> Fri 13 Mar: Katharina Konradi & Trio Gaspard
> Fri 3 Apr: Gringolts Quartet
> Fri 17 Apr: Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore

Antoine Tamestit and Friends

> Fri 8 May: with Arod Quartet
> Fri 15 May: with Jörg Widmann & Dénes Várjon
> Fri 5 Jun: with Masato Suzuki
> Fri 26 Jun: with Colin Currie

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

Create your season

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.

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Half Six Fix


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Great for Groups


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Young People

How to book


Reduced booking fee per transaction: £3.00 (Barbican Centre) or £0.60 (LSO St Luke's)

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

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By phone

Booking fee per transaction: £4.00 (Barbican Centre) or £0.70 (LSO St Luke's)

Call +44 20 7638 8891

In person

No booking fee

At Advance Box Office, Level G, Barbican

Get a copy of the full Season Guide

We're happy to post a copy of the full brochure to you. Please email [email protected] with your name and postal address.

2019/20 season guides


Always Moving

The feature artwork in the film and on 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. The data from this capture has been artistically developed into an animated short film of a journey back to our roots and origins.

LSO Visual Identity and Concept: Superunion
Feature Artwork: Lukas Vojir and Alexa Sirbu
Motion Capture: University of Portsmouth, Vicon Motion Systems Ltd