Autumn 2021 Concerts


‘If ever any of us were in danger of taking one chord of a piece for granted, that has gone. The past months have allowed us to admit how much we desperately need music, and that we are meant to have an audience there to hear it. That’s one of many reasons we are thrilled to be performing these works in London, and look forward to sharing them with you.’
Sir Simon Rattle OME CBE
LSO Music Director

We are delighted to share with you details of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Autumn season from September to December 2021, for which we are looking forward to being in our Barbican home, where the LSO is Resident Orchestra, and at LSO St Luke's. We hope that you will find much to enjoy in our Autumn season, and look forward to welcoming you to a concert very soon.

At the Barbican   At LSO St Luke's   Booking info

Concerts outside London and on tour

For listings of concerts not taking place at our home venues of the Barbican and LSO St Luke's,
please visit the Calendar page filtered by 'On Tour'.

At the Barbican

Sunday 12 September 7pm

Season Launch:
New Music Britain
Julian Anderson, Judith Weir, Vaughan Williams & Maxwell Davies

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
Robert Jordan bagpipes
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Chorus

> Full info

Wednesday 15 September 6.30pm

Half Six Fix: Beethoven 6

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

> Full info

Thursday 16 September 7pm

Ondřej Adámek & Beethoven 

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

> Full info

Sunday 19 September 7pm

Bruckner's Journey to the Romantic Symphony

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

> Full info

Wednesday 6 October 7pm

Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit
Martinů & Shostakovich

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola

> Full info

Sunday 10 October 7pm

Lili Boulanger, Shostakovich & Dvořák

Daniel Harding conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

> Full info



Thursday 28 October 7pm

Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit
Walton & Brahms

Robin Ticciati conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola

> Full info

Sunday 31 October 7pm

Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit
Jörg Widmann & Dvořák

Daniel Harding conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola

> Full info

Sunday 7 November 2.30pm

LSO Discovery Family Concert

> Full info

Wednesday 10 November 6.30pm

Half Six Fix: Beethoven's 'Eroica'

François-Xavier Roth conductor

> Full info

Thursday 11 November 7pm

Gossec, Saint-Saëns & Beethoven

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Bertrand Chamayou piano

> Full info

Friday 19 November 7.30pm

EFG London Jazz Festival:
LSO / 
Soweto Kinch

The world premiere of Soweto Kinch’s new work for orchestra

Lee Reynolds conductor

> Full info


Thursday 25 November 7pm

Sally Beamish & Prokofiev

Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Janine Jansen violin
Martin Fröst clarinet

> Full info

Sunday 28 November 3pm

A Choral Winter Celebration

Simon Halsey conductor
London Symphony Chorus
LSO Musicians

> Full info

Wednesday 8 December 6.30pm

Half Six Fix: Mahler 4

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano

> Full info

Thursday 9 December 7pm

Rozsa & Bartók

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Roman Simovic violin

> Full info

Wednesday 15 December 6.30pm

Half Six Fix: Concerto for Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

> Full info

Thursday 16 December 7pm

Debussy, Berlioz & Mahler

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano

> Full info

At LSO St Luke's

Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit

Alongside his Artist Portrait series with the LSO on the Barbican stage, violinist Antoine Tamestit brings one orchestral concert and a more intimate chamber music series to LSO St Luke’s - part of the BBC Radio 3 Concerts, joined by a cast of musical colleagues.

For further information about all of Tamestit's concerts with us this season click here.

Orchestral concert

Thursday 14 October 6.30pm

Walton & Brahms

Robin Ticciati conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola
London Symphony Orchestra

Full info

BBC Radio 3 concerts 

Friday 8 October 1pm

Tristan Murail, Bruno Mantovani, Elliott Carter, Bethan Morgan-Williams & Luciano Berio

Antoine Tamestit viola
Colin Currie percussion

> Full info

Friday 15 October 1pm

Max Bruch, Jörg Widmann,György Kurtág & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Antoine Tamestit viola
Jörg Widmann clarinet

> Full info

Friday 15 October 6pm

J.S. Bach Cello Suites Nos 1,2 & 3

Antoine Tamestit viola

> Full info

Friday 29 October 1pm

Béla Bártok, György Kurtág & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Antoine Tamestit viola
Arod Quartet

> Full info

All concerts will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for future broadcast.


BBC Radio 3 concerts: Haydn Plus

Chamber pieces by composers from across the eras are paired with music by Joseph Haydn, shedding new light on the composer known as ‘the Father of the String Quartet’.

Friday 17 September 1pm

Joseph Haydn Sonata in A-flat No 31
Muzio Clementi Sonata in A major, Op 50 No 1
Franz Liszt Grosses Konzert solo - concerto pathétique

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano

> Full info

Friday 17 September 6pm

A selection of songs by Joseph Haydn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel & Franz Schubert.

Ashley Riches baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

> Full info

Friday 1 October 1pm

Joseph Haydn Piano Trio in A major, Hob 15/9
Franz Schubert
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Piano Trio in D major

Trio Karenine

> Full info

Friday 1 October 6pm

Joseph Haydn String Quartet Op 76 No 2, 'Fifths'
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No 1

Aris String Quartet

> Full info

All concerts will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for future broadcast.


LSO Discovery Friday Lunchtime Concerts

Make the most of your lunchbreak and enjoy a free, 45-minute informal concert at LSO St Luke’s. With introductions from presenter Rachel Leach, these free concerts are the perfect opportunity to learn more about music and the instruments of the orchestra!

Repertoire and artists to be confirmed

Friday 10 September 12.30pm

Ethel Smyth Quartet in E minor (first movement)
Gioachino Rossini Duetto in D for cello and double bass (first movement)
Alexander Borodin Sextet in D minor (first movement)
Leroy Anderson Plink, Plank, Plunk

Members of the LSO String Experience

Friday 22 October 12.30pm

Friday 19 November 12.30pm

Grażyna Bacewicz Quartet No. 4
Samuel Coleridge Taylor Two movements from Fantasistucke

Zephyr Quartet

Friday 26 November 12.30pm

Booking Information

Ticket sales are currently only available in advance online, via the LSO or Barbican websites.
If you have any booking queries you can contact us on email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On sale dates

Priority Booking

  • From Friday 25 June at 10am for LSO Patrons, LSO Pioneers & LSO Ambassador Friends
  • From Monday 28 June at 10am for all LSO Friends (Ambassador, Benefactor, Associate & Supporter levels)

Public Booking

  • From Tuesday 6 July at 10am

BBC Radio 3 Concerts

  • From Friday 30 July at 10am

Booking fees 

Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket

Barbican Centre: £3 online booking fee
LSO St Luke's: £0.60 online booking fee


> Multibuys & Top-ups
> Wildcard Tickets
> Young People
> Groups (10+)

Exchanges and refunds

If for any reason you are unable to use your tickets, we offer a flexible exchange service. Tickets can be exchanged for another LSO concert or Barbican credit vouchers valid for six months, provided that you inform the Box Office and return any physical tickets at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings). A per ticket administration fee applies for all exchange services.


Join the Barbican Access Membership to inform us of your requirements. Members may also be eligible for a 50% discount on tickets for the member and a companion (discount limited and subject to availability). To book tickets Access Members should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 3855 4745 (Mon–Fri 1-4pm).

Getting to our venues

> Your Visit 

The LSO reserves the right to change artists or programmes if necessary. If the event is cancelled, all bookers will receive a refund.

All information correct at time of publishing.

All discounts are subject to availability and may not be combined.

Box office calls may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance or training purposes.

Download a paper guide

If you would prefer to read the listings in one place, you can download and print our Autumn guide.

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Programme notes

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