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Sir Antonio Pappano conducting the LSO

Ravel and Vaughan Williams

LSO Artist Portrait: Bertrand Chamayou


Thursday 18 April 2024 • 7pm

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The Concert

David Raksin The Bad and the Beautiful – Suite
Maurice Ravel
 Piano Concerto in G major
Interval – 20 minutes
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5

Sir Antonio Pappano  conductor
Bertrand Chamayou  piano
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 8.50pm (timings subject to change)


£70 £55 £39 £25 £18
+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

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Under-18s – £6 tickets
14–25s – discounts for Young Barbican Members
Groups of 10+ – save at least 20%
Access – free companion tickets for Barbican Access Members
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A playful concerto offers a boost to your mood, and a symphony reaches for hope in the midst of war.

The Programme

Like a ringmaster, Ravel sets his Piano Concerto in G major in motion with a flick of the whip. Here come Basque folk melodies, Spanish panache and American jazz. The fascinating melody in the middle section was a painstaking high-wire act for the composer. Ravel wrote, ‘That flowing phrase! How I worked over it bar by bar! It nearly killed me!’

Vaughan Williams was once taught by Ravel. His sophisticated, original Fifth Symphony deeply moved audiences who heard it at its premiere during World War II. Its bittersweet melodies and transcendent climax seem to offer listeners a vision of future peace.

The Performers

Like Ravel, Bertrand Chamayou once studied at the Paris Conservatoire. His fresh, assertive interpretation of the Piano Concerto – part of a wider LSO Artist Portrait series – makes it sound newly written.

Sir Antonio Pappano and the LSO follow up their stunning pre-pandemic performances of Vaughan Williams’ Fourth and Sixth Symphonies with this magnificent take on his popular Fifth.

The only love affair I ever had was with music.’ – Ravel

Recommended by Classic FM

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3

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£4 booking fee per transaction when booking online or by phone

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If you can no longer user your tickets, you can exchange them for another LSO concert or Barbican credit voucher (valid for six months). Please inform the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings). A per-ticket administration fee applies for all exchange services.

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

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£12 or £16 (£10 or £15 for Half Six Fix concerts), plus booking fee. You are guaranteed entry to the concert but you won’t know your exact seat until the evening of the performance. Will you be lucky and bag a top-price seat in the stalls? Find out more about Wildcards.

Young People

£6 tickets for under-18s. Discounted tickets are available for selected LSO concerts for 14–25s through Young Barbican, and for full-time students through Student Pulse London.

Groups of 10+

Save 20%, or 30% when booking two or more concerts in the same season, plus additional benefits. Find out more about group booking.

Access Members

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