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Alison Balsom has long blonde hair and is wearing a black blazer against a dark background. She has her head turned slightly looking at her golden trumpet, which is standing upright on a table.

Bewitching Rhythms – Marsalis and Ravel

Dazzling. Mellifluous. Unearthly.

Thursday 11 April 2024 • 7pm

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The Concert

Wynton Marsalis Trumpet Concerto (UK premiere)*
Interval – 20 minutes
Maurice Ravel Daphnis and Chloé – complete ballet

Sir Antonio Pappano  conductor
Alison Balsom  trumpet
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9pm (timings subject to change)


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

Wildcard Tickets

£12/£16 + booking fee as above
Guaranteed entry – your seat will be allocated on the day.
Limited releases throughout the season. Full details

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Save on Your Booking

Multibuy Discounts – save up to 40%
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
Full details below

The gauzy soundscape of Ravel’s pastoral ballet meets a sparkling concerto by Wynton Marsalis, celebrating all the trumpet is capable of.

The Programme

In turn-of-the-century Paris, Ravel composed a ballet about ancient Greece for a Russian dance company. The result was music of fluid, diaphanous beauty, a languid drama of danger and desire.

Renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and musician Wynton Marsalis pays homage to the many great trumpeters that have come before him through this sprawling six-movement trumpet encyclopedia.

From Louis Armstrong to Johann Hummel, this masterpiece mingles jazz and blues, Copland-esque inflections, and classical traditions, with Marsalis’ signature flare. And, being a jazzer himself, there’s plenty of room left in the score for spontaneity.

The Performers

This is the first time Sir Antonio Pappano, Chief Conductor Designate, has conducted music by Marsalis, and he and the LSO pay tribute to the composer in this deeply felt performance. Alison Balsom is attuned to every nuance of the piece.

The choral phenomenon Tenebrae bring their unforgettable sound to Daphnis and Chloé.

I believe this to be the most important and impactful piece written for the trumpet in the last two hundred years or so’ – Alison Balsom

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*Co-commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra, Verbier Festival, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Swedish Radio

Header Image © Mark Allan

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Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

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

Refunds and Exchanges

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.

Multibuy Discounts

Book 2 to 3 concerts and save 10%
Book 4 to 7 concerts and save 20%
Book 8 to 11 concerts and save 30%
Book 12 or more concerts and save 40%

Plus retain your discount for any later bookings within the season.

Multibuy Discounts: Full Details


£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

Members of the Barbican’s Access Scheme can book wheelchair places priced at the lowest price for that event and book a free companion seat. Join the Barbican Access Scheme.

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