A free open-air concert in the heart of London
After a year away, and with the renewed support of our partner, BMW, the LSO is thrilled to announce the return of BMW Classics – our free summer concert in Trafalgar Square, showcasing the next generation of music stars.
On Sunday 15 August 2021, a giant temporary stage in the Square will host Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, joined by young musicians from the LSO’s pioneering East London Academy and teenage violin prodigy Leia Zhu, guest soloist for Saint-Saëns’ great showpiece, Introduction and Rondo capriccioso.
The programme features music inspired by the theme of dance and ballet, with Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, in addition to the first live performance of Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s DreamCity, for which the young East London musicians join the ranks of the LSO.
For our audiences around the world, the concert will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel and made available for a further 90 days.
Entry is free and the concert begins at 6.30pm – we advise that you arrive early to secure a place. The capacity of this year's event has been lowered to allow for additional space in the Square for the comfort and safety of the audience, however we encourage all those attending to wear a face covering in any crowded or inside areas.
Pictures from BMW Classics 2019
Sunday 15 August 2021, 6.30pm
Dvořák Slavonic Dances Op 46 – Nos 1 & 3
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
FREE ENTRY – take your place early for a 6.30pm start
No glass or furniture in the Square.
Behind the scenes
Get a flavour of this unique event by looking behind the scenes at the last concert in 2019.
Watch the concert on our YouTube channel, available on demand for 90 days.