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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes sat at a grand piano, resting his head on his hand

Sweeping. Restless. Bracing.

Brave New World – Sibelius’ Second Symphony

NB: Change of conductor

Sunday 4 February 2024 • 7pm

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The Concert

Lotta Wennäkoski Om fotspår och ljus (Of Footprints and Light – Helsinki Variations)
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5, ‘Emperor’
Interval – 20 minutes
Jean Sibelius Symphony No 2

Dima Slobodeniouk  conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes  piano
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9.20pm (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.
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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%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets
Full details below

Bold and unconventional choices are there to be relished in music by Beethoven and Sibelius.

The Programme

Sibelius compared writing his daring Second Symphony to putting together a broken mosaic. For a listener, it’s only possible to marvel as stunning musical patterns shape themselves out of fragments.

In Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto, the piano makes an unexpected hero’s entrance with barely an introduction from the orchestra. But soon there’s a magnificent back and forth between soloist and ensemble, ending in a galloping finale.

Lotta Wennäkoski’s exquisite tone poem Of Footprints and Light quotes from an unfinished opera by the Finnish composer Ida Moberg, who studied with Sibelius.

The Performers

The landscapes of Sibelius are familiar territory for Dima Slobodeniouk, and the LSO summons fresh air and sunshine. Leif Ove Andsnes brings immaculate style to Beethoven’s best-loved Piano Concerto.

‘There is something about this music … that leads us to ecstasy; almost like a shaman with his magic drum.’ – Composer Sulho Ranta on Sibelius’ Second Symphony

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Change of conductor

Thomas Søndergård is unwell and has been advised not to travel by his doctor. He has therefore had to withdraw from the LSO concert on 4 February 2024. The LSO is most grateful to Dima Slobodeniouk for stepping in at short notice to conduct. The programme will remain unchanged. All ticket holders are in the process of being notified.
Posted Friday 2 February 9.15am


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Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

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By phone on +44 20 7870 2500 (Monday to Friday 12–5.30pm)
In person at the Barbican Centre

£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.

£10 Tickets for Students

Full-time students can book £10 tickets for this concert through Student Pulse London.

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