Skip to main content
What’s On
Sir Antonio Pappano photographed against a grey background, sat in a chair and looking away from the camera into the distance.

Epic. Joyful. Cosmic.

Elgar and Holst The Planets

Sir Antonio Pappano and Vilde Frang


Thursday 12 September 2024 • 7pm

Book Tickets

Edward Elgar
Violin Concerto (46 mins)
Gustav Holst
The Planets – Suite (50 mins)

Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
Vilde Frang violin
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9.05pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings subject to change).


£70 £55 £39 £26 £18
+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

Save on Your Booking


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

Check for Wildcards

Other Discounts

Multibuy Discounts: save up to 40%
Discounts for 18s-and-under, 14–25s and full-time students
Groups of 10+ save at least 20%
Free companion tickets for Barbican Access Members

Full details on all discounts below

The Concert

Two giants of British music, and two blistering orchestral works from the early 20th century, as Sir Antonio Pappano begins his first season as Chief Conductor of the LSO.

The Music

Elgar’s lyrical Violin Concerto was inscribed with the mysterious phrase, ‘Herein is enshrined the soul of ….’. The whole ensemble glows across three emotionally expansive movements – at times tempestuous, at others heartbreakingly tender.

Completed in 1917, Holst’s The Planets can still surprise us. From ‘Mars’ – the piece that inspired countless film soundtracks – to the swelling majesty of ‘Jupiter’ and the atmospheric fade-out of ‘Neptune’, this is composition on a cosmic scale.

The Performers

Vilde Frang brings emotional sincerity to her rendition of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, while Sir Antonio Pappano and the LSO delve into each celestial mood of Holst’s masterpiece, joined by Tenebrae for the enigmatic final movement.

This music sings and soars; it has anguish, beauty, romance, tranquility and agitation.
Sir Antonio Pappano, on Elgar’s Violin Concerto

Concert recorded for future broadcast by



Recommended by Classic FM

Recommended by Classic FM

Dive Deeper

You Might Like

Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

Online at or
By phone on +44 20 7870 2500 (Monday to Friday 12–5.30pm)
In person at the Barbican Centre (no booking fee)

Refunds and Exchanges

Contact the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings) to exchange your tickets for another LSO concert or Barbican credit voucher, valid for six months. A per-ticket administration fee applies.

The LSO reserves the right to change artists or programmes if necessary. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, all bookers will receive a refund.

Questions About Your Booking?

Contact the Barbican Box Office at

Visit the Barbican website for conditions of sale.

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

Multibuy Discounts

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

Retain your discount for any later bookings within the season. Find out more about Multibuy Discounts.


£12 or £16 (£10 or £15 for Half Six Fix concerts), plus booking fee. Check availability using the Wildcards button above. On the concert night, show your Wildcard order email at the Stalls box office to receive a valid ticket worth at least £18 (£15 for Half Six Fix). Find out more about Wildcards.

Young People and Students

18 and under: £6 tickets. Book online, by phone or in person.
14–25s: Join Young Barbican for discounted tickets to selected concerts.
Full-time students: Join Student Pulse for £6 or £10 tickets to selected LSO concerts.

Groups of 10+

Save 20% to 30% and enjoy 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.

Your Visit and Access

Header Image © Frances Marshall