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Sir Antonio Pappano conducting, smiling and facing the musicians of the LSO.

Sweeping. Atmospheric. Brooding.

Elgar and Vaughan Williams 9

Sir Antonio Pappano and David Cohen


Sunday 15 December 2024 • 7pm

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Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony No 9 (30 mins)
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto (30 mins)
Arnold Bax
Tintagel (13 mins)

Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
David Cohen cello
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 8.45pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings subject to change).


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The Concert

Two reflective works from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar, plus Arnold Bax’s evocative portrait of the Cornish countryside.

The Music

At the time of his last symphony, Vaughan Williams had seen the damage of two world wars. The Ninth is a magnificent final statement, balancing dark with warmth, and dread with hope.

Reminiscent, ruminating and spiralling: Elgar’s Cello Concerto is unlike his early works and yet remains one of his most popular, from its unforgettable opening gesture, voiced by the cello, to its haunting themes.

Bax’s symphonic poem paints Tintagel Castle on a ‘sunny but not windless day’, evoking the characters who once inhabited it.

The Performers

In his first season as Chief Conductor, Sir Antonio Pappano places the spotlight on these late-career British works. Principal Cello David Cohen steps into the solo spot for the elegiac concerto.

A mellow glow suffuses the work … [Vaughan Williams’] Ninth Symphony is a masterpiece.
The New York Times

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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.

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