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Sir Antonio Pappano conducting the LSO

Kirill Gerstein: Spotlight Artist

Genius in Full Flow – Beethoven, Adès and Bartók

Inspired. Irrepressible. Enthralling.

Thursday 12 October 2023 • 7pm

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The Concert

Béla Bartók Divertimento for Strings
Thomas Adès Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Interval – 20 minutes
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 7

Sir Antonio Pappano  conductor
Kirill Gerstein  piano
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9pm (timings are 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

A triumphantly brilliant symphony and an instantly popular 21st-century concerto.

The Programme

At the first performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No 7, the crowd demanded an immediate encore of the astonishingly beautiful second movement. 21st-century listeners may be familiar with its stirring melody from the climactic moment of the film The King’s Speech. Beethoven himself wrote that this ‘Grand Symphony in A’ was ‘one of my very best’. To hear it live is a thrilling experience.

This performance opens with the delightful romp of Bartók’s Divertimento and Thomas Adès’ stylish Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. In Pappano’s own words, the Concerto ‘is incredible because it jumps off the page: somehow it dances, it moves. It has an amazing funeral march type of second movement, which has a tread that somehow provokes the inner rhythm of us all.’

The Performers

Sir Antonio Pappano, Chief Conductor Designate, and the LSO bring out the inspiration and passion of these rewarding works. Adès’ concerto was composed with Kirill Gerstein in mind – this is the performance you want to hear live, forming part of Gerstein’s Spotlight Artist series.

Music needs to move people … after listening to something, we should be enlightened somehow, shown different emotional corners in the human experience. Thomas Adès does this in a virtuosic way.

– Sir Antonio Pappano

Read the programme (PDF)


Generously supported by The Huo Family Foundation

Header Image © Mark Allan

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.

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