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Barbara Hannigan conducting the LSO

Season Opening with Barbara Hannigan

Stormy. Daring. Transformative.

Thursday 14 September 2023 • 7pm

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The Concert

György Ligeti Ramifications (for string orchestra)
Claude Vivier 
Wo bist du Licht!
(for mezzo-soprano, percussion, strings and tape)
Joseph Haydn 
Symphony No 26
Interval – 20 minutes
Luigi Nono 
Djamila Boupacha (for solo soprano)
Richard Strauss
 Death and Transfiguration

Barbara Hannigan  conductor & soprano
Fleur Barron
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9.05pm (timings subject to change)

Programme also being performed on Sunday 17 September


£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
An allocation of tickets is available for NHS staff for selected LSO concerts through Tickets for Good. Visit to register.

To open our 2023/24 Barbican season, Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts music that searches for light in dark times.

The Programme

Richard Strauss’ tone poems always express profound emotions. In Death and Transfiguration he explores the mysteries of life and death, illuminating a programme that takes listeners from darkness to light. Ligeti’s intense harmonies swarm into your ears in his Ramifications for strings – while Haydn’s ‘Lamentatione’ Symphony brings a thrilling contrast in musical style.

Vivier’s poetic Wo bist du Licht! (Where are you, light!) is a musical meditation on human suffering that incorporates audio tape reels of Martin Luther King Jr’s final speech and news of the Vietnam War. And Hannigan sings a tribute to an Algerian freedom fighter in Luigi Nono’s soaring aria Djamila Boupacha which longs for a fairer world.

The Performers

LSO Associate Artist Barbara Hannigan transfixes audiences with her definitive, boundary-pushing performances. For the opening concert of the season, she brings some of her favourite composers together in a signature eclectic mix, that covers over 200 years of music from Joseph Haydn to the unorthodox genius of Claude Vivier.

Critics praise Fleur Barron’s rich, honeyed voice. Her collaborations with Hannigan bring intensity and excitement to a spectrum of contemporary music.

Barbara Hannigan comes closer to having magic musical and theatrical powers than most singers on stage today.’ – The Guardian

Read the concert programme


Header Image © Mark Allan

£10 Tickets for Students

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

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£12 and £16 Wildcard Tickets

Book a Wildcard ticket for £12 or £16. You’re guaranteed entry to the concert, but you won’t know your seat until the evening of the performance. Will you bag one of the best seats in the house? That’s the chance you take to save. 

Look for the ‘Check for Wildcards’ button under Tickets, above, to book.

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.

Questions About Your Booking?

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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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