2019/20 Season Opening


Sir Simon Rattle & Leila Josefowicz

Sat 14 Sep 2019 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

EMILY HOWARD Antisphere (world premiere) *
COLIN MATTHEWS Violin Concerto † 
WALTON Symphony No 1

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Leila Josefowicz violin
London Symphony Orchestra

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Part of 2019/20 season

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Sir Simon Rattle launches the London Symphony Orchestra’s 2019/20 season with an all-British programme of music, including a world premiere.

Welcome to the LSO’s 2019/20 season which, as ever, we begin with an all-British programme. We start with a world premiere by British Composer Award-winner Emily Howard, whose inspirations range from geometry and magnetism to the human brain and neural networks.

Leila Josefowicz takes on the role of soloist in Colin Matthews’ Violin Concerto, in which rhapsodic violin phrases soar over restless accompaniment in a swirling and impassioned dialogue. And we close with Walton’s Symphony No 1, which combines influences from Sibelius to Vaughan Williams into a swaggering piece of 20th-century symphonic power.

Read our interview with composer Emily Howard.

Pre-concert performance

6.45pm Barbican Freestage
LSO Discovery Choirs
Free pre-concert performance


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 * Commissioned for Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO by the Barbican, supported by PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Organisations. Performance generously supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts.

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 Generously supported by Resonate, a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust.

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