Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit


Walton Viola Concerto NB Change of conductor

Thu 28 Oct 2021 7.00pm - 8.55pm
Barbican Hall, London

Walton Viola Concerto (1962 version)
- Interval -
Brahms Symphony No 4

Robin Ticciati conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola
London Symphony Orchestra

Please note that, in a change to earlier listings, this concert will now include an interval

Tickets: £60 £48 £35 £24 £18

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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Robin Ticciati conducts Brahms, and Antoine Tamestit continues his Artist Portrait with Walton’s Viola Concerto – music born of youth and age, but united by passion.

When the young William Walton premiered his Viola Concerto in 1927, it caused a Europe-wide sensation: a composer in his twenties, taking a neglected instrument and writing for it with unprecedented imagination and power. Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, meanwhile, would be his last – but he wasn’t going peacefully into the night, and every note burns with creative fire.

In other words, this is a concert that unites youthful genius with music drawn from a profound engagement with life. At the centre of it all – and the subject of our Artist Portrait this season - is viola virtuoso Antoine Tamestit, renewing his artistic partnership with conductor Robin Ticciati. Two artists on the same page, in music that always has something new to say.

Your Visit

Following the relaxation of Government restrictions, standard seating is now being used for this concert in the stalls and circle, with distanced seats available in the balcony. We encourage audience members to bring and wear a face covering, unless you are exempt.

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Distanced Seating

Audience members who would prefer to sit in a socially distanced environment can choose to book seats in the Balcony for this concert, as part of a trial period for LSO concerts during October.

Available seats will be spaced 1 metre apart, and are indicated by an information flag when making your selection during the booking process. Those booking two or more adjacent seats are welcome to move together to sit as one group on the evening of the concert. All audience members are encouraged to wear a face covering unless exempt.

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Concert Programmes

Find out more about the music and performers with our concert programme.

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Change of conductor

The LSO is grateful to Robin Ticciati who is replacing Daniel Harding as conductor for this concert and on Thursday 14 October. It is widely known that Daniel Harding has been training to become a pilot for a number of years. After an 18-month delay due to Covid, Daniel was recently called in to undertake his final induction prior to taking up a position as a pilot for a major airline. He will then combine his passion for flying alongside a busy conducting schedule. The LSO is keen to support Daniel in this venture and looks forward to his Barbican concerts on 10 and 31 October which remain as scheduled.
Robin Ticciati will also conduct the LSO on a four-city tour of Switzerland 18–22 October 2021.

Posted 19 Aug 2021