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François-Xavier Roth conducting the LSO at the Barbican

Artist Portrait: Christian Tetzlaff

Ode to Joy: Roth Conducts Beethoven

Struggle. Hope. Joy.

Sunday 4 June 2023 • 7pm

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The Concert

Jörg Widmann Violin Concerto No 1
Interval – 20 minutes
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 9, ‘Choral’

François-Xavier Roth  conductor
Christian Tetzlaff  violin
Jenny Daviet  soprano
Anaïk Morel  alto
Sebastian Kohlhepp  tenor
Mika Kares  bass
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey  chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9.15pm (timings subject to change)


£65 £49 £35 £24 £18
+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

Wildcard Tickets

£10/£15 + bkg fee as above
Guaranteed entry – your seat will be allocated on the day.
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Save on Your Booking

Multibuy Discounts – save up to 40%
Under-18s – £5 tickets
14–25s – discounts for Young Barbican Members
Groups of 10+ – save at least 20%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets
Full details below

François-Xavier Roth conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, plus a modern classic with master-violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

The Programme

Everyone knows Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. But to feel its full beauty and power, you need to hear it the way Beethoven intended – as the life-affirming climax to one of the mightiest adventures in all music, the turbulent, tragic, but ultimately triumphant Ninth Symphony. It’s music that transcends time, so today François Xavier Roth pairs it with a 21st-century classic by one of Beethoven’s biggest fans – the inimitable Jörg Widmann.

The Performers

It’s played today by the violinist for whom Widmann wrote it, back in 2007, Christian Tetzlaff. One critic called him ‘the finest violinist performing before the public today’, but Roth, too, is known for the freshness and emotional power of his Beethoven. This should be quite a journey.

‘All you millions, I embrace you!’ – Schiller, Ode to Joy

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


£10 or £15, 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

£5 tickets for under-18s. Discounted tickets are available for selected 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 free companion seats. Join the Barbican Access Scheme.

Concert Programmes

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