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Pianist Simon Trpčeski

Passion and Secrets – Tchaikovsky and Brahms

Impulsive. Audacious. Tender.

Thursday 7 December 2023 • 7pm

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The Concert

Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No 1
Interval – 20 minutes
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, ‘Pathétique’

Gianandrea Noseda  conductor
Simon Trpčeski  piano
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9.10pm (timings 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%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets
Full details below

Deeply private, deeply felt: Tchaikovsky and Brahms pour out their emotions in an ardent torrent of music.

The Programme

Menacing violins open Johannes Brahms’ First Piano Concerto. His mentor, Robert Schumann, had recently attempted to take his own life, and had been committed to a sanatorium. Brahms rushed to support Schumann’s wife, Clara, but soon, tender feelings developed on both sides. The contemplative second movement was, Brahms told her, ‘a portrait of you.’

In his letters, Tchaikovsky said that the meaning of his Sixth Symphony would remain a secret from audiences. We do know one thing: by ending it not with a triumphant finale but with an intimate lament, he created new, intensely personal possibilities for the musical form.

The Performers

Simon Trpčeski’s feeling for Brahms shines through in his performances. With Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda at the helm, the LSO burns brightly too.

‘I have put my whole soul into this symphony.’ – Tchaikovsky on Symphony No 6

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Header Image © Ben Ealovega

Dive Deeper

Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

Online at or
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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