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A portrait photo of Sir Antonio Pappano, standing against a grey background with his arms folded.

Radiant. Sparkling. Evocative.

Season Opening: MacMillan and Sibelius 1

Sir Antonio Pappano


Wednesday 11 September 2024 • 7pm

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Carl Nielsen
Helios Overture (12 mins)
James MacMillan
Concerto for Orchestra (25 mins)
(world premiere; LSO commission)
Jean Sibelius
Symphony No 1 (42 mins)

Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 8.50pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings subject to change).


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+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

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The Concert

Sir Antonio Pappano opens a new chapter as Chief Conductor of the LSO, conjuring stunning landscapes from Nielsen and Sibelius – and a world premiere by Sir James MacMillan.

The Music

Sunrise lights up the sparkling Aegean seas: the cinematic opening of Nielsen’s Helios Overture ushers in a new season with Sir Antonio Pappano, Chief Conductor, at the helm.

James MacMillan has explored the concerto in a kaleidoscope of forms – from saxophone to organ to percussion. This time he places the whole orchestra in the spotlight in his brand new Concerto for Orchestra – a thrilling showpiece for the musicians of the LSO.

The first of Sibelius’ seven symphonies is bursting with melodic invention and beautiful solos for woodwind and strings. In Pappano’s own words, ‘I hear those typical Sibelian evocations of nature, and the primeval history of that land’ – concluding a programme that evokes light, sky and landscape.

The Performers

The LSO and Pappano give vivid life to spectacular orchestral colours, with every instrument getting their moment in the sun – a radiant programme to usher in a new era.

I’ve been conducting the LSO since 1996, and we’re embarking on a new chapter together – and it’s a gift from heaven. The sky is the limit when you are working with musicians like this.
Sir Antonio Pappano, LSO Chief Conductor

Pre-Concert, Barbican Foyers

Performances by LSO & LSO Discovery musicians.

Concert recorded for future broadcast by Marquee TV and BBC Radio 3

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Concerto for Orchestra commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

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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 (no booking fee)

Refunds and Exchanges

Contact the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings) to exchange your tickets for another LSO concert or Barbican credit voucher, valid for six months. A per-ticket administration fee applies.

The LSO reserves the right to change artists or programmes if necessary. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, all bookers will receive a refund.

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Multibuy Discounts

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Book 4 to 7 concerts, save 20%
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Young People and Students

18 and under: £6 tickets. Book online, by phone or in person.
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Groups of 10+

Save 20% to 30% and enjoy additional benefits. Find out more about group booking.

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