Summer 2021 Concerts

The music doesn't stop this summer, with plenty of concerts to chose from at LSO St Luke's, Trafalgar Square and further afield. Read on to find out more about these unmissable performances.

LSO Local   Summer Shorts   BMW Classics


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LSO Local returns for a second year, a weekend of performances all over London devised and led by the musicians of the LSO. Our players will set off to perform in the local community and further afield, with everything from free pop-up performances in local venues to drop-in concerts at LSO St Luke’s and an evening blurring the lines between musical genres.

More local events across London will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Keep checking back for the latest information.

Saturday 31 July 11am
and Saturday 31 July 1pm
LSO Chamber Ensemble
LSO St Luke's

Programme to include:
Dmitri Shostakovich Five Pieces for two violins and piano
Pablo de Sarasate Navarra
Daniel Kidane Dappled Light
Trad arr Michael McHale Cailín ó cois tSuire Mé; My Lagan Love
Franz Liszt Concert paraphrase on Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’

Maxine Kwok violin
Laura Dixon violin
Michael McHale piano


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Satuday 31 July 10.15am and 11.15am
Music and Storytelling for Families
Goodness Brewing Company, Wood Green

Come and meet our fabulous LSO musicians at the Goodness Brewing Company for music and storytelling! Perfect for children aged 7 and under.

Saturday 31 July 8pm
and Sunday 1 August 7pm

Blurred Boundaries
LSO St Luke's

The Human League arr Fraser Trainer Love Action
Bryce Dessner Murder Ballades
Andy Akiho Karakurenai
Anna Meredith Spook
Max Richter On the Nature of Daylight
Steve Reich Radio Rewrite

Colin Currie conductor
LSO Musicians


Sunday 1 August 11am and Sunday 1 August 1pm
LSO Brass Ensemble
LSO St Luke's

Programme to include:
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Where Clouds Meet the Sea
Gordon Langford London Miniatures

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Musicians on Call

Would you like LSO Musicians to play a free concert in your space? If you'd like a small ensemble of LSO Musicians to play for your local community on Saturday 31 July or Sunday 1 August, you can submit a bid to host a concert in. If you apply and your bid is successful, the musicians will pitch up at an agreed time over the weekend, get their instruments out, and play a short set for your residents, service users, customers or community.

If you have any questions about the project, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – and if you’d like to take part, simply fill in this online form and we’ll get back to you to let you know if you're successful: 


Every Friday this August, we're throwing open the doors at LSO St Luke's for 45-minute performances from LSO musicians. With music that crosses genres and generations, there will be opportunities to ask the musicians your burning questions and chat to the players.

Everyone is welcome, including families.

Friday 6 August 11am and Friday 6 August 1pm
LSO Percussion Ensemble & Ayanna Witter-Johnson
LSO St Luke's

Gwilym Simcock Barber Blues
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Unconditionally
Ayanna Witter-Johnson New work (world premiere)
Makoto Ozone arr Simon Carrington Kato’s Revenge

Ayanna Witter-Johnson cello
LSO Percussion Ensemble

On sale date: Friday 23 July 10am


Friday 13 August 11am and Friday 13 August 1pm
Gareth Davies and Michael McHale
LSO St Luke's

William Grant Still arr Alexa Still Bayou Home; If you Should Go; Song For the Lonely
Electra Perivolaris Glen Sannox River Song
Carl Reinecke Undine Sonata

Gareth Davies flute
Michael McHale piano

On sale date: Friday 30 July 10am

Friday 20 August 11am and Friday 20 August 1pm
Naoko Keatley & Zeynep Özsuca
LSO St Luke's

Tonia Ko Plush Earth in Four Pieces
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No 10 in G major, Op 96

Naoko Keatley violin
Zeynep Özsuca piano

On sale date: Friday 6 August 10am


Friday 27 August 11am and Friday 27 August 1pm
Rebecca Gilliver, Juliana Koch & Michael McHale
LSO St Luke's

Robert Schumann Movements from Six Canonic Studies
Nadia Boulanger arr Katherine Needleman Trois Pièces
Sergei Prokofiev arr Lera Auerbach Violin Sonata No 2

Rebecca Gilliver cello
Juliana Koch oboe
Michael McHale piano

On sale date: Friday 13 August 10am

This series of concerts is made possible by the kind support of the Huo Family Foundation.

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 A free open-air concert in the heart of London

After a year away, the LSO is thrilled to announce the return of BMW Classics with the renewed support of our partner, BMW – our free summer concert in Trafalgar Square – on Sunday 15 August 2021, showcasing the next generation of music stars.

A giant temporary stage in the Square will host Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, joined by young musicians from the LSO’s pioneering East London Academy and teenage violin prodigy Leia Zhu, guest soloist for Saint-Saëns’ great showpiece, Introduction and Rondo capriccioso.

The programme features music inspired by the theme of dance and ballet, with Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, in addition to the first live performance of Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s DreamCity, for which the young East London musicians join the ranks of the LSO.

For our audiences around the world, the concert will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel and made available for a further 90 days.

We are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible into Trafalgar Square to hear the concert live, and are working on plans to ensure that the performance is accessible and safe for all audience members. We await details of the government’s plan to ease restrictions in July, and will announce full details of how to attend in due course.

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