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Conductor François-Xavier Roth

The Music of Tomorrow – LSO Futures with François-Xavier Roth

Fresh. Volatile. Glittering.

Barbican

Sunday 7 April 2024 • 7pm

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The Concert

Christian Drew Aquarium Drifter (world premiere, LSO Panufnik commission)
Unsuk Chin SPIRA
Donghoon Shin Nachtergebung (Cello Concerto) (UK premiere)
Interval – 20 minutes
Stef Conner Hateful Grace (world premiere, LSO Panufnik commission)
Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

François-Xavier Roth  conductor
Rebecca Gilliver  cello
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9.10pm (timings subject to change)

Tickets

£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.
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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%
Access – free companion tickets for Barbican Access Members
Full details below

Vivid, moreish music by Unsuk Chin and Donghoon Shin, plus beguiling works by emerging talents, conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

The Programme

Unsuk Chin’s glimmering SPIRA grows out of the resonance of two vibraphones, its title referencing the ‘marvellous spiral’ that a 17th-century mathematician observed all over the natural world. Donghoon Shin’s eloquent Cello Concerto is inspired by the eerie visions of Austrian poet Georg Trakl.

And how do emerging composers begin to collaborate with major orchestras? The London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Composers Scheme sets out to bring them together. This year, the scheme culminates in this concert, which presents world premieres by rising stars Christian Drew and Stef Conner.

LSO Futures is a collaboration between François-Xavier Roth and the LSO that goes back over a decade – ‘a festival championing new music, not just the music of our time, but also music from the last decades’, in the conductor’s own words. ‘I often say that I love contemporary music from all periods of music history,’ says Roth. ‘All music was modern music at the time. And I think that as a society, as an audience, as artists, the more we have close contact to the music written today, the better. There’s a risk in something you don’t know; something that shakes us or provokes us is healthy. And I think that music should keep going, inventing and showing the world of tomorrow.’

The Performers

François-Xavier Roth, Principal Guest Conductor of the LSO, leads the Panufnik Composers Scheme workshops each year, and the musicians of the LSO collaborate closely with the composers. Their relish for this creative challenge fuels every note of the performance.

‘It’s my contact with the composers of our time which makes me reconsider things and ask myself much more interesting questions’

–  François-Xavier Roth

The LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme is generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

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Dive Deeper

£10 Tickets for Students

Full-time students can book £10 tickets for this concert through Student Pulse London.

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Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

Online at lso.co.uk or barbican.org.uk
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?

Contact the Barbican Box Office at tickets@barbican.org.uk.

Visit the Barbican website for conditions of sale.

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.

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Wildcards

£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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