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Conductor François-Xavier Roth

LSO Futures – The Music of Tomorrow

Fresh. Imaginative. Glittering.

Sunday 7 April 2024 • 7pm

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The Concert

Péter Eötvös Per Luciano Berio (UK premiere)
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 9.35pm (timings subject to change)


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+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

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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
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François-Xavier Roth makes musical history, with vivid, moreish music fresh from the imaginations of some of the boldest and brightest composers living and working today.

The Programme

An orchestra holds infinite possibilities for music-making. Unsuk Chin’s SPIRA and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra both show off the capabilities and curiosities of the instruments of the orchestra. Donghoon Shin’s eloquent Cello Concerto, inspired by the eerie poetry of Georg Trakl, sees the LSO’s own Principal Cello take the spotlight as soloist.

And how do today’s emerging composers, the voices of tomorrow, begin to work with a major orchestra? Two composers from the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme present brand new music created in collaboration with the Orchestra.

This concert begins with a performance of Per Luciano Berio by Péter Eötvös, in tribute to the late composer, who passed away on 24 March. Read the LSO’s tribute to Peter Eötvös.

LSO Futures

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.’

‘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

Read the programme


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

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£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

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£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.

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£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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