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Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen & Adrian Leaper

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra takes to the Barbican Hall stage

Two renowned conductors for the price of one - Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra before Adrian Leaper takes the baton.

Tying in with the Barbican’s Esa-Pekka Salonen Composer Focus, the Finnish conductor leads the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in one of his own compositions, which has proved popular with audiences and critics alike since its premiere in 1996 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Following this, Adrian Leaper takes the baton to conduct Mahler’s enduringly popular Fifth Symphony. A technically challenging rollercoaster ride of a symphony that journeys from the throes of darkness to ecstatic joy, it’s a thrilling to hear live.

Promoted by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.


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Barbican Meets: Esa-Pekka Salonen

As the subject of our 2017–18 Composer Focus, Esa-Pekka’s music is at the core of our programme celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence. Ahead of his concerts, we put the focus on him to find out more about his career to date.

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Watch: Guildhall on Youtube

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