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London Symphony Orchestra: 2017-18 season opening concert

with Sir Simon Rattle

Photo of Sir Simon Rattle conducting

This is it. A new beginning and a statement of intent. The first concert from the new Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

This is Helen Grime and Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen and Elgar. This is Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Sir Simon Rattle. This is the best of British music together.

This is starting with something new and ending with something timeless, celebrating those that came between: five generations of our best composers and two performers without peers.

This is the LSO.

This is Christian Tetzlaff.

This is Sir Simon Rattle, LSO Music Director.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

Broadcast live on Mezzo TV (mainland Europe, Canada and Asia)

Pre-concert events

6.15pm Barbican Foyers  
The LSO Discovery Choirs perform in the entrance foyers.

6.30pm Welcome Reception  
Ticket-holders are invited to enjoy a free glass of sparkling wine to celebrate the launch of the 2017/18 season, generously provided by Chapel Down, the LSO’s Official Drinks Partner.

Opening Concert Outdoor Cinema

7.30pm, Sculpture Court Cinema

Witness this little piece of classical music history unfold live, with drink in hand, at our Sculpture Court Cinema. More info


photo of helen grime in london

Barbican Meets: Helen Grime

We spoke to the composer about her early aspirations in music to being commissioned by the LSO and curating a programme for the Britten Sinfonia.


Barbican Hall