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LSO 2018/19 Season Opening Concert

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Photo of Sir Simon Rattle conducting

New music. British music. Two central pillars of musical life for the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle, to launch a new season.

Once more we fire the starting gun of the new season with an all-British programme – featuring the world premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s new Fanfare and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s wild double trumpet concerto Dispelling the Fears.

Holst’s Egdon Heath reflects the curious setting of Thomas Hardy’s major works, a place ‘accordant with man's nature – neither ghastly, hateful, nor ugly; … but, like man, slighted and enduring; and withal singularly colossal and mysterious in its swarthy monotony’. Then clear away the haze with an uplifting symphony which reflects on ‘the progress of winter to spring and the reawakening of the earth and life’.

Broadcast live on Mezzo HD

Barbican Hall