Sir Simon Rattle launches the LSO’s new season with a celebration of British music – including Britten, Tippett and Thomas Adès, plus a world premiere from Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Under Sir Simon Rattle, it’s become traditional to open each LSO season with a celebration of British music, old and new, and this year his choice of pieces ranges from the divine decadence of Thomas Adès’ Powder her Face to Britten’s brilliant workout for full symphony orchestra.
Because British music has never played to stereotypes, these are explosions of colour, created by outsize personalities: whether Tippett’s ecstatic concerto, played by a giant among British pianists, or Thomas Adès’s fabulously raucous tale of a society scandal. But first of all, we’re making history – a world premiere, from one composer to another: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s musical eulogy to Oliver Knussen, one of the most important composers in Sir Simon’s life.
The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
Recorded for broadcast by Mezzo
Part of Thomas Adès at 50 at the Barbican
*LSO commission generously supported by Susie Thompson
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
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The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.