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Half Six Fix: Beethoven's Choral Symphony

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Photo of Sir Simon Rattle conducting

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s final symphonic epic in this early-evening Half Six Fix concert, introduced on stage by the conductor.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is the culmination of a life’s work, but it also contests what he’d written before. Following a furious opening and stirring slow movement, the Ninth’s finale explodes into a remarkable mingling of musical styles, featuring operatic recitative, two fugues and a fantasia with choir and soloists singing the words of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy.

The Ninth proved a tough act to follow for generations of composers to come, but it’s a piece that burst open the doors on a radical future for the symphony.

This concert is part of Half Six Fix, a different way to experience the LSO, with an introduction to the music from Sir Simon Rattle, and digital programme notes on your phone or device. Grab a drink, take your seat and enjoy the music.

The performance is expected to finish around 7.45pm

About Half Six Fix
These concerts start at 6.30pm with no interval, and feature a short programme of one or two major works, which the conductor will introduce from the stage.

To bring you closer to the action, we’ll have screens to showcase the performers and programme notes available electronically on your Android or iPhone device. You can also enjoy the music with a drink in your seat.

Find out more on the LSO website

Part of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican

Barbican Hall