After 19 life-changing months, the BBC Symphony Orchestra open a new chapter. Join us in the Hall or online for music infused with the miracle of life, joy of existence and shadows of mourning.
At the heart of this evening with BBC SO's Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo is Johannes Brahms’s symphony of light and shadows – music that tells of the magnificence of creation but with a ribbon of mourning tied around its sleeve. Brahms’s Symphony No 2 resembles the most beautiful of sunsets followed by the most invigorating of new dawns.
In 1968, the composer Ruth Gipps wrote a concerto for a newly qualified young horn player embarking on a career. That horn player happened to be her son. His mother’s gift is an ethereal, poetic and virtuosic piece, played here in the centenary of the composer’s birth by former BBC Young Musician finalist Ben Goldscheider. To open, Oramo conducts the UK premiere of Betsy Jolas’s ‘meticulously charming’ (The Boston Globe) homage to Bach’s hometown, Leipzig.
This performance will end at approximately 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
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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.
Silk Street, London
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.