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London Symphony Orchestra/Harding & Benedetti

Shostakovich, Boulanger & Dvořák

Nicola Benedetti close up landscape playing violin

Darkness, mystery and sounds that speak straight to the soul, as Nicola Benedetti and Daniel Harding perform Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto. 

There’s a reason why Nicola Benedetti is one of Britain’s best-loved violinists. She’s a supreme communicator; one of those artists who seem to establish a direct connection to her listeners’ emotions. Expect playing of rare intensity and commitment as she tackles Shostakovich’s devastating First Violin Concerto – a work that she describes as “overwhelming”. 

That’s the dark heart of this typically imaginative programme. It’s all about storytelling, and atmosphere too. Lilli Boulanger evokes the tingling vitality of a spring morning, while Dvořák retells a sinister fairytale from the Bohemian countryside, in music brimming with fantasy, melody and glowing orchestral colours. Under former LSO principal guest conductor Daniel Harding, every note will speak.



Guaranteed entry to the concert – however, your seat will only be allocated on the day of the performance. You could be placed anywhere in the Hall, in seats worth at least 18. Book early for the best price – following an initial allocation Wildcards may rise in price from £10 to £15.

Online booking only. Tickets subject to availability, max 2 per person. Cannot guarantee that 2 tickets purchased at the same time will be seated next to each other. Not available for Family Concerts or concerts at LSO St Luke’s.

Vivace Book 7 or more concerts and save 40%
Allegro Book 5–6 concerts and save 30%
Moderato Book 3–4 concerts and save 20%

Book before 12 September and you will also receive the same saving on any further top-up bookings you make.

Book at Vivace or Allegro levels and receive additional benefits:

20% discount on BBC Radio 3 Concerts
20% discount on LSO Live recordings


Aged 14–25? Join Young Barbican for free.

Subject to availability

Please inform the Box Office of your access requirements when booking and our staff will advise you on seating, pricing and our facilities. Please email [email protected] to book access tickets.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount, or 30% for two or more concert bookings.
Contact the Box Office Groups Team at [email protected]

*Excludes £3 booking fee

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