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London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas & Yuja Wang

Grieg, Rachmaninov & Beethoven

Yuja Wang playing pinao

Yuja Wang and Michael Tilson Thomas: two names that speak for themselves, in Rachmaninov’s hugely popular Second Piano Concerto. Much more than just a brief encounter …

Rachmaninov was shaping up to be the greatest pianist in history when he wrote his Second Concerto, and even he used to consider it a challenge. So when you hear how effortless Yuja Wang makes it sound, you’ll understand why her concerts sell out around the globe.

And because Yuja’s playing is pure inspiration, Michael Tilson Thomas opens and closes the concert with two pieces that grab you, heart and soul. From Norway, a ravishing miniature from Edvard Grieg, whose music was once described as ‘bonbons wrapped in snow’. Then, to finish – well, what can we possibly say about the most famous symphony ever written? Except that if all you know of Beethoven’s Fifth is those incredible first few notes, you’re in for the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Three performances at 6.30pm on 26 May and 3.30pm & 6.30pm on 27 May.

The 27 May 6.30pm concert is dedicated to the memory of Dvora Lewis, the LSO's former PR, who died in November 2020.

These performances are subject to government guidelines.

Under new guidelines, we’ve fewer available seats in our venues and thoroughly clean between performances. You can only sit in the same seating cluster as someone from your own household (or support bubble) and we ask you to not swap seats so we can maintain a safe distance between you and other groups.

Tickets must be booked online in advance.

In the event of cancellations or postponements, all audience members will be given the option of a refund, exchange or credit.


We'll be welcoming a limited audience back into the Hall for these concerts (subject to government guidelines).

Tickets are available as single tickets or in groups of twos, threes and fours. You can only sit in the same seating cluster as someone from your own household/bubble. We ask you to not swap seats when you arrive so we can maintain a safe distance between you and other groups.


Aged 14–25? Join Young Barbican for free.

Subject to availability


Tickets are required for each child attending a performance. Children under 5 are not permitted to enter the Barbican Hall excepting Family Concerts. Children over the age of 18 months require a ticket for Family Concerts.

Unwaged: 30% discount on standard prices for those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit.

Proof of eligibility required on request.

Save 20% on your tickets by booking the three LSO concerts at the Barbican (18 May, 26 or 27 May, 13 June) at the same time, when you buy the same number of tickets for each performance.

Previous LSO 2020/21 Season multibuy bookers will have their top-up discounts automatically enabled when booking one or more concerts.

*Excludes £3 booking fee

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