Tradition is about the present – and the future – as well as the past. Sir Simon Rattle opens the LSO's new season with a concert that spans over 100 years of British music.
When Ralph Vaughan Williams conceived his Pastoral Symphony, it wasn’t the misty fields of an imaginary England that inspired him. He was in France, on the Western Front – where the sound of a distant trumpet unlocked a vision vast enough to transcend the noise (if not the anguish) of the First World War.
But then, British music has never conformed to easy stereotypes. In this opening concert of the LSO's new season, Judith Weir reads ancient Taoist poetry, and finds ideas of radical simplicity. Peter Maxwell Davies attends an all-night party (and finds a bracing hangover cure) on his adopted home of Orkney. And because music never stands still, Sir Simon Rattle introduces the world premiere of a new choral work by Julian Anderson, inspired by the poetry of exile. Not what you might expect…
Generously supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.
In an addition to early listings, this concert will now include Michael Tippett’s Praeludium and Henry Purcell’s Remember not, Lord, our offences. The concert is expected to end at approximately 8.45pm.
* Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bayerischer Rundfunk.
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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.