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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Britten, Fauré & Dvořák

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Innocence, experience and simply fabulous sounds. Sir Simon Rattle conducts a concert of music that showcases the LSO at its most dazzling, and its most delicate.

Benjamin Britten knew that young listeners have high standards, and when he wrote The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra he let his imagination catch fire. The result is a brilliantly original showpiece for a great orchestra at the top of its game; a spectacular opening to a concert drenched in colour.

So Sir Simon Rattle conducts Fauré’s haunting suite from Pelléas et Mélisande; music in soft pastels and deep shadows, written to accompany a tale of doomed love in a fairytale kingdom. Its lovely Sicilienne is one of those melodies you never forget. And then he cuts loose with a selection of Dvořák's Slavonic Dances: sometimes wistful, sometimes uproarious, but always gloriously tuneful. Sir Simon simply adores this music, and you’ll hear why.

Two performances at 3.30pm and 6.30pm.

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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