LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle celebrates the sheer beauty of sound, in a pocket-sized concert with a French flavour.
Maybe it’s the effortless sense of style, maybe it’s that Parisian appetite for the finer things in life, but French music has a sound that’s entirely its own. Ravel waltzes elegantly through the end of the world, Debussy gives Shakespeare a very Gallic makeover, and Berlioz sets sail on the high seas, in his swashbuckling Le corsaire. And there’s a beautiful gem from Japan: a Zen garden in sound by the late, great Tōru Takemitsu.
Sir Simon Rattle has always loved the sound that French music makes, whether elegant and ethereal like Debussy and Ravel, or as unashamedly out-there as Hector Berlioz. Today he introduces and conducts some personal favourites, as well as a ravishing miniature from a Japanese master who was also a personal friend.
‘I think and feel in sounds.’ – Maurice Ravel
What is Half Six Fix?
A burst of music to start your evening, with a relaxed atmosphere and introductions from the conductor. More on the LSO website.
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.
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Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online.
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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.