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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

New Music Britain

Sir Simon Rattle with London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle kicks off the new London Symphony Orchestra season with the best of British – from the sweeping landscapes of Elgar and Frank Bridge to the 21st-century sounds of Daniel Kidane. 

Enter Spring! Yes, we know it’s September, but British music has always made its own rules. Frank Bridge celebrates life and nature in glowing surges of sound. Elgar begins his epic Second Symphony on the crest of a wave – then watches as the clouds gather and the light begins to fade. And Daniel Kidane dances on the edge, in the latest utterly original creation from a composer as imaginative (and as dynamic) as 21st-century London itself.  

For many people Sir Simon Rattle is British classical music – and as the LSO’s Music Director, he makes a point of beginning each new season with a celebration of British music in all its diversity – past, present and (most importantly) future. 

‘There is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.’ – Edward Elgar 

Recorded for broadcast on Marquee TV on 29 Sep 2022
Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 20 Sep 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Following the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we confirm that this concert will go ahead as planned.

The London Symphony Orchestra is deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty had been the LSO’s Patron since her accession to the throne in 1952, continuing a long association of the Sovereign with the Orchestra and its players, stretching back to its formation in 1904.

The Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle will retain the programme for the concert in its original form, with the addition of the National Anthem. In Sir Simon Rattle’s words, ‘This season-opening concert, a celebration of British music of the 20th and 21st centuries, is our tribute to the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – a celebration of life in Frank Bridge’s Enter Spring; a meditation on legacy, tradition and the passing of time in Sun Poem, a new work by British composer Daniel Kidane; and the noble grandeur of Elgar’s Second Symphony, which was written for, and dedicated to the memory of, King Edward VII.’

Posted 9 Sep 2022, 3pm

Full LSO statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Concert will run till approximately 9:20pm