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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano

Season Opening – Nielsen, MacMillan & Sibelius

Sir Antonio Pappano conducting

Sir Antonio Pappano opens a new chapter as Chief Conductor of the LSO, conjuring stunning landscapes from Nielsen and Sibelius - and a world premiere from James MacMillan. 

Nielsen conjures up a sun rising from the darkness in his Helios Overture, lighting up the sparkling Aegean sea. At the end of the day, the sun – and the music – sinks below the horizon.

James MacMillan has explored the concerto in many forms – from saxophone to organ to percussion . The prospect of a brand new work, this time placing the whole orchestra in the spotlight, is truly exciting.

The first of Sibelius’ seven symphonies is bursting with melodic invention and beautiful solos for woodwind and strings. In Pappano's own words, 'I hear those typical Sibelian evocations of nature, and the primeval history of that land' – concluding a programme that speaks of light, sky and landscape.

This performance will end at approximately 8.50pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings subject to change).

Pre-Concert, Barbican Foyers
Fanfares by Cassie Kinoshi, performed by LSO & LSO Discovery musicians 

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra. 

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.



Guaranteed entry to the concert – 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 £12 to £16.

Online booking only. Tickets subject to availability, max 2 per person. Cannot guarantee that 2 tickets purchased at the same time will be seated next to each other.

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Customers who book multibuy tickets in the 2024/25 season will be able to retain their discounts for any later bookings for concerts in the same period.

Anyone booking just one main season concert will receive a 10% discount for any additional bookings they make within the 2024/25 season.

Higher discounts are available if enough qualifying concerts are booked at the same time.

Multibuy and Top-Up bookings exclude LSO Discovery Family and Showcase Concerts, and 15 March 2025 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra concert.


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Subject to availability

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