Not so private passions. Sir Simon Rattle conducts personal favourites from three centuries, by Rachmaninov, Dvořák and Haydn.
Sir Simon is on the record as being ‘crazy about Haydn’, and this joyous, exuberantly inventive little symphony is just the start of a concert that’s big on melody and even bigger on heart. Dvořák retells a Czech fairy tale; then we jump forward to the 1930s, where Rachmaninov shares the sorrows and consolations of exile in his bittersweet Third Symphony.
It’s one of those pieces that has it all – terrific tunes, a big personality and a way of making an orchestra sound like a million dollars. But that goes for everything in this concert, and Sir Simon is determined to give these pieces the audience they deserve. This is the music that he loves, and you won’t spend a wittier, warmer or more entertaining evening in a concert hall.
This concert has been rescheduled, with a partially revised programme.
The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
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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.