Barbican Concerts

A Tribute to Sir Colin Davis

NB Change of artists and programme

Sun 16 Jun 2013 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London


Nikolaj Znaider

Nikolaj Znaider

STRAUSS Festmusik der Stadt Wien
Students from the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School | Patrick Harrild conductor

BERLIOZ Overture: Le corsair
LSO | Joseph Wolfe conductor

MOZART Violin Concerto No 3, K216
LSO | Nikolaj Znaider violin-director

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 8
LSO | Gordan Nikolich director

Nikolaj Znaider conductor | LSO & London Symphony Chorus

It is with much sadness that the LSO announced the death of Sir Colin Davis on Sunday 14 April. Sir Colin specified that there should be no memorial service held for him, yet the Orchestra and many other people close to him, as well as our audiences, would like an opportunity to remember him, and to celebrate his extraordinary contribution to the LSO and wider musical life.  It is with that in mind that the closing concerts of the 2012/13 season, which Sir Colin was due to conduct, will now form a tribute to our former President, Principal Conductor and great friend.

All the music and artists have a close resonance with Sir Colin, from his support of young performers to the symphony that inspired him to be a musician. Joseph Wolfe, Sir Colin’s son, will conduct his father’s beloved Berlioz and Nikolaj Znaider has now asked to play Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto – one of Sir Colin’s favourites and a work they planned to perform together. Sir Colin was also President of the London Symphony Chorus, and they will now close the concerts with a setting of Friedrich Schiller’s poem Nänie, for full orchestra and choir, which Brahms wrote in memory of a close friend.

This replaces the originally advertised programme of Mendelssohn and Schubert, however violinist Nikolaj Znaider will still be appearing as a soloist and will also now conduct one of the pieces.

The details of changes for Sir Colin’s conducting engagements in the 2013/14 season (Sep ’13 onwards) have yet to be finalised and we will contact bookers with new information separately in due course.

Sir Colin Davis
You can read a full statement on the death of Sir Colin Davis on our website at

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