BMW LSO Open Air Classics 2012 and 2013

On 12 May 2012 and 27 May 2013, Valery Gergiev, the LSO and young musicians from East London, through LSO On Track, took to Trafalgar Square to perform free concerts for over 10,000 people.

Download a PDF copy of the 2012 programme 
Download a PDF copy of the 2013 programme

Reviews:

The Times, 14 May 2012
Tourists and natives, young and old, classical music devotees and casual bypassers: all stood or sat silent for two hours — except when the music stopped and a football-style roar erupted. I have been in grand halls where the audience seemed less gripped.
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The Arts Desk, 28 May 2013
'a truly democratic occasion: absolutely free, no seats, no special places for guests and press.'
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Read a round up of audience reactions on Twitter and Facebook: 2012 
Read a round up of audience reactions on Twitter and Facebook: 2013

See what the audience thought in this video of Voxpops by Winkball

Videos:

LSO Players on the Rite of Spring (2012)
Rite of Spring "rhythm" video (2012) 
> Behind the scenes at the 2012 concert

LSO Players on Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (2013)
Behind the scenes at the 2013 concert

Photos:

All photos © Kevin Leighton

BMW LSO Open Air Classics


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