BMW LSO Open Air Classics

BMW LSO Open Air Classics

Sunday 17 May 2015 6.30pm, Trafalgar Square, London

Valery Gergiev conducting at the 2013 concert

Valery Gergiev conducting at the 2013 concert

BMW LSO Open Air Classics

BMW LSO Open Air Classics
Sunday 17 May 2015 6.30pm, Trafalgar Square

Please arrive early to secure a place

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH Passacaglia and Burlesque from Violin Concerto No 1
SHOSTAKOVICH arr Gareth Glyn March, Polka and Waltz from Jazz Suites *

Valery Gergiev conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
Paul Rissmann presenter
London Symphony Orchestra
LSO On Track *
Guildhall School musicians *

Free entry, no glass or furniture allowed in the square

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Event info

Entry and exit to Trafalgar Square is via the Upper Terrace in front of The National Gallery at either end, and via the south east corner towards the entry for Charing Cross Tube station. The south west corner towards the Mall is for exit only.

The lower part of the square will be filled up first; the upper terrace – where there are large screens onto which we will project the performance – will then be filled. We advise that you should arrive no later than 5.30pm to secure a place. Should the square fill completely, we will need to close the entrance barriers and it’s unlikely any further entry will be granted.

We have implemented the following measures to make the event as accessible and inclusive as possible for a wide range of audience members. We have a step-free level access area in the centre of the Upper Terrace with wheelchair spaces, companion seats, and seats for those who may have other access requirements. The area also has a hearing loop and large print programmes are available. The best entry points for this area are either side of The National Gallery. There is a portable accessible toilet near this area in addition to the accessible toilet within the permanent toilet block on lower part of the Square and a lift between the Square and the Upper Terrace. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Cushions are available to hire from carts at just £2 each. Toilets are located on the lower terrace towards the back; there’s a café in the square too.

We’ll play on for as long as we can, but if the rain gets too heavy we’ll have to stop. There will be messages on the big screens and announcements made, so sit tight and we’ll keep you posted. We have plastic ponchos in case you’ve not got an umbrella or coat!

About 8.15pm

There is no mistaking the real thing. The LSO's zestful performance splendidly blasted the square's pigeons into the air.'

The Times, May 2013

The London Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev will give their next free, open-air concert in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17 May.

The LSO is delighted to be joined by the captivating young violinist Nicola Benedetti, who will perform movements from Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1, a tour-de-force of instrumental technique awash with subtle quotes from the likes of Beethoven and Stravinsky. Completing this all-Shostakovich programme will be his Festive Overture, a rousing brass fanfare to the start the day and lead us through to his first symphony, which ends it – a bold and dramatic, biting and satirical work completed when the composer was only 19-years old.

This event is the fourth annual concert in the BMW LSO Open Air Classics series, which brings the experience of live orchestral performance out of the concert hall and makes it available to everyone. This free performance in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square will see the Orchestra joined by members of LSO On Track, our educational initiative for young instrumentalists from East London, and together they will show a different side of Shostakovich, with a selection from his Jazz Suites in a special arrangement from Gareth Glyn.

Throughout the day presenter Paul Rissman will be on hand to guide the audience through the programme and large screens across the square will ensure that everyone gets the chance to see the action up close.

> Video: behind the scenes at BMW LSO Open Air Classics 2014

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