Sunday 11 May 2014 6.30pm, Trafalgar Square, London
BMW LSO Open Air Classics
Sunday 11 May 2014 6.30pm
Trafalgar Square, London
A free concert with the London Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev in the heart of London.
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev conductor
Paul Rissmann presenter
LSO On Track young musicians
Programme to include:
PROKOFIEV Excerpts from Symphony No 1 ('Classical')
PROKOFIEV arr GARETH GLYN Extracts from Lieutenant Kijé
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (suite)
Outstanding music performed in the open air – free for everyone in an informal atmosphere. Large screens were mounted on either side of the stage to allow the audience to witness the concert close up.
Arrive early to secure your place. The gates will close once the Square has reached capacity. No glass or furniture is allowed in the Square.
Getting in and out
Entry and exit points are on the top terrace at either end of the National Portrait Gallery, on the south east corner towards Charing Cross Station, with an additional exit only on the west side of the stage towards The Mall.
There are cushions available to rent from carts at either side of the square at just £2 each. Toilets are located on the lower level at the back and there’s a café too.
There are wheelchair and companion spaces on the upper terrace in front of the National Portrait Gallery at the top of the central stairs, and two lifts each side of the staircase to enable access to either level.
What time will it finish?
What if it rains?
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!
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
Following the outstandingly successful first two open-air, free concerts in May 2012 and 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra in partnership with BMW and the Mayor of London returns to Trafalgar Square on 11 May 2014.
Principal Conductor of the LSO, Valery Gergiev conducts an all-Prokofiev programme. The aim of BMW LSO Open Air Classics is to bring outstanding music performed in the open air – free for everyone in an informal atmosphere.
Gergiev and the LSO will perform music by Prokofiev: excerpts from his 'Classical' Symphony and a suite from Romeo and Juliet. In a performance of a specially arranged version of Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé by Gareth Glyn, 80 young musicians, including conservatoire students and LSO On Track young musicians from LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s award-winning music education and community programme, will play alongside the LSO players.
LSO animateur Paul Rissmann will present the concert from the stage, guiding the audience through the music. Large screens will be mounted on either side of the stage to allow the audience to witness the concert up close.
Young Londoners who have benefited from the Mayor's Music Fund will also attend the concert. The charity gives support to young people with musical potential whose families cannot always meet the cost of instrumental tuition, and provides opportunities for them to meet and even play with professionals.