Sparkling Summer Music

Sparkling Summer Music

An exceptional series of concerts in the heart of the City performed by the world's greatest artists.

Summer with the LSO

The LSO has barely had chance to breathe this spring as it returns to its regular concert series following whirlwind tours around East Asia and Europe – yet with the summer fast approaching there are still many chances to join the thousands of music-lovers coming to hear the Orchestra perform at its London home.

From the end of April to the end of June the Orchestra is joined by a host of special guest artists – including Daniele Gatti, Sir Mark Elder, Nicola Benedetti and Sir Simon Rattle – to perform music from Beethoven and Birtwistle to Shostakovich and Strauss.

...the glitter-bomb finale — horn players on their feet, clarinets and oboes raised like peashooters — was simply thrilling.
The Times, Feb 2014

Cick here to browse through our latest events guide or follow the links on the right to choose your perfect summer night out.



Barbican and beyond

As well as appearing at their home at the Barbican, the LSO is also appearing around London this summer at various festivals and at it's very own outdoor concert ...

Open Air
Prokofiev performed to thousands in Trafalgar Square and 1,000 massed voices join together in the East End.
> Sun 11 May: BMW LSO Open Air Classics in Trafalgar Square
> Sun 21 Jun: Crowd Out at Arnold Circus

City of London Festival
St Paul's Cathedral will ring to the sounds of Bruckner and Beethoven as part of the City's annual arts festival
> Thu 3 Jul: Bruckner's Ninth Symphony with LSO Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Harding
> Tue 15 Jul: Beethoven's every-popular 'Choral' Ninth Symphony

2014 BBC Proms
The LSO makes two visits to the Royal Albert Hall this summer
> Thu 24 Jul: Janacek's epic Glagolitic Mass with LSO Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev
> Sat 16 Aug: Bernard Haitink conducts a programme of Schubert and Mahler

Summer Highlights

Unique soundworlds
Modern music's master of legend and landscapes Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Messiaen's breathtaking tapestry of exotic sound.
> Tue 20 May: Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Earth Dances
> Sun 29 Jun: Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony

Blissful Beethoven
Few figures in the history of music are as recognisable or as influential as Beethoven. This summer the LSO dedicates four concerts to his timeless music from the sublime Mass in C to the 'Eroica' Symphony.
> Sun 1 Jun: The Violin Concerto performed by Veronika Eberle
> Fri 6 Jun: An all-Beethoven programme, including the Eroica Symphony, conducted by Leonidas Kavakos
> Sun 22 Jun: Fabio Luisi conducts the Mass in C
> Sun 29 Jun: Jonathan Nott conducts Symphony
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Superstar soloists
Violinist Nicola Benedetti leads a fabulous line-up of soloists who appear alongside the Orchestra this summer.
> Tue 20 May: Paul Lewis performs Brahms
> Sun 1 Jun: Veronika Eberle performs Beethoven
> Thu 12 Jun: Nicola Benedetti performs Bruch
> Thu 19 Jun: Lise de la Salle performs Mozart

LSO Invites
It’s an exciting time at the LSO as we welcome a line-up of new faces to conduct the Orchestra.
> Wed 14 May: Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Prokofiev & Shostakovich
> Fri 6 Jun: Leonidas Kavakos conducts Beethoven
> Thu 19 Jun: Fabio Luisi conducts Mozart, Bruckner
> Sun 22 Jun: Fabio Luisi conducts Strauss & Beethoven
> Sun 29 Jun: Jonathan Nott conducts Beethoven & Messiaen

Family Fun
A whizz around the globe for the under-12s and a different take on classical music for all the family to enjoy.
> Sun 15 Jun: LSO Family Concert – Trains, Planes & Automobiles
> Mon 23 Jun: Rites of Passage

Event Calendar

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The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2014

Exploring the art of conducting with the Jury and Candidates of the 2014 competition, held in London on 6–8 December 2014. The winner of the competition was Elim Chan.


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