An annual free, open-air concert in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Sunday 17 May 2015 6.30pm
Trafalgar Square, London
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH Passacaglia and Burlesque from Violin Concerto No 1
SHOSTAKOVICH arr Gareth Glyn March, Polka and Waltz from Jazz Suites *
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 1
Valery Gergiev conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
Paul Rissmann presenter
London Symphony Orchestra
LSO On Track *
Guildhall School musicians *
The LSO was delighted to be joined by the captivating young violinist Nicola Benedetti, who performed 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 was his Festive Overture, a rousing brass fanfare to the start the day and lead us through to his First Symphony, which ended it – a bold and dramatic, biting and satirical work completed when the composer was only 19-years old.
This event was 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 saw the Orchestra joined by members of LSO On Track, our educational initiative for young instrumentalists from East London, and together they showed 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 guided the audience through the programme and large screens across the square ensured that everyone got the chance to see the action up close.