Trafalgar Square transformed for people's concert with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra

Sadiq Khan, London's Mayor, welcomes the crowd at BMW Classics

On Sunday 1 July 2018, an audience of 10,000 people joined Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra in BMW Classics, an evening of orchestral music, transforming Trafalgar Square into the world’s biggest concert hall for one night.

Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor, got up on stage with Sir Simon Rattle and BMW’s Ian Robertson to welcome the audience. He said: ‘It is wonderful that Trafalgar Square has been transformed into a concert hall to welcome one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras. Hosting a free event of this scale, in the heart of London, brings world-class classical music to a modern and diverse audience. I’m particularly delighted that 50 of our city’s most talented young musicians had the opportunity to perform alongside Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra.’

Sir Simon was joined by 100 musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra playing alongside 50 young musicians from the LSO On Track programme in East London and musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The programme featured music on a theme of dance and ballet by Dvořák, Massenet, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky and includes a world premiere by 29-year-old composer and pianist Kate Whitley, founder of Peckham Car Park’s Multi-Story Orchestra.

BMW Classics
London Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 1 July 2018 5pm
Trafalgar Square, London

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