BMW LSO Open Air Classics


A free open-air concert in the heart of London

Time and place?

Sunday 21 May 2017 6.30pm
Trafalgar Square, London

What was on the programme?

RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
RACHMANINOV arr GLYN Non Allegro from ‘Symphonic Dances’ *
RACHMANINOV Allegro molto, Adagio and Allegro Vivace from Symphony No 2

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Who was on?

Valery Gergiev conductor
Behzod Abduraimov piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Young musicians from LSO On Track *
Students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama *

Tell me more!

The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, performed an all-Rachmaninov programme in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday 21 May, the sixth concert in the Orchestra’s annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics series, free and open to all.

Rising star pianist Behzod Abduraimov made his debut with the LSO performing Rachmaninov's famous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and the concert finished with the composer's emotionally and musically expansive Second Symphony, a work that is considered to be amongst the composer’s finest achievements. In between 40 young musicians from East London from the LSO’s On Track programme, and musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama played side-by-side with members of the LSO in specially arranged movements from the Symphonic Dances.

The concert is the result of a partnership between the LSO and BMW who share the belief that great music is for everyone, whatever their background or situation. Now highly-anticipated in London’s musical calendar, BMW LSO Open Air Classics each year offers everyone who can be there, Londoners and visitors to the city alike, the opportunity to experience the LSO free and in the open air in Trafalgar Square. Large screens and state-of-the-art sound technology allow the whole crowd to witness the concert close-up, making the experience equally special at the back of the square as at the front.

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Event FAQs

Getting in and out

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.

What if it's full?

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 5pm 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.

Please be aware that if you leave the Square and it fills up while you are out, you will not be able to get back in.

Accessibility

We have implemented the following measures to make the event as accessible and inclusive as possible for a wide range of audience members:

  • 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 best entry points for this area are either side of The National Gallery.
  • The area also has a hearing loop.
  • Large print programmes are available.
  • 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.

Please enter the square via the north west entrance.

Not comfortable?

Furniture is not allowed in the Square. 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.

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 didn't bring a coat!

What time will it finish?

About 8.15pm


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