Half Six Fix

One-hour concerts at 6.30pm

Half Six Fix is a new way to experience the LSO. First-hand insights from the conductor, a relaxed atmosphere, great music, and the full impact of the London Symphony Orchestra – all in 60 minutes. 

Half Six Fix concerts start at 6.30pm and last an hour, with no interval. With one or two pieces of music on the bill – and the conductor on-hand to tell you about how the music works and why they think everyone should hear it – it’s your chance to enjoy the full experience of live orchestral music in just 60 minutes.

We’re also bringing you new ways to experience the LSO. Get a close-up view of the performers on our big screens, find out more about the music with real-time programme notes on your Android or iPhone device, or just sit back and enjoy the performance.

At the Barbican, you’re in the right place if you want to make the most of your evening. The foyer bars will be open before and after the concerts, you can take drinks into the concert hall, and there are a range of restaurants and cafés on site for dinner before you head home. 


Tickets are £12 to £37 plus booking fee, with multibuy discounts and £5 tickets for under-18s available. You can also book Wildcard Tickets for £10 – you won’t know your seat until the day of the performance, but you’re guaranteed one worth at least £12, and you might get lucky and find yourself in the best spot in the house!

Wednesday 13 November 2019
PROKOFIEV Symphony No 5
with Michael Tilson Thomas

Wednesday 12 February 2020
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 9
with Sir Simon Rattle

Wednesday 18 March 2020 
BARTÓK Dance Suite
BARTÓK The Wooden Prince
with François-Xavier Roth

Wednesday 22 April 2020 
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
with Sir Simon Rattle

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Programme note app FAQs

At these concerts we will be offering a new experience – information and insight about the music delivered in real time to your smartphone via the EnCue app.

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Here's how to get involved:

Before the concert day
1. Download EnCue from either the App Store or Google Play (the app is free)

On the concert day
1. Make sure your phone is fully charged before leaving for the Barbican
2. Connect to our dedicated WiFi network 'LSO Half Six Fix' with the password 'LSOHalfSixFix'
3. Set your phone to silent. We also recommend turning off auto screen lock and disabling push notifications
4. Open the EnCue app
5. You can sign in with Facebook or your email if you want to create an account. This lets you save slides to view later, or share them to Facebook. If you’d rather not create an account, select 'Skip'
6. Select London from the list of available cities
7. Tap 'Download Performance' then 'View Performance'. The notes will start and advance automatically during the performance – you can swipe left or right to browse content on your own, and re-sync with the performance at any time by tapping the switch icon in the lower left portion of the screen. 

There is a user guide contained in the app which can be accessed by tapping the (?) icon in the top right of the screen.


What is EnCue?

EnCue is a mobile app that enhances audience engagement during live performing arts events. The app delivers media to viewers in real time, creating a unique opportunity for viewers to receive helpful information at the exact moment you need it during live events.

Do I need an internet connection?

EnCue requires a connection to the internet during performances via WiFi. Connect to our dedicated network called 'LSO Half Six Fix' with the password 'LSOHalfSixFix'.

Does it use a lot of data?

EnCue performance media requires very little data usage, with total downloads averaging between 1 and 5 megabytes per piece performed. For perspective, most data plans are measured in gigabytes (1 gb = 1000 mb)

Does EnCue connect to social media?

EnCue enables you to share content through your Facebook account.

Is EnCue distracting during performances?

Through testing over the past six years, EnCue has developed Custom Dark Screen Technology™ and Glance-Optimized Media™ that reduces the glare from your screen. As a result, both users and non-users comfortably use EnCue without distraction.

Will EnCue work on my phone?

Users must have a smartphone with internet connectivity in order to use EnCue. Currently, EnCue supports both iOS6 and above and Android devices running OS version 4.4 (KitKat).

Things you should do

Auto screen lock (security setting)
Screen saver/sleep mode (display setting)
Push notifications

Volume/ringers (audio settings)
Text and app alerts (audio settings)

Power all mobile devices before attending an EnCue-enabled live event.

Got further questions? Read more FAQs on this blog.

Half Six Fix