BMW LSO Open Air Classics 2016


Free open air concert

Sun 22 May 2016 6.30pm - 8.15pm
Trafalgar Square, London

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY arr GARETH GLYN Suite from Swan Lake*

Valery Gergiev conductor
Paul Rissmann presenter
Young musicians from LSO On Track*
Students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama*
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: free entry, no ticket required

We strongly advise arriving before 5.30pm to guarentee entry and to avoid disappointment

The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, will perform an all-Tchaikovsky programme in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday 22 May, the fifth concert in the Orchestra’s annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics series, free and open to all.

Tchaikovsky’s spectacular 1812 Overture and Symphony No 4 are performed as well as an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake suite for which 42 young musicians from East London from the LSO’s On Track programme, and 23 musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama play side-by-side with members of the LSO. The concert is presented by Paul Rissmann.

The concert is the fifth event in the BMW LSO Open Air Classics series, a unique and now hotly-anticipated fixture in London’s musical calendar which each year has seen a capacity crowd of thousands of Londoners and visitors experience the LSO in the heart of London completely free and open to all.

Principal Partner: BMW. Supported by Mayor of London


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 5.30pm 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.


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.

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’ve not got an umbrella or coat!

What time will it finish?

About 8.15pm

Video: 2015 concert