2017/18 season launch: New Music Britain


This Is Rattle

Thu 14 Sep 2017 7.30pm - 10.15pm
Barbican Hall, London

HELEN GRIME Fanfare* (world premiere)
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma'

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Christian Tetzlaff violin
London Symphony Orchestra

*Commissioned for Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra by the Barbican

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Wildcard info and T&Cs

£3 online booking fee, £4 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

Part of the main season multibuy - click here for more information on multibuys
£5 under-18s tickets available


Part of the 2017/18 season

This is it. A new beginning and a statement of intent. The first concert from the new Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

This is Helen Grime and Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen and Elgar. This is Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Sir Simon Rattle. This is the best of British music together.

This is starting with something new and ending with something timeless, celebrating those that came between: five generations of our best composers and two performers without peers.

This is the LSO.

This is Christian Tetzlaff.

This is Sir Simon Rattle, LSO Music Director.

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Pre-concert events

6.15pm Barbican Foyers
The LSO Discovery Choirs perform in the foyers

6.30pm Welcome Reception
Ticket-holders are invited to enjoy a free glass of sparkling wine to celebrate the launch of the 2017/18 season, generously provided by Chapel Down, the LSO’s Official Drinks Partner.

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Broadcasts & Live Streams

Broadcast Live on BBC Radio 3

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Broadcast to mainland Europe, Canada and Asia on Mezzo TV

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Live streamed on Arte Concert

VIP packages

A special VIP package, including a top price ticket and attendance at an exclusive post-concert party, is still available at a cost of £130.

Please visit lsoseasonopening.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Hannah Bone ([email protected] or 020 7382 2563) for further details.

About the music

> Meet Helen Grime in this blog by the Barbican

Video: David Owen Norris on Elgar's Enigma Variations (watch part II on the LSO YouTube channel)


Also in this series:

Sun 17 Sep 2017: The Damnation of Faust

Tue 19 Sep 2017: The Damnation of Faust

Wed 13 Dec 2017: Strauss & Mahler

Sat 16 Dec 2017: Bernstein 100

Sun 17 Dec 2017: Strauss & Mahler