2018/19 season opening concert: New Music Britain


Sir Simon Rattle

Sun 16 Sep 2018 7.00pm - 9.05pm
Barbican Hall, London

HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Donum Simoni MMXVIII * (world premiere)
HOLST Egdon Heath
MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE Dispelling the Fears †
BRITTEN Spring Symphony

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Philip Cobb trumpet †
Gábor Tarkövi trumpet †
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
Allan Clayton tenor
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
Tiffin Boys' Choir
Tiffin Children's Chorus
The Tiffin Girls' School Choir
James Day
 Tiffin choirs director
London Symphony Orchestra

* Co-commissioned by the LSO and Barbican

Tickets: £56 £41 £31 £22 £16

£10 Wildcard tickets available
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£5 under-18s tickets available

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On sale dates:
Online: Friday 2 February 2018 10am
By Phone: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10am
In Person: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10am

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Part of 2018/19 Season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

New Music. British Music. Two central pillars of musical life for the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle, to launch a new season.

Once more we fire the starting gun of the new season with an all-British programme – featuring the world premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s new Fanfare and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s wild double trumpet concerto Dispelling the Fears.

Holst’s Egdon Heath reflects the curious setting of Thomas Hardy’s major works, a place ‘accordant with man's nature – neither ghastly, hateful, nor ugly; … but, like man, slighted and enduring; and withal singularly colossal and mysterious in its swarthy monotony’. Then clear away the haze with an uplifting symphony which reflects on ‘the progress of winter to spring and the reawakening of the earth and life’.

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Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 17 September 2018 7.30pm

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