HANS ABRAHAMSEN Let me tell you
SIBELIUS Symphony No 7
Introduced on stage by the conductor
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Barbara Hannigan soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: £36 £31 £22 £16 £12
£5 under-18s tickets available
£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
On sale dates:
Online: Friday 2 February 2018 10am
By Phone: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10am
In Person: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10am
Part of 2018/19 Season
Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.
Two works of extraordinary emotional intensity are performed back-to-back in this one hour concert, presented and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Sibelius compresses the full energy of a symphony into a single movement with his unconventional Seventh. Notable for its rich complexity and fluidity, Sir Simon Rattle has described Sibelius’ final published symphony as ‘almost like a scream.’
Hauntingly beautiful and achingly sparse, Abrahamsen’s let me tell you plunders lines from Hamlet to explore the perspective of Shakespeare’s Ophelia. It pairs stark instrumentation with the remarkable voice of Barbara Hannigan, to whom the piece is dedicated.
This concert is part of Half Six Fix, a new way to experience the LSO. Enjoy a drink from your seat, hear an introduction to the music from Sir Simon Rattle before the performance, and read programme notes on your phone or device.
At this concert we will be offering a new experience – information and insight about the music delivered in real time to your smartphone. 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.
Here's how to get involved:
Before the concert day
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'
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 automatically and will 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 EnCue icon in the lower left portion of the screen. You will know you are in sync when the icon is completely blue.
There is a user guide contained in the app which can be accessed by tapping the (?) icon in the top right of the screen.
Apple users: if you have previously downloaded the app, you should download the latest version from the App Store. This will fix a previous bug in the iOS11 operating system that was causing the app to freeze.
These concerts start at 6.30pm and last for one hour, without an interval, featuring a short programme of one or two major works, which the conductor will introduce from the stage.
To bring you closer to the action, we’ll have screens to showcase the performers and programme notes available electronically on your Android or iPhone device. You can also enjoy the music with a drink in your seat.