2020/21 Season Opening


Sir Simon Rattle & Peter Donohoe

Sun 13 Sep 2020 7.00pm - 9.05pm
Barbican Hall, London

Mark-Anthony Turnage Last Song for Olly (World Premiere)*
Tippett Piano Concerto
Thomas Adés Luxury Suite from 'Powder Her Face'
Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Donohoe piano
London Symphony Orchestra


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Part of 2020/21 season

Part of Thomas Adés at 50 at the Barbican

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

*LSO Commission generously supported by Susie Thompson

Sir Simon Rattle launches the LSO’s new season with a celebration of British music – including Britten, Tippett and Thomas Adès, plus a world premiere from Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Under Sir Simon Rattle, it’s become traditional to open each LSO season with a celebration of British music, old and new, and this year his choice of pieces ranges from the divine decadence of Thomas Adès’ Powder her Face to Britten’s brilliant workout for full symphony orchestra.

Because British music has never played to stereotypes, these are explosions of colour, created by outsize personalities: whether Tippett’s ecstatic concerto, played by Peter Donohoe, a giant among British pianists, or Thomas Adès’s fabulously raucous tale of a society scandal. But first of all, we’re making history – a world premiere, from one composer to another: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s musical eulogy to Oliver Knussen, one of the most important composers in Sir Simon’s life.


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