Grieg, Rachmaninoff & Beethoven


With socially-distanced audience

Thu 27 May 2021 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Barbican Hall, London

Grieg The Last Spring
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2
Beethoven Symphony No 5

NB no interval

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Yuja Wang piano
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £35 £24 £18

£5 under-18s tickets available

£3 online booking fee

Digital programme notes
Free WiFi is available in the Barbican Hall for you to view digital programmes during the concert.

Print-at-home programme
You can bring a copy of our print-at-home alternative with you if you would prefer. Please recycle your programme after use.


Under new guidelines, there are fewer available seats in the Barbican Hall, set as single tickets or in groups of twos, threes and fours. We ask you to not swap seats so we can maintain a safe distance between you and other groups.

Tickets must be booked online in advance.

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

> This concert is repeated on 26 May at 6.30pm and 27 May at 3.30pm

Yuja Wang and Michael Tilson Thomas: two names that speak for themselves, in Rachmaninoff’s hugely popular Second Piano Concerto. Much more than just a brief encounter …

Rachmaninoff was shaping up to be the greatest pianist in history when he wrote his Second Concertoand even he used to consider it a challenge. So when you hear how effortless Yuja Wang makes it sound, you’ll understand why her concerts sell out around the globe.

And because Yuja’s playing is pure inspiration, Michael Tilson Thomas opens and closes the concert with two pieces that grab you, heart and soul. From Norway, a ravishing miniature from Edvard Grieg, whose music was once described as ‘bonbons wrapped in snow’. Then, to finish – well, what can we possibly say about the most famous symphony ever written? Except that if all you know of Beethoven’s Fifth is those incredible first few notes, you’re in for the musical adventure of a lifetime.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Dvora Lewis, the LSO's former PR, who died in November 2020.

Need to know

We are doing everything we can to make your visit safe and enjoyable. Below are answers to some FAQs, and you can find further information here.

How are seats in the Barbican Hall arranged?

There are fewer seats available, set as single tickets or in groups of twos, threes and fours. Clusters are separated by at least one empty seat and people from different household groups will be at least 1 metre apart from each other when seated.

What other safety measures are in place once inside?

Click here to see the measures the Barbican is taking. Please be aware that visitors are asked to wear face coverings at all times while in the Centre, unless exempt.

What happens if a concert is cancelled or postponed?

In the event of cancellations or postponements, all audience members will be given the option of a refund, exchange or credit.

What if I or someone I know develops Coronavirus symptoms before the concert?

Please stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you’ve recently been in contact with someone who has the virus. Tickets can be exchanged for another LSO concert or credit vouchers valid for six months.

Can I watch online?

Our May and June concerts will be recorded for future broadcast. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for further updates.