LSO Futures


NB Change of event

Sun 13 Jun 2021 6.30pm - 8.15pm
Barbican Hall, London

Charlie Piper Flēotan*
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Fairtrade?*
Betsy Jolas Well Met Suite
George Stevenson Vanishing City* (world premiere)
Mark Simpson Violin Concerto± (world premiere with live audience)

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
London Symphony Orchestra

LSO Futures is generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust

*Commissioned through the Panufnik Composers Scheme, generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust

±Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra (with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and The Marchus Trust), WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 

Tickets: £35 £24 £18

£5 under-18s tickets available

£3 online booking fee

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.


Digital programme notes
Free WiFi is available in the 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.

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



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Change of event

Due to disruption caused by travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, François-Xavier Roth and Patricia Kopatchinskaja have regrettably had to withdraw from this concert. This has necessitated a change of artists and programme.

The LSO is very grateful to Ryan Wigglesworth for agreeing to step in to conduct, and to violinist Nicola Benedetti, who will now be appearing as soloist.

This concert will now feature Mark Simpson’s highly acclaimed Violin Concerto, the first performance of the piece to a live audience, following its world premiere online in April on Marquee TV. George Stevenson's Vanishing City will also receive its world premiere, in addition to the unchanged performances of Charlie Piper’s Flēotan, Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s Fairtrade? and Betsy Jolas’ Well Met Suite. The planned UK premiere of Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto, written for Patricia Kopatchinskaja, has been postponed.

Posted 2.30pm Thu 3 Jun 2021

Music is constantly evolving and endlessly intriguing, as living legend Betsy Jolas well knows, and her Well Met Suite is a mirror into the characteristics of musicians at work. It is 'music about music, and the life of music'.

Striking short works by Charlie Piper and Ayanna Witter-Johnson begin the programme, and we will hear the premiere of George Stevenson's Vanishing City, much-delayed by COVID. Stevenson shares with Piper and Witter-Johnson his experience as an alumnus of the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme, and like all the composers we hear today, they are at the cutting edge of classical music of our age.

Mark Simpson's Violin Concerto was first heard in April in a streamed concert, receiving rave reviews, and tonight we’ll be among the very first people to hear it in person. This imaginative young Liverpudlian composer has a habit of thinking big, and telling it like it is. With Nicola Benedetti bringing all her unrivalled charisma and communicative power, this work is something very special indeed.

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.