Dvořák Slavonic Dances Op 46, Nos 1 & 3
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
Ayanna Witter-Johnson DreamCity *
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker – Ballet: Act II
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Leia Zhu violin
London Symphony Orchestra
LSO East London Academy Young Musicians *
FREE ENTRY – take your place from 5pm for a 6.30pm start
No glass or furniture in the Square.
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After a year away, the LSO's free summer concert in Trafalgar Square – BMW Classics – returns on Sunday 15 August 2021, showcasing the next generation of music stars.
A giant temporary stage in the Square will host Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, joined by young musicians from the pioneering LSO East London Academy and teenage violin prodigy Leia Zhu, guest soloist for Saint-Saëns’ great showpiece, Introduction and Rondo capriccioso.
The programme features music inspired by the theme of dance and ballet, with Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, in addition to the first live performance of Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s DreamCity, for which the young East London musicians join the ranks of the LSO.
For our audiences around the world, the concert will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel and made available for a further 90 days.
Getting in and out
Entry and exit to Trafalgar Square is via the Upper Terrace in front of The National Gallery at either end, and via the south east corner towards the entry for Charing Cross Tube station. The south west corner towards the Mall is for exit only. Entrances will open from 5pm.
If you have drinks in glass bottles with you, you will be asked to decant these into biodegradable plastic jugs provided at the entrance points.
What if it's full?
The lower part of the square will be filled up first; the upper terrace will have a very limited view of the stage.
We advise that you should arrive early to secure a place. Entrances will open from 5pm. Should the square fill completely, we will need to close the entrance barriers and it’s unlikely any further entry will be granted.
Please be aware that if you leave the Square and it fills up while you are out, you will not be able to get back in.
We have implemented the following measures to make the event as accessible and inclusive as possible for a wide range of audience members:
Furniture is not allowed in the Square. Cushions are available to hire from carts at just £2.50 each. Toilets are located on the lower terrace towards the back.
Can we bring a picnic?
You are welcome to bring food and drink in, although please do not bring glass for safety reasons. If you have drinks in glass bottles with you, you will be asked to decant these into biodegradable plastic jugs provided at the entrance points.
There is a café located inside the Square if you wish to buy refreshments when you arrive.
Please don't bring furniture with you, but rugs for the floor are fine.
What if it rains?
We’ll play on for as long as we can, but if the rain gets too heavy we’ll have to stop. There will be messages on the big screens and announcements made, so sit tight and we’ll keep you posted. We have biodegradable plastic ponchos in case you didn't bring a coat!
What time will it finish?
About 8.10pm at the latest.
This concert will be streamed live on the LSO's YouTube channel.