Ayanna Witter-Johnson & LSO Percussion Ensemble

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+ YouTube live stream

Sat 20 Nov 2021 8.00pm - 10.00pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's & Online

Gwilym Simcock Barber Blues
Joe Locke Her Sanctuary
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Unconditionally
Gwilym Simcock Holding
Makoto Ozone arr Simon Carrington Kato’s Revenge
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Forever* (world premiere)
Gwilym Simcock Quintet 

Ayanna Witter-Johnson cello, voice & composer
LSO Percussion Ensemble
Neil Percy, David Jackson, Sam Walton, Jacob Brown & Gwilym Simcock

With thanks to the Huo Family Foundation and Yamaha Music Europe, for their support of today’s concert

*Commissioned for the LSO Percussion Ensemble, supported by Yamaha Music Europe.



Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions, £5 under-18s)
NB Unallocated seating

£0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

Composer-cellist-singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson appearing with the LSO Percussion Ensemble brings the promise of a vibrant, jazz-infused evening.

Combining alternative R&B with classical – and with influences from soul, hip hop and reggae too – Witter-Johnson is the definition of an eclectic soul. Building on Unconditionally, a love song for her mother (‘nothing comes between me and you’), she takes to the stage with the LSO Percussion Ensemble for the premiere of a brand new piece. Paying further homage to her mother and the Ghanaian West African Dance troupe of her youth, Forever speaks to Witter-Johnson’s earliest memories of a lasting love for dance and music.

All this alongside selections from ‘formidable musician’ and regular LSO Percussion Ensemble collaborator Gwilym Simcock, hauntingly beautiful melodies from Joe Locke and energetic, rhythmic ingenuity from Makoto Ozone.

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 at LSO St Luke's arranged?

The majority of our seats are no longer socially-distanced, however some rows of seats in the stalls remain configured in socially-distanced singles and pairs. All seats are unallocated – you may book for stalls or balcony, and are then free to sit wherever you wish.

What other safety measures are in place once inside?

  • Staff and audience members are encouraged to wear a face covering inside LSO St Luke's at all times unless exempt.
  • The hall and each seat will be cleaned between performances.
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned at the entrance and around the building.
  • Programme notes are digital and donation points use contactless technology.
  • An official NHS QR code poster is displayed at the entrance to the venue, so visitors can 'check in' on the NHS Test & Trace app.
  • Audience members are asked not to arrive earlier than 30 minutes before concerts.

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.

YouTube Livestream

This concert will be streamed live on the LSO YouTube channel