Rachmaninoff & Friends: Olena Tokar & Igor Gryshyn

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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Fri 11 Feb 2022 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov The Nightingale and the Rose; The Nymph; It Was Not The Wind; A Farewell; The Flying Chain of Clouds is Thinning; The Larks Song is Ringing Louder 
Alma Schindler-Mahler Die stille Stadt; In meines Vaters Garten; Laue Sommernacht; Bei dir iest es traut; Ich wandler unter Blumen
Sergei Rachmaninoff Dreams; The Lilacs; How Fair This Spot; Night is Mournful; They Answered; What Happiness; Spring Waters

Olena Tokar soprano
Igor Gryshyn piano

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

Part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts multibuy - click here for more information on multibuys


On sale dates

Priority Booking 
From Friday 22 October 10am: LSO Patrons, LSO Pioneers & LSO Ambassador Friends
From Monday 25 October 10am: all LSO Friends (Ambassador, Benefactor, Associate & Supporter levels)

Public Booking
From Tuesday 2 November 10am


Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Rachmaninoff’s life and career crossed over the 19th and 20th centuries, and took him from Europe to the US. In this series we hear his music alongside works by his friends and contemporaries.

Soprano Olena Tokar and pianist Igor Gryshyn explore the songs of Rachmaninoff and his contemporaries: music as intimate as it is ardent.

‘Spellbinding’ was how one critic recently described the Ukrainian soprano Olena Tokar; another praised the ‘sensuous, translucent fragility’ of her singing. In other words, she’s a near-ideal interpreter of the songs of Sergei Rachmaninoff and his Russian contemporaries, and today, with regular collaborator Igor Gryshyn, she performs a personal selection: miniature dramas of yearning, tenderness and delight, charged with all of Rachmaninoff’s unrivalled gift for atmosphere and melody.

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.


Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3

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