Gala Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral

Thu 23 Jun 2022 7.00pm - 9.00pm
St Paul's Cathedral, London

Berlioz Marche funèbre from ‘Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale’ (procession)
Messiaen Communion & Sortie from 'Messe de la Pentecôte'
Messiaen Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
Messiaen Apparition de l'église éternelle
Berlioz Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Simon Johnson organ
Musicians from the Guildhall School
Musicians from Music Academy of the West
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £100 £65 £50 £35 £25

£3 online booking fee, £4 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees

50% discount for under-18s *

10% discount for groups of 10 or more - click here for more information about group booking

Priority booking for LSO Friends from Monday 21 March 2022 (Ambassador level) and Tuesday 22 March 2022 (all LSO Friends)
Public booking opens Wednesday 23 March 2022

* One adult ticket must be purchased for every three under-18 tickets. Maximum of four under-18 tickets per booking.

Gala Media Partner

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This event is made possible by the support of Sir Joseph Hotung Charitable Settlement. 

Music Academy Classic Vertical 200

The lead sponsors of the London Symphony Orchestra/Music Academy of the West partnership are Linda and Michael Keston and Mary Lynn and Warren Staley. Additional support has been provided in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.

Illustration by Ink Between The Lines 2022

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Sir Simon Rattle directs a spectacular, site-specific performance of Berlioz’s colossal Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale in one of the few places that can do it justice: St Paul’s Cathedral.  

‘Come, you chosen heroes! Change your victors’ laurels for the garlands of immortality!’ Hector Berlioz was never one for understatement, but even by his standards, the Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale was something unprecedented: a towering monument in sound, written to be performed in an enormous public space and scored for a small army of marching musicians. 

It will be a musical event on a scale that Berlioz would have recognised, starting with an atmospheric procession of over 80 musicians into the Cathedral and, once inside, using the vast, soaring interior of St Paul’s and its surroundings.

Three of Messiaen’s most personal masterpieces provide a dazzling complement to Berlioz’s one-off sonic spectacular – including solos by Simon Johnson, a former Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the powerful fanfare for brass, winds and percussion, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.

Always Playing Appeal
The evening raises funds to support the LSO’s Always Playing Appeal, launched in 2020 to support the Orchestra’s recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In support of the Appeal, the evening also includes a very special Gala Dinner event. Please visit for more details.

Event & Venue Details

Please be seated by 6.45pm (doors open at 5.45pm)
This will ensure that we can seat everyone and start promptly. Due to the procession of musicians, those arriving after 6.45pm may have to wait outside or at back of the cathedral for a suitable time to take their seats. The concert will not include an interval.

Entrance & Access
Concert ticket holder should use the main West Front Entrance, or the South Churchyard Entrance for those needing step-free access.

Security checks
All bags will need to be checked upon entering the Cathedral so please keep hand luggage to a minimum. Please note that there are no cloakroom facilities.

The nearest toilet facilities will be the public toilets located outside the Cathedral in Paternoster Square, which will be open before and after the concert.

Always Playing Appeal

The evening raises funds to support the LSO’s Always Playing Appeal, launched in 2020 to support the Orchestra’s recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic had a devastating impact on the finances of many arts organisations, with the LSO’s income halved. The Always Playing Appeal focuses on allowing the LSO to build back stronger, sustaining its world-class musicians, as well as building on the digital innovations of the last two years to share the life-enhancing power of music with millions more around the world.

This landmark event Triomphale is an opportunity for the City of London to come together to celebrate this rebirth whilst supporting the Always Playing Appeal.

We are delighted that this evening has been selected as the official Livery concert of the City of London. 

This event is being run by London Symphony Orchestra Ltd (registered charity number 232391). Net proceeds from the event will be transferred to the LSO Always Playing Appeal Fund held by the LSO Endowment Trust (registered charity number 233700). This is an unrestricted fund to be used to make grants to the LSO Group with the primary focus being to sustain the LSO’s activities and support a new business model in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gala Dinner

This evening also includes a very special Gala Dinner event – more details available on this page.

Event Sponsorship

Event sponsorship opportunities are available, please click here for details or contact Kyle Buchanan, LSO Corporate Partnerships Manager, to find out more - [email protected] or +44 (0)20 7382 2569