Half Six Fix: French Connections


Elegance. Atmosphere. Adventure.

Wed 14 Sep 2022 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

Hector Berlioz Overture: Le corsaire
Claude Debussy Fanfare and Le sommeil de Lear from ‘Music to King Lear’
Tōru Takemitsu Fantasma/Cantos II
Maurice Ravel La valse

Sir Simon Rattle conductor & presenter
Peter Moore trombone
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £35 £24 £18

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From Thursday 31 March 10am: LSO Patrons, LSO Pioneers & LSO Ambassador Friends
From Monday 4 April 10am: all LSO Friends (Ambassador, Benefactor, Associate & Supporter levels), Groups

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From Friday 8 April 10am

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

LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle celebrates the sheer beauty of sound, in a pocket-sized concert with a French flavour.

Maybe it’s the effortless sense of style, maybe it’s that Parisian appetite for the finer things in life, but French music has a sound that’s entirely its own. Ravel waltzes elegantly through the end of the world, Debussy gives Shakespeare a very Gallic makeover, and Berlioz sets sail on the high seas, in his swashbuckling Le corsaire. And there’s a beautiful gem from Japan: a Zen garden in sound by the late, great Tōru Takemitsu.

Sir Simon Rattle has always loved the sound that French music makes, whether elegant and ethereal like Debussy and Ravel, or as unashamedly out-there as Hector Berlioz. Today he introduces and conducts some personal favourites, as well as a ravishing miniature from a Japanese master who was also a personal friend.

‘I think and feel in sounds.’
~Maurice Ravel


What is Half Six Fix?
A burst of music to start your evening, with a relaxed atmosphere and introductions from the conductor. Find out more.

'The London Symphony Orchestra’s regular Half Six Fix is a quick shot rather than the full classical cocktail: one hour; one symphony; no messing around.' (inews)

Your Visit

Standard seating is being used for this concert. We encourage audience members to bring and wear a face covering, unless you are exempt.


The Barbican Centre is fully accessible. Please visit this page for full details or contact us at [email protected] at any point ahead of your visit to let us know how we can support you.

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