Shakespeare 400

An introduction to the ways in which composers have been inspired by Shakespeare.

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An introduction to the London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2015/16 concerts featuring music which tells a story.

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Royal Festival Hall 2015/16

  • Please note that a transaction fee of £1.75 will be added to each order made online.
  • Tickets booked fewer than five working days before the date of the concert will be available for collection at the ticket office from 6.30pm on the day of the performance.
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7.30pm concerts are not recommended for children of five years and under, and Southbank Centre staff reserve the right to refuse entry to young children for these events. We recommend our FUNharmonics concerts for children.


Shakespeare400: The Tempest

Osmo Vänskä conducts Sibelius and Dvořák

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Dvořák Piano Concerto
Sibelius The Tempest: excerpts from the Incidental Music

Osmo Vänskä conductor
Stephen Hough piano
Lilli Paasikivi mezzo soprano
Simon Callow narrator
London Philharmonic Orchestra

In celebration of the 150 years since the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, perhaps his most significant living advocate Osmo Vänskä conducts some of the last music the composer wrote: Vänskä’s own narrated arrangement of excerpts from the orchestral suites for The Tempest, based on incidental music written in 1925 for a performance of the play in Copenhagen. This most ambitious of Sibelius’s theatre scores sees the composer exploring the tantalising new sonorities and techniques that might have come to fruition were it not for his famous creative block of three decades. All the magic and mystery of The Tempest is heard here after a rare performance by Stephen Hough of Dvořák’s compelling and virtuosic Piano Concerto.

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Are you a student or under 26?

You can benefit from discounted tickets to this concert through our NOISE scheme. Students are eligible for £4 tickets and under 26 year olds are eligible for £8 tickets (ID required). 

Call the box office on 0207 840 4242 for details and to book tickets (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

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