2021/22 London Season

London Philharmonic Orchestra 2021/22 Concert Season

September 2021 - May 2022 at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall

 

It gives us enormous pleasure to present our 2021/22 London season, as we finally welcome audiences back to our Southbank Centre home for a full season of live concerts.

Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis conduct their first concerts as Principal Conductor and Principal Guest Conductor. Gardner opens the season with Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage, and also conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Canellakis conducts Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, and music by Scriabin, John Adams, Beethoven and Gershwin.

We celebrate new music this season with premieres including a Cello Concerto by Composer-in-Residence Brett Dean, the UK premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio, and Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion. We also present Composer Focuses on Lili Boulanger and Oliver Knussen, and the launch of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Vaughan Williams.

Vladimir Jurowski returns in his new role of Conductor Emeritus with programmes of Rachmaninoff, Bruckner, Shostakovich and Enescu, and our lineup of guest conductors includes Mark Elder, Marin Alsop, Klaus Mäkelä and Tan Dun. Soloists include Renée Fleming, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough, Mitsuko Uchida, Roderick Williams and Colin Currie. We welcome Julia Fischer this season for five concerts as Artist-in-Residence, performing all five of Mozart’s violin concertos, Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Vladimir Jurowski, and directing a chamber concert alongside LPO Principal players.

 

The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and for all of our future events, we will ensure that we have appropriate safety measures in place in accordance with government guidelines at the time.

Please note: we will be filming a selection of our 2021/22 season concerts at the Royal Festival Hall for future streaming on Marquee TV, during which certain sections of the audience may be captured in the background (we will not be shooting close ups of any audience members). By purchasing a ticket to any of these concerts you give the Orchestra permission to be captured on film for this purpose. Should you have any concerns, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

25 Sep 2021 | The Midsummer Marriage

Edward Gardner makes his debut as the LPO’s Principal Conductor with a landmark concert performance of Michael Tippett’s dazzling opera The Midsummer Marriage.

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1 Oct 2021 | Fantastic Symphony

Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz’s roof-raising Symphonie fantastique, alongside Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps, and Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto, played by the superb Nicolas Altstaedt.

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6 Nov 2021 | In Bluebeard’s Castle

The blazing sunlight of Haydn’s 90th Symphony is followed by Bartók’s dark psychological thriller Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Edward Gardner. Two very different musical visions in one unforgettable evening.

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7 Nov 2021 | FUNharmonics

An interactive family concert designed especially to invite our youngest audience members to explore Berlioz’s dramatic Symphonie fantastique.

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10 Nov 2021 | Landscapes and Lovesongs

A programme of mystery, adventure and romance. Edward Gardner conducts warm-hearted miniatures by Grieg, before Sibelius’s invigorating Second Symphony, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Jan Lisiecki.

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24 Nov 2021 | Seascapes and Visions

Klaus Mäkelä makes his long-awaited London debut to conduct an early Messiaen masterpiece, Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, with Truls Mørk, and Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and La mer.

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27 Nov 2021 | Canellakis conducts Sibelius

Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis conducts Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony, alongside the 80s rhythms of John Adams’s The Chairman Dances, and the Jazz-Age melodies of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto with Inon Barnatan.

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1 Dec 2021 | Poetry and Defiance

Stephen Hough plays Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto before Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.

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4 Dec 2021 | Christmas Oratorio

Mark Elder conducts the UK premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio, featuring soprano Lucy Crowe, baritone Roderick Williams and the London Philharmonic Choir.

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8 Dec 2021 | Jurowski conducts Rachmaninoff

In his first concert as Conductor Emeritus, Vladimir Jurowski conducts Shostakovich’s searing First Violin Concerto, featuring Leonidas Kavakos, before Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, and a haunting nocturne by Brett Dean.

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14 Jan 2022 | Soltani plays Shostakovich

Marin Alsop conducts Samuel Barber’s First Symphony and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony alongside Shostakovich’s powerful First Cello Concerto, played by Kian Soltani.

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19 Jan 2022 | Raw Emotion, Endless Peace

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony closes this evening’s concert, following Shostakovich’s punchy Second Violin Concerto, with Christian Tetzlaff, and a hauntingly beautiful piece by Victoria Borisova-Ollas, conducted by Karina Canellakis.

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22 Jan 2022 | Poems of Ecstasy

Karina Canellakis conducts music from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, before Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with Cédric Tiberghien, Lili Boulanger’s D’un soir triste, and Scriabin’s Fourth Symphony.

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26 Jan 2022 | Stormclouds and Spring Flowers

Kazushi Ono conducts Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, played by Andreas Ottensamer, and Dvořák’s stormy Seventh Symphony, interspersed with Debussy’s Printemps and Première rhapsodie.

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2 Feb 2022 | Julia Fischer plays Mozart: Straight out of Salzburg

The first of three concerts celebrating Mozart’s teenage masterpieces with Julia Fischer. She plays his Third and Fourth Violin Concertos between two works by Richard Strauss, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

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4 Feb 2022 | Julia Fischer plays Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante

Julia Fischer plays Mozart’s Fifth Violin concerto before joining viola star Nils Mönkemeyer for the sublime Sinfonia Concertante, alongside music by Richard Strauss, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

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6 Feb 2022 | Julia Fischer plays Chamber Music

Julia Fischer joins LPO string players for Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in a concert that also includes Bruch’s expansive String Octet, and the young Shostakovich at his most sardonic.

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9 Feb 2022 | Mahler’s First

Hannu Lintu conducts Mahler’s First Symphony, a piece that you simply have to hear live – just like Nielsen’s Helios, and Brett Dean’s Viola Concerto, played tonight by Lawrence Power.

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12 Feb 2022 | Julia Fischer plays Mozart: Adventures and Homages

Julia Fischer directs the Orchestra for Mozart’s First and Second Violin Concertos, alongside Tchaikovsky’s tender Serenade for Strings.

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19 Feb 2022 | Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion

A tale of wonder, truth and gentle but irresistible transformation. Tan Dun himself conducts the UK premiere of this masterpiece in which legends of Buddhism meet the tradition of Bach’s great choral Passions.

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23 Feb 2022 | Escape Velocity

Experience Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, John Adams’s high-octane joyride, Kaija Saariaho’s interstellar artefacts, and the creation of a new musical world: a piano concerto by Jimmy López.

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26 Feb 2022 | From Russia with Love

Klaus Mäkelä conducts Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony - its vast, storm-swept vistas, endless melodies and blissful love-song of a slow movement, alongside Prokofiev’s blend of heartfelt melody in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Daniel Lozakovich.

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9 Mar 2022 | Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Shostakovich

Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Shostakovich’s rarely heard masterpiece of a cello concerto, written at the height of the Cold War, alongside works by Judith Weir, Daniel Kidane and Bartók, conducted by Edward Gardner.

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16 Mar 2022 | Out of Italy

An authentic interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 by Richard Goode is accompanied by Strauss’s sumptuous Aus Italien and Vaughan Williams’s fizzing Overture to The Wasps.

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19 Mar 2022 | Bryn Terfel sings Brahms

Bryn Terfel brings a lifetime of incomparable communicative power to Brahms’s magnificent late songs, alongside Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande and Mendelssohn’s ethereal overture, conducted by Edward Gardner.

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25 Mar 2022 | Movie Legends

Film music from legendary Hollywood composer Danny Elfman alongside Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony. Colin Currie performs the world premiere of Elfman’s Percussion Concerto.

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30 Mar 2022 | Visions and Utterances

The sounds of today in all their diversity, with UK premieres from Mason Bates, Missy Mazzoli, Rebecca Saunders and George Walker, featuring pianist Nicolas Hodges and conducted by Edward Gardner.

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2 Apr 2022 | A German Requiem

Music that reaches for the sublime, with Brahms’s German Requiem, featuring soprano Christiane Karg and baritone Roderick Williams, Messiaen's Le tombeau resplendissant and Lili Boulanger’s Psalm 129.

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9 Apr 2022 | Mitsuko Uchida plays Beethoven

Under Conductor Emeritus Vladimir Jurowski, the inimitable Mitsuko Uchida performs Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto alongside performances by the LPO of Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony and the UK premiere of Helmut Lachenmann’s Marche fatale.

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13 Apr 2022 | Julia Fischer plays Elgar

Julia Fischer's residency reaches the perfect conclusion with Elgar's Violin Concerto alongside his Romanian contemporary, George Enescu's Second Symphony, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

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22 Apr 2022 | A Gala Evening with Renée Fleming

‘America's reigning diva’ and one of the greatest sopranos of our time, Renée Fleming performs operatic highlights, including Verdi’s Willow Song and the final scene from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio, conducted by Enrique Mazzola.

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27 Apr 2022 | War and Peace

Edward Gardner conducts some of the greatest works to come out of Britain at war: Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony and Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem. The programme also includes the UK premiere of LPO Composer-in-Residence Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt.

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30 Apr 2022 | OK! A Celebration of Oliver Knussen

Edward Gardner is joined by two outstanding British stars to celebrate the memory of Oliver Knussen: horn player Ben Goldscheider and soprano Sophie Bevan. Alongside a review of the late composer’s works features two suites, from Britten’s The Prince of the Pagodas and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.

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6 May 2022 | The Song of the Earth

Edward Gardner brings the season to a close with Harrison Birtwistle's Deep Time and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and tenor Andrew Staples.

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