2022/23 London Season

London Philharmonic Orchestra 2022/23 Concert Season

September 2022- May 2023 at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall 

We are thrilled to share with you our 90th anniversary season – celebrating incredible creativity, and sharing a profound sense of humanity.

It is an enticing season of discovery. Reflecting upon the Orchestra’s illustrious 90-year history, we will perform some now-indispensable music written especially for the LPO, including Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. A major focus on composers born in our country sees performances of both symphonies by Elgar, multiple compositions by Tippett and Thomas Adès, as well as four major works by Vaughan Williams in celebration of his 150th anniversary.

The Orchestra’s commitment to everything new and creative includes world premieres of Mark Simpson’s Piano Concerto and Composer-in- Residence Brett Dean’s In spe contra spem, as well as the UK premiere of Heiner Goebbels’s immersive spectacle A House of Call. We have also commissioned new works from a diverse range of composers from around the world – including Agata Zubel, Elena Langer and Vijay Iyer – whose contributions have been marginalised for too long.

Reflecting the narratives of our time, a recurring theme of the 2022/23 season is our connection to the issues of belonging and displacement. The feelings of kinship and place will be explored through such masterpieces as Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, Smetana’s Má Vlast and George Walker’s Lilacs. Just what is the concept of home to people who have experienced exile, homelessness or despair as a result of wars, political instability or racism – conditions that have forced countless refugees to leave their homes and to flee their native countries? We will survey music by composers whose work reflects upon the social and political transformations underpinning their lives, such as the Austrians Erich Korngold and Paul Hindemith, the Hungarian Béla Bartók, the Cuban Tania León, the Ukrainian Victoria Vita Polevá, and the Syrian Kinan Azmeh. And, of course, the theme of displacement will help us embrace the musical representations of very different cultures from all over the globe and the vibrancy created when these different cultures meet.

We are joined in these explorations by our Principal Conductor Edward Gardner, Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis and Conductor Emeritus Vladimir Jurowski, plus, as always, world-renowned guest artists including Víkingur Ólafsson, Danielle de Niese, Miloš Karadaglić, Beatrice Rana, Randall Goosby, Gil Shaham, Leif Ove Andsnes and many others.

We look forward to the future with excitement and welcome you to join us at the Royal Festival Hall for a season of adventure!

Tickets go on sale to the general public 10am Monday 11 April 2022. 


Fri 16 Sep | Offenbach’s La Princesse de Trébizonde

We join forces with Opera Rara for a rare revival of Offenbach’s 1869 comic opera La Princesse de Trébizonde.

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Sat 24 Sep | Gardner conducts Gurrelieder

Schoenberg - Gurrelieder

Edward Gardner - conductor
Lise Lindstrom - Tove
Karen Cargill - Wood-Dove
David Butt Philip - Waldemar
Robert Murray - Klaus the Fool
James Creswell - Peasant
London Philharmonic Choir
Members of the London Symphony Chorus

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Wed 28 Sep | Exiles and Dreamers

Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy Overture)
Dutilleux - Correspondances
Walker - Lilacs
Dvořák - Symphony No. 7

Edward Gardner - conductor
Jennifer France - soprano

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Sat 1 Oct | Grand Passions, High Ideals

Wagner - Overture, Tannhäuser
Vijay Iyer - Human Archipelago (world premiere)
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)

Edward Gardner - conductor
Inbal Segev - cello

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Wed 19 Oct | Canellakis conducts Brahms

Dvořák - The Wild Dove
Brett Dean - Three Memorials
Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1

Karina Canellakis - conductor
Emanuel Ax - piano

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Fri 21 Oct | Canellakis conducts Beethoven

Sibelius - Violin Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

Karina Canellakis - conductor
Augustin Hadelich - violin

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Wed 26 Oct | Visions of England

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Tom Coult - Violin Concerto: ‘Pleasure Garden’ (London premiere)
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 9

Andrew Manze - conductor
Daniel Pioro - violin

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Sat 29 Oct | Twilight in Vienna

J Strauss II - Overture, Die Fledermaus
Korngold - Violin Concerto
Korngold - Märchenbilder
R Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Andrés Orozco-Estrada - conductor
Arabella Steinbacher - violin

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Wed 2 Nov | American Dreams

Copland - Appalachian Spring
Douglas J Cuomo - Saxophone Concerto: ‘a raft, the sky, the wild sea’ (UK premiere)
Derrick Skye - Prisms, Cycles, Leaps
Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Joshua Weilerstein - conductor
Joe Lovano - saxophone

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Fri 4 Nov | Randall Goosby plays Bruch

Chen Yi - Momentum
Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1
Brahms - Symphony No. 3

Alpesh Chauhan - conductor
Randall Goosby - violin

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Wed 9 Nov | Sounding a Century

Lutosławski - Symphony No. 4
Agata Zubel - Piano Concerto
(world premiere)
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

Edward Gardner - conductor
Tomoko Mukaiyama - piano

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Sat 26 Nov | A Child of Our Time

Vaughan Williams - Serenade to Music
Tippett - A Child of Our Time

Edward Gardner - conductor
Nadine Benjamin - soprano
Sarah Connolly - mezzo-soprano
Kenneth Tarver - tenor
Roderick Williams - baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
London Adventist Chorale
Soloists of the Royal College of Music

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Wed 30 Nov | Bruckner’s Ninth

Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs
Bruckner - Symphony No. 9

Robin Ticciati - conductor
Simon Keenlyside - baritone

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Sat 3 Dec | Jurowski conducts Mahler

Mahler - Symphony No. 9

Vladimir Jurowski - conductor

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Fri 13 Jan | Miloš plays Rodrigo

Copland - El Salón México
David Bruce - The Peacock Pavane (world premiere)
Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez
Gabriela Ortiz - Antrópolis
de Falla - The Three-Cornered Hat: Suites 1 & 2

Karen Kamensek - conductor
Miloš Karadaglić - guitar

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Wed 18 Jan | Rachmaninoff’s First

Brett Dean - Amphitheatre
Kinan Azmeh - Clarinet Concerto (UK premiere)
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 1

Enrique Mazzola - conductor
Kinan Azmeh - clarinet

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Sun 22 Jan | Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion

Tan Dun - Buddha Passion (UK premiere)

Tan Dun - conductor
Sen Guo - soprano
Huiling Zhu - mezzo-soprano
Kang Wang - tenor
Shenyang - bass-baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
London Chinese Philharmonic Choir

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Wed 25 Jan | Three Britons

Coleridge-Taylor - Solemn Prelude (London premiere)
Tippett - Piano Concerto
Elgar - Symphony No. 1

Edward Gardner - conductor
Steven Osborne - piano

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Sat 28 Jan | Spirits of Delight

Mark Simpson - Piano Concerto (world premiere)
Elgar - Symphony No. 2

Edward Gardner - conductor
Víkingur Ólafsson - piano

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Sat 4 Feb | The Damnation of Faust

Berlioz - The Damnation of Faust

Edward Gardner - conductor
Karen Cargill - Marguerite
David Junghoon Kim - Faust
Christopher Purves - Mephistopheles
Jonathan Lemalu - Brander
London Philharmonic Choir
Members of the London Symphony Chorus
London Youth Choir

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Fri 10 Feb | My Homeland

Glinka - Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
Smetana - Má Vlast (movements 1–4)

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider - conductor
Kirill Gerstein - piano

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Fri 17 Feb | Ehnes plays Brahms

Missy Mazzoli - Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

Kevin John Edusei - conductor
James Ehnes - violin

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Wed 22 Feb | Adès conducts Adès

Sibelius - Prelude from The Tempest
Thomas Adès - Suite from The Tempest (UK premiere)
Thomas Adès - Inferno Suite
Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini

Thomas Adès - conductor

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Sat 25 Feb | From Paris with Love

Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte
Chausson - Poème de l’amour et de la mer
Franck - Symphony in D minor

Bertrand de Billy - conductor
Danielle de Niese - soprano

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Sat 4 Mar | Gardner conducts Rachmaninoff

George Benjamin - Sudden Time
Grieg - Piano Concerto
Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances

Edward Gardner - conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes - piano

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Wed 15 Mar | Tchaikovsky’s Fifth

Beethoven - Coriolan Overture
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5

Karina Canellakis - conductor
Daniil Trifonov - piano

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Sat 18 Mar | Tears and Laughter

Victoria Vita Polevá - Nova (world premiere)
Elena Langer - The Dong with a Luminous Nose (world premiere)
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

Andrey Boreyko - conductor
Kristina Blaumane - cello
London Philharmonic Choir

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Sat 25 Mar | A House of Call

Heiner Goebbels - A House of Call (UK premiere)

Vimbayi Kaziboni - conductor

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Fri 31 Mar | Heroes and Heroines

Tania León - Stride (UK premiere)
Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No. 1
Sibelius - Lemminkäinen Suite

Dima Slobodeniouk - conductor
Beatrice Rana - piano

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Wed 19 Apr | War and Peace

Ustvolskaya - Symphonic Poem No. 1
Hindemith - Violin Concerto
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 6

Vladimir Jurowski - conductor
Gil Shaham - violin

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Sat 22 Apr | Don Quixote Rides Again

Telemann - Suite for Orchestra: Burlesque de Quixotte
Ravel - Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Ibert - Quatre chansons de Don Quichotte
R Strauss - Don Quixote

Vladimir Jurowski - conductor
Ludovic Tézier - baritone
Kristina Blaumane - cello

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Wed 26 Apr | Mahler’s Fifth

Brett Dean - In spe contra spem (world premiere)
Mahler - Symphony No. 5

Edward Gardner - conductor
Emma Bell - soprano
Elsa Dreisig - soprano

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Sat 29 Apr | Music from the Shadows

Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1
Thomas Larcher - Symphony No. 2 (Kenotaph)
Mahler - Adagio from Symphony No. 10

Klaus Mäkelä - conductor
Julian Rachlin - violin

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Sat 6 May | Hymn of the Forests

Dvořák- Four Slavonic Dances
Bartók - Violin Concerto No. 1
Janáček - Glagolitic Mass

Edward Gardner - conductor
Alina Ibragimova - violin
Sara Jakubiak - soprano
Madeleine Shaw - mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence - tenor
Matthew Rose - bass
Catherine Edwards - organ
London Philharmonic Choir

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