The LPO's concert season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall features some of the most inspiring, powerful and moving choral music ever written. We are joined by world-class soloists, both sharing the stage with the London Philharmonic Choir, and performing in their own right in vocal and operatic works. Highlights include Sally Matthews in Le temps l'horloge, the late Henri Dutilleux's beautiful meditation of transience and love, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
Lutoslawski’s Espace du sommeil | 23 September 2020
Gerald Finley enters the luminous world of Lutosławski’s Les Espaces du sommeil. Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular overture from Romeo and Juliet complete the programme.
John Adams’s Harmonium | 26 September 2020
John Adams’s choral symphony Harmonium lifts off into realms of pure sonic ecstasy - the perfect modern counterpart to the heaven-storming fanfares of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage completes the programme.
Thomas Larcher: A Padmore Cycle | 21 October 2020
Mark Padmore performs the haunted song-cycle that Thomas Larcher created specifically for Padmore's voice. Schubert’s delightful Second Symphony and Nielsen’s volcanic ‘Inextinguishable’ Symphony complete the programme.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 | 24 October 2020
The natural climax to our celebrations for Beethoven 250th anniversary – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a piece that transcends its era. First though, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.
Enescu’s Symphony No. 3 | 2 December 2020
Enescu’s Third Symphony is a late-Romantic epic on a scale that Mahler would have recognized. Jurowski inspiringly pairs this with Elena Kats-Chernin’s Bach-inspired Third Piano Concerto performed by Tamara-Anna Cislowska.
Stravinsky’s Pulcinella | 5 December 2020
A rare chance to hear a complete performance of Stravinsky’s irreverent mock-Baroque extravaganza, Pulcinella. But first, we open with Bach’s ‘Brandenburg’ Concerto No. 5 and the world premiere of Brett Dean’s The Players, performed by the phenomenal accordionist James Crabb.
James MacMillan: Christmas Oratorio | 12 December 2020
James MacMillan writes with an energy, a commitment and an imaginative fire that give his music a universal appeal. His Christmas Oratorio will find something utterly original in this gentlest and most joyous of sacred stories.
On Love and Hatred | 27 February 2021
The UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s emotionally-charged On Love and Hatred. The UK premiere of Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt, is the centrepiece of a whole evening of musical exploration. Opening with Eric Tanguy’s Affettuoso, a loving tribute to a friend by a great French master.
Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony | 13 March 2021
Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony is an emotional odyssey on a universal scale that begins in tragedy and ends in the rebirth of a universe. In between comes tenderness, rage, pitch-black humour and – yes – the end of the world itself.
Four Last Songs | Saturday 24 April 2021
In his penultimate concert with the LPO, Vladimir Jurowski champions Rachmaninoff’s bittersweet, neglected Third Symphony. First though comes Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen, and Miah Persson sings the Four Last Songs: sorrow transmuted into pure, radiant beauty.