Shakespeare 400

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

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Booking Info

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.
  • Concessions: 50% off all ticket prices for full-time students, benefit recipients (Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit) and under-16s (maximum 4 per transaction. Not applicable to Family Concerts) only. Limited availability; appropriate cards will be checked on admission.
  • Please note that we are unable to take payment by Amex.

Premium seats £65
The very best seats in the stalls, ensuring you the finest acoustic and view, are available as Premium seats.

Book more, pay less

Book 3-4 concerts and receive a 10% discount
Book 5-7 concerts and receive a 15% discount
Book 8-10 concerts and receive a 20% discount
Book 11-14 concerts and receive a 25% discount
Book 15 or more concerts and receive a 30% discount

Series discounts are automatically calculated online.  Series discounts are available on full price tickets only.

Only nine tickets per concert can be bought online. Bookings of ten or more seats for the same concert are eligible for the group booking discount of 20%. Please call the London Philharmonic Orchestra Group Booking Line on 020 7840 4205 for further details.

Offline booking

London Philharmonic Orchestra ticket office: 020 7840 4242
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. £2.75 transaction fee

Southbank Centre ticket office: 0844 847 9920
Daily 9.30am-8pm. £2.75 transaction fee. All ticketing staff at Southbank Centre can take typetalk calls.
In person at Southbank Centre: no transaction fee.

Minimum age

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.

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Shakespeare400: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Osmo Vänskä conducts Nicolai, Korngold and Elgar's First Symphony

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

JTI Friday Series

Nicolai Overture, The Merry Wives of Windsor
Korngold Violin Concerto
Elgar Symphony No. 1

Osmo Vänskä conductor
Hyeyoon Park violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

When Elgar’s First Symphony received its premiere in 1908, Britain was languishing in a severe economic depression. Further afield, the once resplendent uniform of the British Empire seemed faded and tattered. Some believed ‘the symphony’ as a concept had had its day; Elgar thought passionately otherwise, but clearly doubted whether he was up to the task of proving it. He needn’t have worried. His First Symphony was a piece fuelled by love, hope and optimism that seemed to render all the social contexts and musicological arguments irrelevant. It remains one of the most courageous and uplifting orchestral creations this country has produced, and is played here after Korngold’s swashbuckling Violin Concerto.

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