The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, performs an all-Rachmaninov programme in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday 21 May, the sixth concert in the Orchestra’s annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics series, free and open to all.
Programme & performers:
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
RACHMANINOV arr GLYN Non Allegro from ‘Symphonic Dances’ *
RACHMANINOV Allegro molto, Adagio and Allegro Vivace from Symphony No 2
Valery Gergiev: conductor
Behzod Abduraimov: piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Young musicians from LSO On Track *
Students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama *
Rising star pianist Behzod Abduraimov makes his debut with the LSO performing Rachmaninov's famous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and the concert will finish with the composer's emotionally and musically expansive Second Symphony, a work that is considered to be amongst the composer’s finest achievements. In between 40 young musicians from East London from the LSO’s On Track programme, and musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama play side-by-side with members of the LSO in specially arranged movements from the Symphonic Dances.
The concert is the result of a partnership between the LSO and BMW who share the belief that great music is for everyone, whatever their background or situation. Now highly-anticipated in London’s musical calendar, BMW LSO Open Air Classics each year offers everyone who can be there, Londoners and visitors to the city alike, the opportunity to experience the LSO free and in the open air in Trafalgar Square. Large screens and state-of-the-art sound technology allow the whole crowd to witness the concert close-up, making the experience equally special at the back of the square as at the front.
Tickets are free — no booking required, just turn up.
We advise you to arrive before 5pm to guarantee entry to the Square. Once it has filled up we have to close access to the Square for safety.
Bring refreshments, but no glass please.
No furniture is allowed in the Square, but cushions will be available to hire.
We cannot guarantee the Great British weather! Please bring clothing appropriate to the weather conditions on the day. We will have rain ponchos for those who forget.
The Square is fully accessible. We will have an designated area available with wheelchair spaces, a hearing loop, large print programmes, step-free access, a reserved toilet and space for assistance dogs.