London Symphony Orchestra Open-Air Concert

5:00pm – 7:00pm

This free summer concert highlights the continued partnership between BMW Group and the London Symphony Orchestra; hear London’s oldest symphony orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in a free open-air concert in Trafalgar Square. 

The 2023 BMW Classics concert programme opens with Igor Stravinsky’s four minute ‘short orchestral fantasy’ Fireworks, followed by the first movement of John Adams’ explosive masterpiece for large-scale orchestra, Harmonielehre.

For the central section of the concert, the LSO play the world premiere of Eloise Gynn’s new work, Light Dancing, specially commissioned for this occasion. This dance inspired piece written for a mixed-ability orchestra brings together LSO musicians with 55 young musicians from East London as part of the LSO On Track partnership, and 18 students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

For the final half of the concert, Sir Simon and the LSO will perform two popular French Impressionist masterpieces, Claude Debussy’s La Mer and Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.

As with all free events, we recommend getting there early. And not to dampen anyone’s festivities, but there is always a chance of rain, so bring something waterproof — though not umbrellas, they ruin concert viewing!

Organisers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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