An Evening with the LSO at the Barbican

Thu, 7 February 2019

Priority booking for Friends opens on October 1st 2018

 Tickets go on general sale on 1st November 2018 


The Friends’ annual trip to the Barbican has been much enjoyed over the years, and we are keen for this tradition to continue.  What better to brighten up the dark of February than an evening of joyous music, the company of Friends, and a warm coach to take you from door to door?

We have chosen a programme which we hope will appeal to most:

Weber  Overture: Euryanthe

Mendelssohn  Concerto for violin and piano


Schumann  Symphony No 3, ‘Rhenish’


Sir John Eliot Gardiner is the conductor, and those who came with us to his all-Mendelssohn concert will recall it with much pleasure, largely due to Sir John Eliot’s desire to make every concert memorable for the audience.  He is regarded by many as the leading conductor of Schumann’s compositions and has studied these works over many years.  So this is an ideal opportunity either to discover the pleasures to be found in the last symphony Schumann composed, or to hear what promises to be an outstanding performance of a symphony already well known.

Schumann admired Beethoven’s symphonies, and to some extent the ‘Rhenish’ is modelled on Beethoven’s symphony No 6, the ‘Pastoral’.  Schumann wrote it after he and his wife Clara spent a very happy holiday in the Rhineland, although later he preferred to remove titles referencing the places or incidents which had originally inspired him, and leave the music to speak for itself.

The concert begins with Weber’s Euryanthe Overture, which features many of the most exciting moments in the opera and finishes with music representing ‘the triumph of virtue’.

Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout then play Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Piano with string orchestra.  This has been described as ‘an utterly successful combination of unlikely forces by a precocious genius’.  It was composed when Mendelssohn was just fourteen.  Isabelle Faust is a German violinist who has won many awards and played a very successful concert with Sir John Eliot and the LSO last season.  Kristian Bezuidenhout, who has also worked with Sir John Eliot previously, is making his LSO debut.

It is a concert of Romantic music, exciting and lyrical, ending with Schumann’s Symphony No 3 and its exuberant finale.  Please come and enjoy it with us!

Our coach will leave Westminster Lodge at 4.30pm prompt, which will give those who wish to have supper before the concert time to do so.  The concert starts at 7.30pm and we have seats in the Circle for which we have been offered a discount.  As in previous years, we hope to be invited to an interval reception, with players attending (this depends mainly on sufficient numbers in our party). The coach will be waiting outside the Barbican to take us home around 9.45pm.


Tickets:  £43  (includes coach travel and concert ticket)

There are no concessions. There are 49 tickets available


Non-members of the Friends are encouraged to join us in supporting the Cathedral by making an additional voluntary contribution of £3.

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