16 & 18 June 2013, Barbican Hall

Following the sad news of the death of Sir Colin Davis on 14 April, the LSO today announces that the two closing concerts of the LSO’s season, on 16 & 18 June in the Barbican Hall, which Sir Colin Davis was due to conduct, will now form a tribute to the Orchestra’s former President, Principal Conductor and great friend.

The music and artists have a close resonance with Sir Colin, from his support of young performers to the symphony that inspired him to be a musician. LSO Principal Tuba Patrick Harrild will conduct Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School musicians in a performance of Strauss’ Festmusik der Stadt Wien and Joseph Wolfe, Sir Colin’s son, will conduct the LSO in his father’s beloved Berlioz. Nikolaj Znaider will play Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto – one of Sir Colin’s favourites and a work they planned to perform together. Gordan Nikolich, who led the LSO for much of Sir Colin’s tenure as Principal Conductor, will direct the LSO in Beethoven 8 – the symphony that inspired the teenage Colin to become a conductor. Sir Colin was also President of the London Symphony Chorus, and they will now close the programme with a setting of Friedrich Schiller’s poem Nänie, for full orchestra and chorus, which Brahms wrote in memory of a close friend.


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