Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a giant free music stage for Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra to present BMW CLASSICS on Sunday 1 July 2018.

This free summer concert marks the renewal of a continuing partnership between BMW and the London Symphony Orchestra, bringing access to world-class music to everyone in one of the world’s most iconic public spaces.

With an audience in the square of up to 10,000 people, the concert will be live streamed for the first time exclusively on YouTube, making the concert accessible to music fans worldwide. The London Symphony Orchestra regularly live streams its concerts free from the Barbican Centre. This occasion marks the first live stream of the orchestra’s iconic free summer concert.

Simon Rattle will take to the stage to conduct 100 musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, alongside 50 young musicians from the LSO On Track programme in East London and musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The programme will feature music on a theme of dance and ballet by Dvořák, Massenet, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky and includes a world premiere by 29 year-old composer and pianist Kate Whitley, founder of Peckham Car Park’s Multi-Story Orchestra.

Commenting today, Simon Rattle said: “This is a dream concert for me on a stage like no other. I hope that the excitement of the musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra playing beside these brilliant young musicians in such an extraordinary public space will fire people’s imaginations. And prove that, inside or outside the walls of a concert hall, the experience of great music is for everyone. I am truly grateful to BMW and the Mayor for London for making this possible.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This summer Trafalgar Square will be transformed into the capital’s biggest concert hall so that visitors, Londoners and people viewing online can enjoy an incredible free performance by Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. They’ll also be able to enjoy the world premiere of Kate Whitley’s Sky Dances – a new work by an emerging composer.

“I’m delighted that 50 outstanding young London musicians will join the professional ranks of the LSO for this special performance which will showcase the next generation of musical talent in the capital and firmly reiterate London’s position as a global capital of music.”

Kate Whitley said: “I am inspired by the idea of working with young people as performers and integrating them with professional musicians. To create a work for these musicians on this stage right in the centre of London is a thrilling challenge for me.”

Candice Morrissey, Head of Music Partnerships in EMEA at YouTube said: ‘We echo the sentiment of Sir Simon Rattle that great music is for everyone; giving people access to incredible and engaging content no matter where they are is core to our mission at YouTube. It’s wonderful to see a world class cultural institution like the LSO using the YouTube platform to broaden its audience, and we are thrilled to partner on live streaming their ‘people’s concert’ in Trafalgar Square to people all around the world.’

BMW Classics
London Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 1 July 2018 5pm
Trafalgar Square, London
Free, no ticket required. Early arrival essential. No glass or furniture in the Square.
Featuring music from Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, Massenet’s Le Cid, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Stravinsky’s The Firebird and a world premiere by Kate Whitley – Sky Dances.


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