Classical music

Daniel Barenboim and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Part of Classical Season

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 and Strauss’ Don Quixote in tribute to Jacqueline du Pré, for the MS Society

Daniel Barenboim and academic Edward Said formed the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to open dialogues between Israeli and Palestinian musicians.

Under Barenboim’s leadership, the ensemble goes from strength to strength, delivering performances as profound as the philosophy behind its formation.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 certainly demands such insight. Throughout the work, Tchaikovsky charts what he called ‘the inscrutable designs of Providence’, played out as a tussle between despair and hope.

Inspired by the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Strauss retells on Quixote in music of ravishing beauty. The eponymous central character is represented by the solo cello, performed by exciting young Iranian cellist Kian Soltani.

October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of cellist Jacqueline du Pré, whose life was so intertwined with Daniel Barenboim’s.

She was 42 and had multiple sclerosis (MS).

Proceeds from this tribute concert will go to the MS Society’s Stop MS Appeal to raise funds for groundbreaking research. Through fundraising and generous donations the charity aims to revolutionise treatment and ultimately transform the lives of people affected by MS.


West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Kian Soltani cello


R Strauss: Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5

Dates & times

28 Oct 2017
Approximate run time: 120 mins
  • 6:30 pm


Royal Festival Hall


£20 - £125
Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
£20, £35, £55, £75, £100, £125


50% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy
book now
Sold out

need to know

Performance time
Please note start time of 6.30pm.

£7 student tickets are available via the Student Pulse app in the month before this concert. Some of these seats are on the stage. Download the app from any app store or go to

before & after

Customers at the Southbank Centre Shops
Enjoy design-led products and gifts in our Festival Terrace Shop.
Submit your tastebuds to The Wahaca Southbank Experiment!