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


Royal Festival Hall
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Performance time
Please note start time of 6.30pm.

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before & after

Couple having a cocktail in Ping Pong restaurant at the Southbank Centre
At Chinese restaurant Ping Pong, a buzzing cocktail bar meets the delights of dim sum
Feng Sushi delivers award-winning, sustainably sourced Japanese food