Classical music

Hymn to Joy: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Beethoven's Ninth – more an experience with the power to change lives, than just another symphony.

From the tragic opening to the climactic, world-embracing 'Ode to Joy', every live performance is a special occasion.

Regular guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach has assembled a team of outstanding young soloists to turn this one into a hymn to optimism and renewal – coupled with a freshly-minted work by the Orchestra's Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg. As Beethoven puts it, 'Here's a kiss for all the world': we can't imagine a more uplifting conclusion to the LPO's season.

Commissioned by the BBC Radio 3, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Festival and Casa da Musica, Porto.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Susanna Hurrell, Sukanya
Justina Gringyte, mezzo-soprano
David Butt Philip, tenor
Jihoon Kim, bass
London Philharmonic Choir


Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (Choral)
.: There is no interval in this performance which ends at approx. 9pm
Magnus Lindberg: Two Episodes


Royal Festival Hall
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