Classical music

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Hymn to Joy

Part of International Organ Series

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.

Magnus Lindberg's Two Episodes is commissioned by BBC Radio 3, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Festival and Casa da Musica, Porto.


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


Magnus Lindberg: Two Episodes
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (Choral)

Dates & times

6 May 2017
Approximate run time: 150 mins


Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £65
Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
£10, £14, £19, £25, £32, £39, £46, £65

need to know

There is no interval in this performance which ends at approximately 9pm

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert event. Beethoven was born into a world of transition and turmoil. Dr Benjamin Walton, Cambridge University, explores how this was reflected in his music. Admission free.

before & after

Food from Las Iguanas at the Southbank Centre
Las Iguanas brings you Latin cool, mouth-watering ingredients and South American culture
SNOG Frozen Yoghurt Bus at Southbank Centre
All aboard the Snog Bus for delicious frozen yoghurt and a top deck light show