Classical music

Hymn to Joy: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Part of Classical Season

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)


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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

Exterior view of Wagamama, Southbank Centre
Inspired by canteen-style Japanese noodle bars, Wagamama delivers lively pan-Asian food
Interior view of customers enjoying Topolski cafe at the Southbank Centre
A unique space set in the railway arches between Waterloo Station and Royal Festival Hall