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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Hymn to Joy

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

Unfortunately Christoph Eschenbach has had to withdraw from this performance due to illness. We are grateful to Kazushi Ono for replacing him at short notice.

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

A team of outstanding young soloists has been assembled 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
Kazushi Ono conductor
Gweneth-Ann Jeffers 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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Royal Festival Hall

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

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