Berlioz Marche funèbre from ‘Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale’ (procession)
Messiaen Communion & Sortie from ‘Messe de la Pentecôte’
Messiaen Apparition de l’église éternelle
Messiaen Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
Berlioz Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Simon Johnson organ
Musicians from the Guildhall School
Musicians from Music Academy of the West
London Symphony Orchestra
The lead sponsors of the London Symphony Orchestra/Music Academy of the West partnership are Linda and Michael Keston and Mary Lynn and Warren Staley. Additional support has been provided in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.
Illustration by Ink Between The Lines 2022
Tickets for the City of London’s official annual Livery concert, priced at either £75 or £110 each, will guarantee excellent seats, a pre-concert reception from 5.30pm, and a souvenir programme. Details of this reception, as well as full joining instructions, will be sent to ticket holders closer to the time.
To purchase livery concert tickets, please follow either of the following links depending on your preference:
Tickets at £75, including seats within the Front of the Nave, and the South and North Transepts, can be booked here.
Tickets at £110, including seats under the Dome, can be booked here.
A limited number of top-priced seats under the Dome are available, so please book as soon as possible.
£3 online booking fee, £4 telephone booking fee per transaction – click here for more information on booking fees.
There are a range of further opportunities to get involved with this concert, from attending the post-concert Dinner, to accessing a range of ticket prices to suit every pocket. For general bookings, separate to our Livery concert ticket offer, please find more information here: London Symphony Orchestra – Triomphale (lso.co.uk).
Join us for the LSO Livery Concert, a key event in the City of London calendar, and we hope to see many Liverymen and guests at this performance.
Heralding the return to life of the City of London with a musical performance like no other, Sir Simon Rattle directs a spectacular, site-specific performance of Berlioz’s colossal Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale in one of the few places that can do it justice: St Paul’s Cathedral.
‘Come, you chosen heroes! Change your victors’ laurels for the garlands of immortality!’ Hector Berlioz was never one for understatement, but even by his standards, the Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale was something unprecedented: a towering monument in sound, written to be performed in an enormous public space and scored for a small army of marching musicians.
It will be a musical event on a scale that Berlioz would have recognised, starting with an atmospheric procession of musicians into the Cathedral and, once inside, using the vast, soaring interior of St Paul’s and its surroundings to great effect.
Three of Messiaen’s most personal masterpieces provide a dazzling complement to Berlioz’s one-off sonic spectacular – including solos by Simon Johnson, a former Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the powerful fanfare for brass, winds and percussion, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.
The LSO Livery Concert is a wonderful homecoming celebration for the LSO, which has long enjoyed a strong association with St Paul’s Cathedral, and will raise funds to support the LSO Always Playing Appeal. As we all know, the pandemic had a devastating impact on the finances of many arts organisations, with the LSO’s income halved. Across the City, companies are seeking to bring life and employees back to their workplaces, and this landmark event Triomphale is an opportunity for the City to come together to celebrate this rebirth whilst supporting the Always Playing Appeal.
This evening includes a very special Gala Dinner event. We are delighted to offer a special rate for the Gala Dinner for Livery members who have purchased the Livery concert and reception package. This will be £650 per place/£5,500 per table of 10 – please contact Alice Godfrey to find out more via firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0)20 7382 2553. Further information about the Gala can be found at lso.co.uk/gala.