The London Symphony Orchestra to tour Australia in 2023

Music fans in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have something to look forward to later this year, with confirmation that the Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC), Sydney Opera House and Symphony Orchestra of Melbourne will present the London Symphony Orchestra in their respective states next year. Touring between April and May 2023, it will be a major year for the orchestra, with Sir Simon Rattle’s final season as LSO Music Director.

Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will each host two bands, with an additional third program presented exclusively at the Sydney Opera House in honor of the venue’s 50th anniversary. This is a major blow for the three cities, as it is the LSO’s first Australian tour since 2014.

The three programs will include:

John AdamsHarmonielehre, Claude Debussyit is The sea and Maurice Ravelit is Daphnis and Chloe Suite 2

This will be done in all three states.

Debussy The sea and Ravel Daphnis and Chloe are a delicious nod to the orchestra’s particular sense of color and its ability to play so softly and delicately. This gives something very special to these works. John Adams’ Harmonielehre – a piece by a very dear friend, whom I have adored all my musical life, has become a flagship piece of the LSO.

Sir Simon Rattle – Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra

Gustav MahlerSymphony No. 7

This will be performed in all three states and is described by Sir Rattle as “one of Mahler’s most astonishing and surprising and certainly most forward-looking symphonies” and “exactly the kind of piece which will show the LSO in all its glory”. .

Anton BrucknerBenjamin’s Symphony No. 7 performed in the edition by Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs and a new work by the young British composer Daniel Kidane“Solar Poem”

It will be exclusive to the Sydney Opera House.

Benjamin is a great Bruckner specialist. Conducting the premiere of his edition of the Seventh Symphony has been a real privilege, because every time I come back to conduct his Bruckner arrangements – it’s always like hearing Bruckner’s music again.

Sir Simon Rattle – Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra

Additionally, speaking of the inclusion of British composer Daniel Kidane’s ‘Sun Poem’, Sir Rattle said: “The LSO have been pioneers in advocating for young composers, and we are delighted to bring this commissioned piece completely fascinating and profoundly beautiful at the iconic Sydney Opera House”.

London Symphony Orchestra on tour in Australia in 2023 7
Sir Simon Rattle – Image credit: Oliver Helbig

The London Symphony Orchestra’s Australian tour will kick off at the Queensland Performing Arts Center from April 28 to April 29, before heading to the Sydney Opera House from May 1 to May 3, before its final stop at Hamer Hall at the Arts Center Melbourne from of May 5. – 6 Map. Each venue will have its own individual sales periods for these shows, and those interested are encouraged to visit the websites linked above for relevant booking information.

It’s always wonderful to be in Australia, and even more so after the last few years – the feeling of sharing and experiencing live music together is something really special. The program we have chosen to bring to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne includes some of my personal favorites and showcases the great variety, skill and musicality of this world-class orchestra at its best.

Sir Simon Rattle – LSO Music Director

It’s amazing to be able to bring 114 musicians including two Australians – Naoko Keatley (violin) and Belinda McFarlane (violin) – to explore and share our music with Australian audiences. It’s the biggest orchestra we’ve ever brought to Australia and Sir Simon Rattle has put together an amazing program for the tour. Every visit to Australia has been a momentous occasion, just as this 2023 tour promises to be.

Kathryn McDowell – LSO Executive Director

For statements from a wide range of stakeholders in this production, including representatives from QPAC, the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and other government figures, click on the following page.


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