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Open Air Classics 2013 - London Symphony Orchestra

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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Symphonic music on giant screens in Trafalgar Square
Whether or not you love classical music, listening to it in the open air presents it in a totally new light. You don't have to sit silently in an auditorium, stifling an urge to cough or even move if you go to an outdoor concert.

The LSO will be performing for free in Trafalgar Square on Bank Holiday Monday at the end of this month. Valery Gergiev will conduct a programme of music by Berlioz: the Symphonie fantastique and the overture to Le corsaire. In addition an orchestra of young musicians, some of them from the Guildhall school, will be performing a special version of the Symphonie fantastique arranged by Gareth Glyn. Giant screens will enable the audience to see and hear the musicians, rock concert style, and Rachel Leach will be on the stage to guide the audience through the music.

LSO, Trafalgar Square
The LSO Performing in Trafalgar Square

The event is supported by the Mayor's Music Fund, a charity that enables young musicians to develop their musical talents.

Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians (Image Courtesy of
Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians

If you need any further convincing of how much enjoyment you will get from the event, here is a snippet of last year's concert.

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Why? To enjoy a free concert of Berlioz music in Trafalgar Square
When: 6.30pm on 27 May
Where: Trafalgar Square
Cost: Free
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