Interested in going to a free summer concert? A giant temporary stage in Trafalgar Square will host Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra with young musicians from the pioneering LSO East London Academy and 14-year-old violinist Leia Zhu for the free BMW CLASSICS concert on Sunday 15 August 2021 at 6.30pm.

"I’m delighted that Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will return to Trafalgar Square … Outdoor classical concerts are a great way to enjoy music, and this performance will be a real treat”, said the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.



This year marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership between BMW and the London Symphony Orchestra, and the beginning of a further three-year partnership bringing access to world leading music to everyone in one of London’s most iconic public spaces. The audience in Trafalgar Square will be joined by thousands more watching the live stream on YouTube bringing music lovers across the globe together.


Sir Simon Rattle will take to the stage to conduct musicians of all ages with the London Symphony Orchestra, alongside 20 young musicians from the LSO East London Academy and British-Chinese teenage violin prodigy Leia Zhu, guest soloist for Saint-Saëns’ great violin showpiece “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso”.

 "This year will be extra special. 2020’s concert was a casualty of the pandemic and we have shifted our date to August in the hope that social distancing guidelines will have eased some more so we can gather together as an orchestra and with a crowd and have a great musical summer party,” Sir Simon Rattle said.


The BMW CLASSICS programme is staged as part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Let’s Do London’ campaign, showcasing London as a world class creative capital. The biggest domestic tourism campaign the capital has ever seen is encouraging Londoners and visitors to come back to the city and take advantage of London’s public spaces and cultural riches.

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