Belief And Beyond Belief: London Philharmonic Orchestra at Southbank Centre


The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada, presents dispatches from a dark century at this concert of music inspired by war and peace.

Shostakovich's powerful First Cello Concerto, performed by Istvan Vardai, speaks both in whispers and warnings in a USSR in which Stalin's death was still all too recent.

Rachmaninov, exiled from Russia, celebrates all the colours of a virtuoso orchestra - but still sounds a note of sadness and loss. The link is faith. The ancient chants that echo through Rachmaninov's music form the emotional core of the music of Peteris Vasks: a priest's son from Latvia, born under Soviet oppression, whose Dona nobis pacem speaks with a quiet but fierce sincerity. Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada brings it all into focus.


London Philharmonic Orchestra

Andres Orozco-Estrada conductor

Istvan Vardai cello

London Philharmonic Choir

The Lay Vicars of Westminster Abbey


Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1

Peteris Vasks: Dona nobis pacem

Gregorian Chant: Dies irae


Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances


Adult Ticket: £10.00 to £65.00 (€11.37 - €73.89) per ticket

Venue Details & Map

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
0844 847 9910
Public transport:
Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Waterloo East. Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, on York Road, on Belvedere Road and on Stamford Street.

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