classical music

The Great Escape

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

There might be grey skies over London, but at Royal Festival Hall, Edward Gardner is serving up pure sunshine. Because after all, the great composers liked to escape too.

So here’s Debussy, dreaming of a Spain even more colourful and fragrant than the real thing – and finding a thousand iridescent colours in the waves of the English Channel.

Here’s Ravel, opening a storybook and conjuring a whole enchanted world.

And here’s pianist extraordinaire Stephen Hough joining Saint-Saëns on a musical cruise to Egypt.

Saint-Saëns’ glittering Fifth Piano Concerto features frogs, ocean liners, and piano playing that’ll leave you breathless.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner conductor
Stephen Hough piano


Debussy: Ibéria, No.2 from Images
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.5 (Egyptian)
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye (Mother Goose) Suite arr. for orchestra
Debussy: La mer

Dates & times

This event has passed.


Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £65
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£10, £14, £19, £25, £32, £39, £46, £65

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple London Philharmonic Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 4 events (10% discount); 5 – 7 events (15% discount); 8 – 10 events (20% discount); 11 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2018/19 season.


25% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy

need to know

Book multiple London Philharmonic Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 4 events (10% discount)
5 – 7 events (15% discount)
8 – 10 events (20% discount)
11 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available for the following concerts: Die Walküre, (27 Jan 2018) and Gala evening with Juan Diego Florez, (29 Mar 2019)

Related events
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, at 6pm: pre-concert LPO Soundworks performance. Admission free.

Working side-by-side with LPO musicians, composers and professionals from across the arts, LPO Soundworks participants refine their skills, push their creative ideas to the limit, and learn new ways of working from other sectors, as well as gaining an insight into professional music development and performance. The performance today is the culmination of this Easter’s Creative Week, focusing on music and film.

Run by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education and Community department, LPO Soundworks is a platform for creative young people aged 14 – 19, uniting talented musicians with young experts from other art forms.