The Planets



  • Edward Gardner conductor*
  • Nicolas Altstaedt cello
  • London Youth Choir

Everyone has their favourite moment of Holst’s The Planets, whether it’s the warlike rhythms of ‘Mars’, the radiant calm of ‘Venus’, or the melody and majesty of ‘Jupiter’.

But Holst’s masterpiece is a lot more than just magical colours and unforgettable tunes – just as Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is more than merely a magnificent showcase for one of the world’s greatest cellists. Today, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt sings songs of longing and loss, and Edward Gardner takes the LPO on a voyage beyond time and space to the outer limits of the human spirit. Familiar masterpieces made startlingly new and fresh.

*Edward Gardner’s position in the LPO in the 2023/24 season is generously supported by Aud Jebsen.


Please note that as this concert is being filmed for future streaming, there will be cameras situated in the Hall and an element of lighting for film. We will endeavour to ensure that audience sightlines are not affected.

Fri 12 Apr 2024, 7.30pm

Royal Festival Hall

Tickets £7 - £70

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