Until now the solution has been a quick bit between work and curtain up, or art on an empty stomach. Now the London Symphony Orchestra has come up with its first series of one-hour concerts designed to dissolve the cares of the day and ending early enough to release you in time for a meal out?
First composer on the musical menu is Tchaikovsky, whose towering Symphony No 4 is conducted by Gianandrea Noseda (1 Nov). Composed 140 years ago, its first performances received mixed receptions from audiences and critics who struggled to keep up with the Russian's thrilling innovations – the very things that make it one of the most popular works in the repertoire today, and a very dramatic piece for live performance.
The LSO's new music director from September, Sir Simon Rattle, conducts the second Half Six Fix (21 Dec), when Bernstein's exhilarating concert version of his musical Wonderful Town is played, part of the Bernstein 100 project.
Finally, two highly descriptive works are played when Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the LSO (28 Mar) in Stravinsky's songlike Chant du Rossignol, and in Debussy's atmospheric seascape La Mer, inspired by the composer's stay in Eastbourne in 1905.
Booking opens on 3 February 2017. Wild card tickets at £10 secure a seat, but you won't know whereabouts until you arrive...
|What||Half Six Fix, LSO, Barbican|
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
01 Nov 17 – 28 Mar 18, three concerts
|Price||£10 - £40|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|