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5 December 2012, 10:30 | Updated: 20 August 2014, 17:07
The LSO and violinist Maxim Vengerov's concert at the Barbican in London tonight will be attended by Her Majesty The Queen.
Tonight's gala concert to celebrate previous recipients of The Queen's Medal for Music at the Barbican will be attended by The Queen herself. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and violinist Maxim Vengerov, the concert will also include a premiere performance of a new fanfare written by the Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
The LSO will be conducted by Robin Ticciati, and the Peter Maxwell Davies fanfare will be performed by 70 young musicians involved with the LSO's On Track programme. Maxim Vengerov will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto before the LSO finish the evening off with Elgar's Enigma Variations.
The Queen's Medal for Music, established in 2005, has previously been awarded to Sir Charles Mackerras, Bryn Terfel, Sir Colin Davis (who was originally due to conduct the concert, but had to cancel because of illness), Dame Emma Kirkby and Nicholas Daniel. It is intended to honour outstanding groups or individuals who have had a major impact on the musical life of the nation.
The Queen herself is patron of the LSO. Tonight's concert will also mark 30 years since Her Majesty The Queen opened the Barbican Centre in London.