The 2018-2019 season concluded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra’s tour of Japan, with L’Auditori reporting an audience increase of 14,107 at the close of the season. L’Auditori’s programme drew in a total audience of 398,636, 14,100 more than last year. Of this total, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra attracted 120,672 spectators, the activities and concerts of Servei Educatiu, 154,154; the L’Auditori seasons (Antiga, Cambra, Sampler Sèries, Escenes, Amplificats, Sit Back, Jazz Sessions and International Orchestras), 50,448; the Barcelona Symphony Band, 23,222; and the activities of the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC - Catalonia College of Music) and other musical institutions, 99,766.
A total of 546 concerts were held at L’Auditori during the 2018-2019 season, with an average attendance of 76%. This represents a 1% increase on the previous year and 3% on the 2016-2017 season.
137 concerts were held outside the concert halls of L’Auditori and were attended by a total of 145,701 people. The main attractions were the OBC’s tour of Japan (28,448 spectators), the Beach Concert (15,000 spectators) and the concerts given by the Barcelona Symphony Band at various locations throughout the city (11,682 spectators).
During the 2018-2019 season, the artistic events at L’Auditori and at other locations in the city were attended by 544,337 spectators, 30,311 more than last year.
The OBC and the Barcelona Symphony Band consolidate their audiences
The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra performed a total of 116 concerts (78 season concerts, 16 during their Japanese tour, 10 chamber music concerts, 6 extra concerts, 5 family and educational concerts and the Beach Concert). In total, 174,755 people went to see the OBC during the 2018-2019 season, with a total audience attendance of 75% with respect to all programmed activities.
One of the highlights of the OBC’s many activities was its five-week tour of Japan, with concerts sold out at every venue they performed at. With regard to L’Auditori’s concerts, the main crowd-pullers were the concert version of Turandot, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Agrupación Señor Serrano, the concert given by the OBC and Brad Mehldau and the screening of the third part of the film Lord of the Rings accompanied by live music.
This season, the Barcelona Symphony Band performed 26 concerts, of which 20 were season concerts and 6 were extra concerts. The concerts given by the historical ensemble achieved an audience attendance of 76%. The Servei Educatiu’s events (with activities for families and school children and participatory events) reported similar figures to the previous season, attracting more than 154,000 spectators and boasting an attendance rate of 85%.
Big names for the Cambra and Antiga seasons
The Música Antiga season included 11 concerts, held in conjunction with one of the main new developments of the season, the Lights of Early Music Festival, during which seven concerts were hosted in churches and historic landmarks around Barcelona. The Música Antiga season drew in10,322 spectators and had an attendance of 61%. The line-up featured prominent artists such as Jordi Savall, Accademia Bizantina, harpsichordist Jean Rondeau and RIAS Kammerchor.
L’Auditori’s Chamber Music Season attracted audiences totalling 7,568 people to 19 concerts and featured prominent names such as the flautist Emmanuel Pahud, violinist Janine Jansen, pianist Lars Vogt and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. The Chamber Music Season closed with an audience attendance of 55%.
The Lights of Early Music Festival and Festival Emergents Barcelona, two attractive projects by L’Auditori
The two festivals organised by L’Auditori, the Lights of Early Music Festival and Festival Emergents Barcelona, drew in a total of 8,000 spectators. The first edition of the Lights of Early Music Festival attracted 1,500 spectators and had 80% attendance. Of the seven programmed concerts, four were a complete sell out, consolidating this immensely successful new event.
The high artistic quality of the Lights of Early Music Festival, featuring some of the most acclaimed soloists and ensembles on the international scene, and the fantastic venues for the concerts, held at L’Auditori and in three historical spaces in Barcelona, secured the success of this first edition.
The third edition of Festival Emergents Barcelona, a major musical event in Barcelona featuring both national and international talents, attracted 1,200 spectators more than last year, with a total attendance of 6,679 people, and continues to consolidate itself as a benchmark festival for young musicians in Europe.
The musical events at the Festival Emergents Barcelona included chamber, symphonic, and jazz music in collaboration with the country’s leading musical institutions. Last year’s festival featured the Capella Reial Youth Choir of Catalonia, saxophonist Jess Gilliam, cellist Kian Soltani and the Rolston, Simply and Arod quartets.
L’Auditori brought its music to over 145,701 people outside its concert halls
In addition to the programme presented by L’Auditori in its concert halls, the 2018-2019 season also included 137 concerts held in other locations, bringing L’Auditori’s musical events to 145,701 people. This figure is an increase of 20,000 on last year, despite there being eight fewer concerts. Average attendance at the concerts held outside L’Auditori was 88%.
Among these activities were the educational projects Cantània and Cantagran, the OBC’s tour of Japan and the Beach Concert, which this year drew in 15,000 people to Sant Sebastià beach in Barcelona, an increase of 1,000 on last year.
Aleix Palau | 5 August 2019
L’Auditori sent its programme to 544,337 people and achieved an attendance rate of 76% during the 2018-2019 season
The quality of its artistic events, the consolidation of the OBC’s audience and the launch of the Lights of Early Music festival, two key aspects in attracting the 398,636 spectators who came through the doors of L’Auditori, an increase of 14,100 on last year.