Purcell Room

The Purcell Room reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment. With new improved facilities and acoustics, this intimate wood-panelled auditorium provides a platform for music and performance events, a variety of talks and debates, plus readings of classical and modern literature.

The world-renowned venue has played host to some of the biggest names of the 20th century and beyond, including David Bowie, Daniel Barenboim, Marianne Faithfull and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. 

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Phildel, pianist and songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 20 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 20 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The singer-songwriter performs haunting electronica and neo-classical tunes from her new album
The singer-songwriter performs haunting electronica and neo-classical tunes from her new album
Bedouine , Armenian singer -songwriter Azniv Korkejian
7:45 pm
Fri 22 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 22 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre
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Mahbanoo Ensemble
7:45 pm
Sun 24 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 24 Mar 2019
Gigs
Mark the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, with singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble
Mark the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, with singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble
Lewis Banks, saxophonist
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
From a Romantic sonata to a world premiere, hear an eclectic programme pairing saxophone and bassoon
From a Romantic sonata to a world premiere, hear an eclectic programme pairing saxophone and bassoon
7:45 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
The Spanish composer and pianist performs restless and poignant pieces from debut album Alone
The Spanish composer and pianist performs restless and poignant pieces from debut album Alone
Leifur James
7:45 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Electronic
The multi-instrumentalist presents his debut album, rich with analogue synths and warm acoustics
The multi-instrumentalist presents his debut album, rich with analogue synths and warm acoustics
7:00 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Enter a meditative world of microbending notes with this rudra veena contemporary musician
Enter a meditative world of microbending notes with this rudra veena contemporary musician
Kelly Moran, composer and pianist
7:45 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Kaleidoscope being performed on-stage
Various times
9 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019
Various times | 9 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Fill your little one’s world with colour at an immersive experience with mirrors, lights and sounds
Fill your little one’s world with colour at an immersive experience with mirrors, lights and...
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Ill Considered, band
7:45 pm
Fri 12 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 12 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear vital jazz created in the moment, reacting to the mood of the audience and the sonics of the room
Hear vital jazz created in the moment, reacting to the mood of the audience and the sonics of the...
Amatis Piano Trio..Photo: Marco Borggreve
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The award-winning trio return after international success
The award-winning trio return after international success
Candice Carty-Williams, writer
7:45 pm
Wed 17 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 17 Apr 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The novelist behind funny and frank debut Queenie talks life, love, race and family with June Sarpong
The novelist behind funny and frank debut Queenie talks life, love, race and family with June...
Two pianos
7:45 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Witness two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time
Witness two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time
Young pianists in Purcell School: Freddy Morgan Piano Recitals
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Talented teenage pianists from The Purcell School perform works by Chopin, Liszt and Schumann
Talented teenage pianists from The Purcell School perform works by Chopin, Liszt and Schumann
Writer, Hisham Matar
7:15 pm
Tue 30 Apr 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 30 Apr 2019
Art
Literature
Hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on the themes of his work, from memory and family to war and repair
Hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on the themes of his work, from memory and family to war and...
Steve Williamson, saxophonist and composer
7:45 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz talents StringTing
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz talents StringTing
Mela Guitar Quartet, classical guitar quartet
7:00 pm
Sun 05 May 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 05 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear effervescent classical guitar music from the quartet's new album, plus three world premieres
Hear effervescent classical guitar music from the quartet's new album, plus three world...
Robert Macfarlane
7:15 pm
Tue 07 May 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 07 May 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The author of The Lost Words takes us on a voyage into the Earth's underworlds with his new book
The author of The Lost Words takes us on a voyage into the Earth's underworlds with his new...
Kareem Roustom, composer
7:45 pm
Wed 08 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 08 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Chilingirian Quartet presents the European premiere of Roustom's latest, plus Musgrave and Tchaikovsky
Chilingirian Quartet presents the European premiere of Roustom's latest, plus Musgrave and...
Barb Jungr, singer
7:45 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The cabaret vocalist turns her reinvention skills to exploring her relationship with Dylan and Brel
The cabaret vocalist turns her reinvention skills to exploring her relationship with Dylan and Brel
Southbank Sinfonia

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6:15 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
6:15 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Janácek's appropriately named Youth is paired with the sprightly conclusion of Beethoven's Septet
Janácek's appropriately named Youth is paired with the sprightly conclusion of...
Southbank Sinfonia

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7:15 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
7:15 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
From Revueltas' Mexico to Hilary Tann's Wales: an exhilarating performance by young musicians
From Revueltas' Mexico to Hilary Tann's Wales: an exhilarating performance by young...
Musicians of Southbank Sinfonia

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8:15 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
8:15 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
A showcase for strings, the last concert of the evening features Philip Glass and Michael Gordon
A showcase for strings, the last concert of the evening features Philip Glass and Michael Gordon
Velshodegan
7:45 pm
Sat 11 May 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 11 May 2019
Classical music
The trio of misfits subverting traditional Persian music with satirical streetwise lyrics
The trio of misfits subverting traditional Persian music with satirical streetwise lyrics
Swaranjali, choir
2:30 pm
Sun 12 May 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 12 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear raga-based tarana, Vedic chants and popular Indian songs performed by two Indian choirs
Hear raga-based tarana, Vedic chants and popular Indian songs performed by two Indian choirs
Photo showing a member of Sweet Little Mystery kneeling on the floor with her dress spread out around her
7:45 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the emotional power of Sarah Jane Morris’ magnificent soul voice interpreting John Martyn
Feel the emotional power of Sarah Jane Morris’ magnificent soul voice interpreting John Martyn
Michelle Gurevich, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Chanson with an edge: hear dark, intimate ballads from the singer-songwriter with Russian roots
Chanson with an edge: hear dark, intimate ballads from the singer-songwriter with Russian roots
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 16 May 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 16 May 2019
Literature
Poetry
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Inua Ellams and Rebecca Tamás share their work in the first of a new series
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Inua Ellams and Rebecca Tamás share their work in the first of a new series
Minguet Quartet, musical group
7:45 pm
Fri 17 May 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 17 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Evoking the art of chiaroscuro, Roberto David Rusconi’s Variazioni Tiepolo sees its world premiere
Evoking the art of chiaroscuro, Roberto David Rusconi’s Variazioni Tiepolo sees its world premiere
Woman playing the violin
3:00 pm
Sat 18 May 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 18 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get an insight into how music is made at an open session with composer Michael Price and LCO
Get an insight into how music is made at an open session with composer Michael Price and LCO
Michael Price, composer and producer
7:45 pm
Sat 18 May 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 18 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear freshly created music in a performance by composer Michael Price and LCO
Hear freshly created music in a performance by composer Michael Price and LCO
7:00 pm
Sun 19 May 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 19 May 2019
Classical music
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Olga Tokarczuk at the Man Booker podium
7:45 pm
Mon 20 May 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 20 May 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join this year’s shortlisted authors and translators for an evening of readings and conversation
Join this year’s shortlisted authors and translators for an evening of readings and conversation
Kieran Hodgson, comedian
8:00 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
8:00 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Uncover the tale of how Britain joined the EU on a comedy adventure through the 1970s
Uncover the tale of how Britain joined the EU on a comedy adventure through the 1970s
7:15 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:15 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted: the latest novel from the constantly evolving writer
Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted: the latest novel from the constantly evolving writer
12:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
Classical music
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Stimmung performance on stage
10:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
10:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
Apartment House performing on stage
2:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Bypass the brain and experience the sound of pure intuition
Bypass the brain and experience the sound of pure intuition
Karen Armstrong, author
7:15 pm
Mon 03 Jun 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 03 Jun 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
The Boyd Duo, string duo
7:45 pm
Tue 04 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 04 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The brothers play passionate piano and cello works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms
The brothers play passionate piano and cello works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms
ArsLonga Piano Trio on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
A programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Smetana illuminates the rich diversity of the Romantic era
A programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Smetana illuminates the rich diversity of the Romantic era
Joy Lisney, musician
7:45 pm
Sat 08 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 08 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin
Sanjay Guha, sitar player
7:45 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Ino Moxo, snake projected on wall while a dancer performs
Various times
15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
Literature
Poetry
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Emilie Jacomet in The Upsidedown Man
7:45 pm
Sat 29 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 29 Jun 2019
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
Young musician playing the saxophone
7:00 pm
Sun 30 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 30 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Junior Department perform live
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Junior Department perform live
François Chaplin and Marcela Roggeri
7:45 pm
Mon 01 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 01 Jul 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Be transported to 1920s Paris at a concert of spirited piano works including Ravel, Satie and Gershwin
Be transported to 1920s Paris at a concert of spirited piano works including Ravel, Satie and...
Headshot of Ocean Vuong, American poet
7:15 pm
Tue 02 Jul 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 02 Jul 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary America
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary...
Maps, musician
7:45 pm
Wed 03 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 03 Jul 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Hear the impressionistic new album from the Mercury Prize-nominated artist behind We Can Create
Hear the impressionistic new album from the Mercury Prize-nominated artist behind We Can Create
Painting of a women in a mirror

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
365 Stories and Music, Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Musician on stage

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear a piece described as ‘a music of close whispers and myriad reflections’ by composer Edmund Finnis
Hear a piece described as ‘a music of close whispers and myriad reflections’ by composer Edmund...
9Bach, rock band

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Welsh-language band 9Bach present an atmospheric, genre-defying piece exploring miscommunication
Welsh-language band 9Bach present an atmospheric, genre-defying piece exploring miscommunication
New Music: Panopticon

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 07 Jul 2019
11:00 am | Sun 07 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha.
The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha.
Sam Eastmond, composer

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sun 07 Jul 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 07 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Peer into radical Jewish culture through a British lens in a new commission for big band
Peer into radical Jewish culture through a British lens in a new commission for big band
Sona Jobarteh, holding a Kora

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Sun 07 Jul 2019
6:30 pm | Sun 07 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Sona Jobarteh composes music at the meeting point of the Western and African classical traditions
Sona Jobarteh composes music at the meeting point of the Western and African classical traditions
Still from Wolf Hall
7:45 pm
Sun 14 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 14 Jul 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Luka Okros at the piano
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Jul 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
Literature
Poetry
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
LCO soloists
3:00 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get a glimpse of how music is made at an open session with producer Rival Consoles and LCO
Get a glimpse of how music is made at an open session with producer Rival Consoles and LCO
Ryan Lee West, known under the name Rival Consoles
7:45 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles and LCO in this performance
Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles and LCO in this performance
Gérard Pesson

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Ives Ensemble presents UK premières. Richard Rijnvos, composer
7:45 pm
Mon 28 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 28 Oct 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Enter the glistening soundworld of UK-based composer Richard Rijnvos, with the cutting-edge ensemble
Enter the glistening soundworld of UK-based composer Richard Rijnvos, with the cutting-edge ensemble
London Contemporary Orchestra performance
3:00 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
See behind the scenes as vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO create new music ahead of their performance
See behind the scenes as vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO create new music ahead of their performance
Hatis Noit, musician
7:45 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Be the first to hear new music created by vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO at this performance
Be the first to hear new music created by vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO at this performance
Noriko Kawai, pianist

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7:45 pm
Sun 19 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 19 Jan 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years
Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years
Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 27 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 27 Jan 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Witness seven outstanding young artists competing for Trinity Laban's 2020 Gold Medal
Witness seven outstanding young artists competing for Trinity Laban's 2020 Gold Medal
Jack Quartet & Colin Currie

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7:45 pm
Sat 01 Feb 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 01 Feb 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear recent and new works from two champions of modern music
Hear recent and new works from two champions of modern music
 Feinstein Ensemble
7:45 pm
Thu 05 Mar 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 05 Mar 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Admire chamber works by two self-made greats of the Baroque, performed by the Feinstein Ensemble
Admire chamber works by two self-made greats of the Baroque, performed by the Feinstein Ensemble

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