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Purcell Room

Purcell Room is an intimate, 295 seat venue for music and performance, screenings, poetry readings and a variety of talks and debates.

While providing a platform for the best new and emerging talent from a range of artforms, the world-renowned venue has also 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.

The auditorium is also home to Purcell Sessions – a series of gigs allowing artists the opportunity to work on new material or conceive collaborations live in front of an audience.

Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment to improve facilities and acoustics.

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Daniel Wnukowski, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 07 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 07 Jul 2020
classical music
Sample Brahms’ miniatures, HK Gruber’s dark humour and nostalgic Korngold
Sample Brahms’ miniatures, HK Gruber’s dark humour and nostalgic Korngold
Graphic of a clarinetist and a saxophone
7:45 pm
Wed 08 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 08 Jul 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy showcase their talents
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy showcase their talents
Dara McAnulty, naturalist
7:00 pm
Thu 09 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 09 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The activist launches his first book, Diary of a Young Naturalist, in conversation with Robert Macfarlane
The activist launches his first book, Diary of a Young Naturalist, in conversation with Robert...
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 16 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 16 Jul 2020
gigs
literature & poetry
Headlining our monthly poetry and music evening, poet Caroline Bird reads from her latest collection
Headlining our monthly poetry and music evening, poet Caroline Bird reads from her latest collection
The Portal at Southbank Centre
Various times
21 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
Various times | 21 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Find yourself in an immersive theatrical experience that takes in 4,000 years of dance culture
Find yourself in an immersive theatrical experience that takes in 4,000 years of dance culture
Convenience Store Woman
7:45 pm
Mon 27 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 27 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Sayaka Murata's quirky and profound novel comes to the stage for the first time
Sayaka Murata's quirky and profound novel comes to the stage for the first time
Rachel Long, poet
7:45 pm
Tue 28 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 28 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
The poet's debut navigates shame, the body, sex, faith, Blackness, lineage, prophecy and healing
The poet's debut navigates shame, the body, sex, faith, Blackness, lineage, prophecy and...
Caleb Femi: poet
7:45 pm
Fri 31 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 31 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
The trials and joys of London's youth are brought to light in the poet’s debut collection
The trials and joys of London's youth are brought to light in the poet’s debut collection
Amir Shah with a purple background
Various times
Fri 04 Sep 2020
Various times | Fri 04 Sep 2020
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
A funnier-than-it-sounds stand-up show about the necessity, utility and absence of certainty
A funnier-than-it-sounds stand-up show about the necessity, utility and absence of certainty
Warm Digits, musical group
7:45 pm
Thu 17 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 17 Sep 2020
gigs
electronic
Do you dream of Can playing with the Chemical Brothers in an exploding fireworks factory?
Do you dream of Can playing with the Chemical Brothers in an exploding fireworks factory?
Anupama Bhagwat, sitarist
7:45 pm
Fri 18 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 18 Sep 2020
Intricately woven ragas meet inventive improvised tabla to celebrate 100 years of Ravi Shankar
Intricately woven ragas meet inventive improvised tabla to celebrate 100 years of Ravi Shankar
Mita Nag, sitarist
7:45 pm
Sat 19 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 19 Sep 2020
classical music
Speed, virtuosity and creativity light a fire under the music in this SitarFest concert
Speed, virtuosity and creativity light a fire under the music in this SitarFest concert
Ravi and Sukanya Shankar
1:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
1:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
talks & debates
The late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s wife shares candid insights into life with a legendary musician
The late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s wife shares candid insights into life with a legendary musician
Roopa Panesar, sitaar player
6:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
classical music
Be transported by high-energy melodic and rhythmic improvisation on sitar and tabla
Be transported by high-energy melodic and rhythmic improvisation on sitar and tabla
Andrew Zolinsky, pianist
7:45 pm
Mon 21 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 21 Sep 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Copland's epic, visionary Piano Fantasy sits alongside premieres from Carla Bley and Ian Gardiner
Copland's epic, visionary Piano Fantasy sits alongside premieres from Carla Bley and Ian...
Fernando Otero, pianist
7:45 pm
Fri 25 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 25 Sep 2020
classical music
gigs
Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, the composer and pianist performs with special guests
Drawing on Argentina’s rich musical history, the composer and pianist performs with special guests
Film still from The Lodger (1927), dir. Alfred Hitchcock
7:15 pm
Sun 27 Sep 2020
7:15 pm | Sun 27 Sep 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
See ‘the first true Hitchcock movie’ with a chill-inducing orchestral score by Neil Brand.
See ‘the first true Hitchcock movie’ with a chill-inducing orchestral score by Neil Brand.
Simon Munnery, comedian
7:00 pm
Fri 09 Oct 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 09 Oct 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The comedian reprises his notorious alter ego, bedsit anarchist Alan Parker Urban Warrior
The comedian reprises his notorious alter ego, bedsit anarchist Alan Parker Urban Warrior
Sophie Duker, comedian and writer
8:45 pm
Fri 09 Oct 2020
8:45 pm | Fri 09 Oct 2020
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
Buckle up for this sexy, silly, savage night of stand-up from the comedian and podcast host
Buckle up for this sexy, silly, savage night of stand-up from the comedian and podcast host
Matthew Barley, cellist

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6:00 pm
Sat 10 Oct 2020
6:00 pm | Sat 10 Oct 2020
classical music
Matthew Barley reimagines Beethoven’s works of solace in a spirit of improvisation and discussion
Matthew Barley reimagines Beethoven’s works of solace in a spirit of improvisation and discussion
Beverley Craven, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Sun 11 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 11 Oct 2020
gigs
rock & alternative
The singer-songwriter behind 1991 heartbreak ballad ‘Promise Me’ bares her soul and music onstage
The singer-songwriter behind 1991 heartbreak ballad ‘Promise Me’ bares her soul and music...
Feinstein Ensemble, musical group
7:45 pm
Thu 15 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 15 Oct 2020
classical music
Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann challenged the best musicians of their day with these breathtaking pieces
Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann challenged the best musicians of their day with these breathtaking pieces
Haiku Salut, Instrumental Trio
7:45 pm
Fri 16 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 16 Oct 2020
gigs
folk & world
The trio of multi-instrumentalists conjures dream-pop with an edge of electronica
The trio of multi-instrumentalists conjures dream-pop with an edge of electronica
Daedelus, record producer
7:45 pm
Sat 17 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 17 Oct 2020
gigs
folk & world
The LA-based sonic explorer and experimenter debuts his new live audiovisual show in London
The LA-based sonic explorer and experimenter debuts his new live audiovisual show in London
Belle Chen, pianist
7:45 pm
Mon 19 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 19 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Unbound by tradition, the pianist evokes locations from around the world in an immersive performance
Unbound by tradition, the pianist evokes locations from around the world in an immersive performance
Candice Brathwaite, writer
4:00 pm
Sat 24 Oct 2020
4:00 pm | Sat 24 Oct 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The blogger leads a thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational discussion on life as a black mother
The blogger leads a thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational discussion on life as a black mother
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, composer

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 29 Oct 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 29 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter a musical world of beauty and tension with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enter a musical world of beauty and tension with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Keaton Henson, musician
Various times
5 Nov 2020 - 6 Nov 2020
Various times | 5 Nov 2020 - 6 Nov 2020
gigs
electronic
The composer presents an evening of works including his most involved project to date: Six Lethargies
The composer presents an evening of works including his most involved project to date: Six...
Diana Jones, singer-songwriter
2:30 pm
Sun 22 Nov 2020
2:30 pm | Sun 22 Nov 2020
gigs
folk & world
US singer-songwriter Diana Jones is known for her gritty, literary, Appalachian-influenced songs
US singer-songwriter Diana Jones is known for her gritty, literary, Appalachian-influenced songs
 Justin Adams & Mauro Durante, musicians
7:45 pm
Sun 22 Nov 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 22 Nov 2020
gigs
jazz & blues
The guitarist, producer and composer adds a new collaboration to his astonishing global collection
The guitarist, producer and composer adds a new collaboration to his astonishing global collection
Gigi Masin, musician
7:45 pm
Sat 28 Nov 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 28 Nov 2020
gigs
folk & world
New album Calypso is music of the gods, goddesses and heroes, capturing the beauty of an epic saga
New album Calypso is music of the gods, goddesses and heroes, capturing the beauty of an epic saga
Collocutor, musical group
7:45 pm
Tue 08 Dec 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 08 Dec 2020
gigs
folk & world
Drawing influences from across the globe, this jazz ensemble is led by saxophonist Tamar Osborn
Drawing influences from across the globe, this jazz ensemble is led by saxophonist Tamar Osborn
Kenny Broberg, pianist
7:45 pm
Mon 18 Jan 2021
7:45 pm | Mon 18 Jan 2021
classical music
The American pianist first came to international attention in 2017 and has since won major awards
The American pianist first came to international attention in 2017 and has since won major awards
Mark Padmore, tenor
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Jan 2021
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Jan 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
A world premiere by Luke Bedford brings past voices into the present, with the London Sinfonietta
A world premiere by Luke Bedford brings past voices into the present, with the London Sinfonietta
Ignatz Johnson's illustration of Wagner's Ring Cycle
12:00 pm
Sun 24 Jan 2021
12:00 pm | Sun 24 Jan 2021
classical music
courses & workshops
The second of our study days offers new insights into a passion-inspiring opera experience
The second of our study days offers new insights into a passion-inspiring opera experience
Tunday Akintan, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Jan 2021
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Jan 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Serious grooving is in store at a performance of rare Yoruful music from the Yorubeat pioneer
Serious grooving is in store at a performance of rare Yoruful music from the Yorubeat pioneer
7:45 pm
Sat 30 Jan 2021
7:45 pm | Sat 30 Jan 2021
classical music
Hear the latest ensemble of piano with strings to win the Parkhouse Award
Hear the latest ensemble of piano with strings to win the Parkhouse Award
Thu Lee, classical guitarist
7:45 pm
Tue 23 Feb 2021
7:45 pm | Tue 23 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Bridge continents with the Hanoi-born classical guitarist who marries technical brilliance with rich emotion
Bridge continents with the Hanoi-born classical guitarist who marries technical brilliance with rich...

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4:00 pm
Sat 27 Feb 2021
4:00 pm | Sat 27 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Brand new music from the celebrated pioneers of the contemporary string quartet
Brand new music from the celebrated pioneers of the contemporary string quartet
Karim Said, pianist

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7:45 pm
Wed 03 Mar 2021
7:45 pm | Wed 03 Mar 2021
classical music
A visionary player splices flights of fancy with masterpieces of precision spanning four centuries
A visionary player splices flights of fancy with masterpieces of precision spanning four centuries
Bryce Dessner, composer

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 04 Mar 2021
6:00 pm | Thu 04 Mar 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Venture into Dessner's haunting, graceful music with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Venture into Dessner's haunting, graceful music with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Madeleine Mitchell, soloist

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Multi-buy discount

7:45 pm
Mon 08 Mar 2021
7:45 pm | Mon 08 Mar 2021
classical music
London Chamber Ensemble celebrates International Women’s Day with six composers and a world premiere
London Chamber Ensemble celebrates International Women’s Day with six composers and a world...
Johny Pitts, writer
7:00 pm
Tue 09 Mar 2021
7:00 pm | Tue 09 Mar 2021
gigs
literature & poetry
All aboard for an exhilarating whistle-stop tour of unseen Europe using music, words, images and film
All aboard for an exhilarating whistle-stop tour of unseen Europe using music, words, images and...
The Percussion Collective
7:45 pm
Sun 14 Mar 2021
7:45 pm | Sun 14 Mar 2021
classical music
Set off on an ocean voyage at a performance of Garth Neustadter's Seaborne
Set off on an ocean voyage at a performance of Garth Neustadter's Seaborne
Sanjay Guha, sitar player
7:45 pm
Sun 28 Mar 2021
7:45 pm | Sun 28 Mar 2021
classical music
folk & world
Rumi’s spiritual journey finds new expression in Indian music, poetry and dance
Rumi’s spiritual journey finds new expression in Indian music, poetry and dance
Extinction Rebellion protesting
7:45 pm
Fri 30 Apr 2021
7:45 pm | Fri 30 Apr 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
The London Sinfonietta and composer Laura Bowler perform the Extinction Rebellion manifesto
The London Sinfonietta and composer Laura Bowler perform the Extinction Rebellion manifesto
Two performers on a dark stage
7:45 pm
Fri 14 May 2021
7:45 pm | Fri 14 May 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Experience the once-heard-never-forgotten world of cult Canadian composer Claude Vivier
Experience the once-heard-never-forgotten world of cult Canadian composer Claude Vivier

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7:45 pm
Fri 21 May 2021
7:45 pm | Fri 21 May 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Quatuor Bozzini presents exploratory music as a frame for Crane’s fresh-faced Piano Quintet
Quatuor Bozzini presents exploratory music as a frame for Crane’s fresh-faced Piano Quintet
Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir
7:45 pm
Fri 28 May 2021
7:45 pm | Fri 28 May 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Listen out for three leading solo artists collaborating to share the best of popular songwriting
Listen out for three leading solo artists collaborating to share the best of popular songwriting
Young musician playing the violin
7:00 pm
Sun 04 Jul 2021
7:00 pm | Sun 04 Jul 2021
classical music
Marvel at young soloists and ensembles from the Royal College of Music Junior Department
Marvel at young soloists and ensembles from the Royal College of Music Junior Department
London Sinfonietta performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 07 Jul 2021
7:45 pm | Wed 07 Jul 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
The new generation has arrived – hear them live, presented by the London Sinfonietta
The new generation has arrived – hear them live, presented by the London Sinfonietta
Luka Okros, pianist
7:45 pm
Thu 08 Jul 2021
7:45 pm | Thu 08 Jul 2021
classical music
The London-based Georgian pianist performs Rachmaninov’s supremely demanding Piano Sonata No. 2
The London-based Georgian pianist performs Rachmaninov’s supremely demanding Piano Sonata No. 2
Shashank Subramaniam, musician
7:45 pm
Tue 13 Jul 2021
7:45 pm | Tue 13 Jul 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
The best of three worlds: musicians from India, Germany and Africa create a soul-stirring collaboration
The best of three worlds: musicians from India, Germany and Africa create a soul-stirring...

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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

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more about access & facilities

cloakroom

Our cloakroom opens around 60 minutes before the start of any show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It’s at the bottom of the stairs next to the Ticket Desk.

toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

getting here & parking

during your visit

We politely ask you help keep our foyers looking welcoming and presentable to everyone and to follow any requests from our Visitor Experience team. 

Our Concrete Cafe seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from the venue – nothing bought outside may be consumed in this area.

The cafe is a gadget and laptop free area. You are welcome to use your laptop, tablet, e-reader or other equivalent device in the rest of the foyer until 5pm. After this, our foyer is dedicated to fun and relaxatiom.

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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