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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading music venue located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,700 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra

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7:30 pm
Sat 23 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
What if silence had a sound?
What if silence had a sound?
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna. Photo Tamara Rametsteiner

Free

Free

Various times
3 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019
Various times | 3 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019
Art
Learn how to make film with your smartphone on a short course with Skin Deep and Blackcurrent
Learn how to make film with your smartphone on a short course with Skin Deep and Blackcurrent
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...

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3:00 pm
Sun 24 Mar 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 24 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
In an afternoon of Viennese genius, hear Schubert’s mighty Ninth Symphony and two works by Mozart
In an afternoon of Viennese genius, hear Schubert’s mighty Ninth Symphony and two works by Mozart
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
School orchestra and choir performing on stage
7:00 pm
Mon 25 Mar 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 25 Mar 2019
Shine a light on Wandsworth’s young musicians at an evening of musical collaborations
Shine a light on Wandsworth’s young musicians at an evening of musical collaborations
Orchestra on stage
6:30 pm
Tue 26 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | Tue 26 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
South-eastern sounds: over 1,000 performers from the London Borough of Bexley showcase their talent
South-eastern sounds: over 1,000 performers from the London Borough of Bexley showcase their talent
Dancers in The Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

Various times
13 Mar 2019 - 24 Apr 2019
Various times | 13 Mar 2019 - 24 Apr 2019
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers
Have a ball at our nine-week dance programme for people with dementia and their carers

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7:30 pm
Wed 27 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 27 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
William Walton was the original angry young composer
William Walton was the original angry young composer

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7:30 pm
Thu 28 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman is both conductor and soloist in this concert of infectious melodies
Legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman is both conductor and soloist in this concert of infectious...
Nick Costley-White trio

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Bring laid-back swing and acoustic jazz to your Friday lunch-time
Bring laid-back swing and acoustic jazz to your Friday lunch-time
7:30 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
‘The best tenor in the world?’ asked The Independent. We just know he sounds glorious
‘The best tenor in the world?’ asked The Independent. We just know he sounds glorious

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12:00 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO musical laboratory opens its doors once more for children aged six and over
The LPO musical laboratory opens its doors once more for children aged six and over
Various times
Sat 30 Mar 2019
Various times | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
Various times
10 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
Various times | 10 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Stewart Copeland Lights Up the Orchestra
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Contemporary Classical
From The Police to Hollywood: A high-impact orchestral review of Stewart Copeland’s legendary career
From The Police to Hollywood: A high-impact orchestral review of Stewart Copeland’s legendary...
1:00 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Choral
Get in tune at a choral workshop with celebrated vocal coach Mary King on Bach’s dramatic oratorio
Get in tune at a choral workshop with celebrated vocal coach Mary King on Bach’s dramatic oratorio
Various times
27 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 27 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Philharmonia Chamber Players: Chausson & Muhly

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Discover Bruch's String Octet and Nico Muhly’s Clear Music, for cello, harp and celeste
Discover Bruch's String Octet and Nico Muhly’s Clear Music, for cello, harp and celeste
Xian Zhang.Harrison Parrott.HMU Elizabeth Rita / assistant Mariona Vilaros / studio Ermine London.15 October 2015

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7:30 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Experience Shostakovich’s towering Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ radiant Violin Concerto
Experience Shostakovich’s towering Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ radiant Violin Concerto
 Paris mirrors, September, 2016. Hannah Starkey, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.
7:00 pm
Mon 01 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 01 Apr 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
Explore Arbus’ early work at a talk with writer Charlie Fox and photographer Hannah Starkey
Explore Arbus’ early work at a talk with writer Charlie Fox and photographer Hannah Starkey
Bach - Toutes Suites

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7:00 pm
Tue 02 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 02 Apr 2019
Classical music
Choral
Catch one of Bach’s great masterpieces, a thrilling telling of the Easter story
Catch one of Bach’s great masterpieces, a thrilling telling of the Easter story
Toby Spence, British tenor
7:30 pm
Wed 03 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 03 Apr 2019
Classical music
Choral
Witness the first full London performance since the 19th century of Hubert Parry’s oratorio Judith
Witness the first full London performance since the 19th century of Hubert Parry’s oratorio Judith
Stanislav Kochanovsky, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 04 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Kochanovsky conducts a thrilling symphony dedicated to his home city.
Kochanovsky conducts a thrilling symphony dedicated to his home city.
Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Pack your lunch-break with adventurous melodies and virtuosic improvisation
Pack your lunch-break with adventurous melodies and virtuosic improvisation

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7:30 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Fall in love with some of the most passionately romantic music ever written by a British composer
Fall in love with some of the most passionately romantic music ever written by a British composer
Marc Maron, stand-up comedian
7:30 pm
Sat 06 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 06 Apr 2019
Comedy
Performance & Dance
The stand-up and podcaster returns to the UK with his raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy
The stand-up and podcaster returns to the UK with his raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy
11:00 am
Sun 07 Apr 2019
11:00 am | Sun 07 Apr 2019
Classical music
Choral
Enjoy The Bach Choir’s annual performance of its flagship event
Enjoy The Bach Choir’s annual performance of its flagship event
7:30 pm
Mon 08 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 08 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, a work full of tenderness and drama
Hear Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, a work full of tenderness and drama
A still from Shiraz: a Romance of India (1928)
7:30 pm
Tue 09 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 09 Apr 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Journey to India at a screening of an epic silent film with live score by sitarist Anoushka Shankar
Journey to India at a screening of an epic silent film with live score by sitarist Anoushka Shankar

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7:30 pm
Wed 10 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 10 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Absorb the sunshine of the great composers' great escapes to colourful worlds
Absorb the sunshine of the great composers' great escapes to colourful worlds

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7:30 pm
Thu 11 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt brings his irrepressible enthusiasm to two masterpieces
Herbert Blomstedt brings his irrepressible enthusiasm to two masterpieces
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Thursday, July 27, 2017. Photographer: Jason Alden ..Photographer: Jason Alden.www.jasonalden.com.0781 063 1642
7:30 pm
Fri 12 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 12 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The world’s greatest teenage orchestra join forces once again with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto
The world’s greatest teenage orchestra join forces once again with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto
Various times
13 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
Various times | 13 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Back to the Future in Concert
Various times
13 Apr 2019 - 14 Apr 2019
Various times | 13 Apr 2019 - 14 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Experience the thrill of the classic time-travelling blockbuster with a live orchestral score
Experience the thrill of the classic time-travelling blockbuster with a live orchestral score
Philharmonia Chamber Players: Bach, Debussy, Bartok

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 14 Apr 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 14 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Bassoonist Robin O’Neill leads an ensemble of 15 wind players in music by JS Bach, Debussy and Bartòk
Bassoonist Robin O’Neill leads an ensemble of 15 wind players in music by JS Bach, Debussy and...

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7:30 pm
Sun 14 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 14 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
In Herbert Blomstedt’s second concert, hear his take on two definitive symphonies
In Herbert Blomstedt’s second concert, hear his take on two definitive symphonies
Ian McEwan, novelist
7:30 pm
Mon 15 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 15 Apr 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
In an exclusive event Ian McEwan reflects on his life in writing and his latest novel
In an exclusive event Ian McEwan reflects on his life in writing and his latest novel
An illustration of William Shakespeare

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7:30 pm
Tue 16 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 16 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear Shakespeare’s extraordinary words accompanied by choral and orchestral music interludes
Hear Shakespeare’s extraordinary words accompanied by choral and orchestral music interludes

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 17 Apr 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 17 Apr 2019
Spin into spring at this month's tea dance with all the favourites, from ballroom to swing
Spin into spring at this month's tea dance with all the favourites, from ballroom to swing
Installation view of Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion at Hayward Gallery, 2019
7:00 pm
Wed 17 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 17 Apr 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
A diverse range of thinkers and practitioners discuss repair as a physical and symbolic act
A diverse range of thinkers and practitioners discuss repair as a physical and symbolic act
7:30 pm
Thu 18 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Apr 2019
Gigs
Witness a live performance by the critically acclaimed American indie-alternative band
Witness a live performance by the critically acclaimed American indie-alternative band
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Illustration for a James Lavelle event showing a paint-splattered horse in a room
7:30 pm
Fri 19 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Be among the first to hear the outfit’s new material live at a sensational show with special guests
Be among the first to hear the outfit’s new material live at a sensational show with special...
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
13 Mar 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Mar 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Mary Jean Chan, author
7:00 pm
Tue 23 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 23 Apr 2019
Literature
Poetry
Uncover the ways in which poetry enables us to utter what is unspeakable in a six-week course
Uncover the ways in which poetry enables us to utter what is unspeakable in a six-week course
Women Rewriting Homer: Madeline Miller & Sharlene Teo
7:00 pm
Wed 24 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 24 Apr 2019
Literature
Writers
How do we write different perspectives from our own?
How do we write different perspectives from our own?
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Maria Chiara Argirò, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from the drum and piano duo
Jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from the drum and piano duo
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
Classical music
Choral
Alan Titchmarsh hosts a programme of great English classics
Alan Titchmarsh hosts a programme of great English classics
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
12:00 pm
Sat 27 Apr 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 27 Apr 2019
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 – 18
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 – 18
12:00 pm
Sat 27 Apr 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 27 Apr 2019
Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with Bowie in this study day
Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with Bowie in this study day
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Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 27 Apr 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 27 Apr 2019
Classical music
The sound of the future: hear the next generation of orchestral musicians perform British music
The sound of the future: hear the next generation of orchestral musicians perform British music

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7:30 pm
Sat 27 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 27 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Falstaff is one of British music’s most unexpected masterpieces
Falstaff is one of British music’s most unexpected masterpieces
Illustration for A World of Magic at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sun 28 Apr 2019
Various times | Sun 28 Apr 2019
Classical music
Take your little ones to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute
Take your little ones to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute

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7:30 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony
Wayne Marshall, organist

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7:30 pm
Mon 29 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 29 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Wayne Marshall returns to Royal Festival Hall to perform two major French organ works and an improvisation on submitted themes
Wayne Marshall returns to Royal Festival Hall to perform two major French organ works and an...
Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, sarod player
7:30 pm
Tue 30 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 30 Apr 2019
Gigs
Be captivated by the resonant sound of the sarod, played by two generations of masters
Be captivated by the resonant sound of the sarod, played by two generations of masters
Kit de Waal, writer
7:30 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
What does it mean to be working class in Britain today?
What does it mean to be working class in Britain today?

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7:30 pm
Fri 03 May 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 03 May 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Some listeners have described Bruckner’s symphonies as cathedrals in sound
Some listeners have described Bruckner’s symphonies as cathedrals in sound
Sergio Mendes sat at the piano
7:30 pm
Sun 05 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 05 May 2019
Gigs
Be transported to Brazil by a legend of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s
Be transported to Brazil by a legend of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
7:30 pm
Tue 07 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 07 May 2019
Classical music
Choral
Hear the Da Vinci Requiem by Cecilia McDowall created in honour of his 500th death anniversary
Hear the Da Vinci Requiem by Cecilia McDowall created in honour of his 500th death anniversary
Woman playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
Wed 08 May 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 08 May 2019
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Detail from a classical style memorial statue. Has strong film grain at full size.
7:30 pm
Wed 08 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 08 May 2019
Classical music
Choral
A meditation on life and death in Elgar’s most assured choral work
A meditation on life and death in Elgar’s most assured choral work
Adults playing Gamelan
6:00 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
6:00 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
AL
7:30 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12
Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12
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People singing and playing Gamelan
8:00 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
8:00 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
11:00 am
Fri 10 May 2019
11:00 am | Fri 10 May 2019
Talks & Topics
Our 7,866-pipe organ reveals its mysteries in an in-depth workshop
Our 7,866-pipe organ reveals its mysteries in an in-depth workshop
Nina Harries, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear the unexpected from the folk-punk double bassist and vocalist
Hear the unexpected from the folk-punk double bassist and vocalist
7:30 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
Classical music
Choral
Hear the monumental harmony of 200 voices performing Carl Orff’s masterwork
Hear the monumental harmony of 200 voices performing Carl Orff’s masterwork
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 11 May 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 11 May 2019
Literature
Poetry
When is a poem finished? Find out at a workshop with the poet and founder of Out-Spoken
When is a poem finished? Find out at a workshop with the poet and founder of Out-Spoken

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7:30 pm
Sat 11 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 11 May 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Discover one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music
Discover one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music
Adult group playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
Mon 13 May 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 13 May 2019
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Actress + Young Paint
7:30 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The world premiere of a new work for voice, AI and electronics on the transcendent nature of love
The world premiere of a new work for voice, AI and electronics on the transcendent nature of love
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
Show off your moves at our monthly tea dance, with classics including rhumba, tango and the waltz
Show off your moves at our monthly tea dance, with classics including rhumba, tango and the waltz
Eric Whitacre

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7:30 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
Classical music
Choral
Made in America: the compelling composer and conductor performs a programme of works from the USA
Made in America: the compelling composer and conductor performs a programme of works from the USA
Philharmonia Chamber Players: Schubert & Mendelssohn

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 16 May 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 16 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
A treat for string quartet fans: Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op.80
A treat for string quartet fans: Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op.80

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7:30 pm
Thu 16 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 16 May 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Immerse yourself in three great works of German Romanticism, conducted by Jakub Hruša
Immerse yourself in three great works of German Romanticism, conducted by Jakub Hruša
Donnerstag aus Licht performance onstage
Various times
21 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
Various times | 21 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
Beverley Knight, recording artist
7:30 pm
Thu 23 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 23 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Christy Moore with his guitar singing into a microphone
Various times
24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Various times | 24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Marcus Miller, jazz composer and musician
7:30 pm
Sun 26 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 26 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Barts Choir
7:30 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
Classical music
Choral
Be awed by the powerful human drama of one of the great masterpieces of Western music
Be awed by the powerful human drama of one of the great masterpieces of Western music
Pekka Kuusisto. Photo:Maija Tammi

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7:30 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto present music infused with rhythmic vigour
Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto present music infused with rhythmic vigour
Violinist, Pekka Kusisto

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
9:30 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Music takes shape in gravity-defying movement in an adventurous performance
Music takes shape in gravity-defying movement in an adventurous performance
States of Independence

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7:00 pm
Fri 31 May 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 31 May 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Rally around the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty
Rally around the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty
Orchestra Playing The Music of Zimmer vs Williams
Various times
Sat 01 Jun 2019
Various times | Sat 01 Jun 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
See unforgettable scores from two of the world’s greatest film composers performed live
See unforgettable scores from two of the world’s greatest film composers performed live

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear the world premieres by three emerging UK composers
Hear the world premieres by three emerging UK composers

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7:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti interprets Bruch’s First Violin Concerto
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti interprets Bruch’s First Violin Concerto
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor and composer

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7:30 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, featuring theatrical works by Berg, Weill and Shostakovich
A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, featuring theatrical works by Berg, Weill and Shostakovich
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Jun 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The Oscar-winning writer of biopic Milk brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s stage
The Oscar-winning writer of biopic Milk brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s...

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7:30 pm
Tue 11 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 11 Jun 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Virtuosic pianist Denis Kozhukhin performs Brahms and Strauss
Virtuosic pianist Denis Kozhukhin performs Brahms and Strauss

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
See screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka
See screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka
Film still from Metropolis

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7:30 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Watch Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis accompanied live by Gottfried Huppertz's score
Watch Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis accompanied live by Gottfried Huppertz's...
The Light in the Piazza at Southbank Centre
Various times
14 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
Various times | 14 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
Performance & Dance
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
Be transported to a sun-drenched Italian piazza by the Broadway hit musical
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 15 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 15 Jun 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Tell your own story at a workshop on poetry reportage with the poet and founder of SLAMbassadors
Tell your own story at a workshop on poetry reportage with the poet and founder of SLAMbassadors
The Auditorium at the Royal Festival Hall
6:00 pm
Sat 15 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 15 Jun 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour

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visitor info

Planning a visit to our iconic Royal Festival Hall? Here’s some useful information.

opening times

Royal Festival Hall is open 10am – 11pm every day*.

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the start time of an event.

Entry to our foyers is free although sometimes it is restricted to provide space for audiences as they arrive for performances – please look out for signs and listen to announcements.

*Occasionally Royal Festival Hall is closed to the public due to private hire. We publicise these times across the site and online, so please check before visiting.

 

facilities & access

At Southbank Centre we welcome everyone and want our site to be available to all. We are working hard to remove barriers so that our facilities and events can be accessible to as many people as possible.

access information

 

tickets & concessions

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

tickets & concessions faqs

 

getting here and around

We're easily accessible by public transport on road, rail and even river. Find information on the best ways to get to us on the link below.

how to get here

 

food & drink

You certainly won’t go hungry at Southbank Centre. Find out more about the wide range of food and drink options available here on site on the link below.

cafes, restaurants and bars

food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members' Cafe-Bar, located on Level 6 with panoramic views over the river, is open to Southbank Centre Members. If you fancy some alfresco dining, the Riverside Cafe is located on Level 2.

Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river.

There's something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

while you're here

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