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Associate Orchestras

Southbank Centre is unique in having such a diverse and distinguished roster of Resident and Associate Artists.

Between them they offer the highest quality music performance ranging from the 10th century to the present day, and our partnership with each one is invaluable in helping to present a varied and adventurous programme throughout the year.

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Frank Zappa, instrumentalist
7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from playful to nightmarish with Zappa’s zany masterpiece
Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from playful to nightmarish with Zappa’s zany masterpiece
A member of Chineke! playing the French horn
7:30 pm
Mon 19 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 19 Oct 2020
classical music
The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music
The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music
Abel Selaocoe, cello
7:30 pm
Tue 17 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 17 Nov 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
BBC Concert Orchestra musicians
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Dec 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The BBC Concert Orchestra’s winter mix-tape features a liner list of Bach, Pärt and Max Richter
The BBC Concert Orchestra’s winter mix-tape features a liner list of Bach, Pärt and Max Richter
Members of National Children's Orchesra
3:00 pm
Sun 06 Dec 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 06 Dec 2020
classical music
The young musicians embrace the drama of music by Dukas and Prokofiev
The young musicians embrace the drama of music by Dukas and Prokofiev
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
7:30 pm
Thu 28 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Jan 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Music and poetry combine in a concert about immigration and identity, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Music and poetry combine in a concert about immigration and identity, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Child playing the ukulele in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
2:00 pm
Sun 21 Feb 2021
2:00 pm | Sun 21 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Set sail for music full of excitement and adventure, conjuring up sea voyages and dragons
Set sail for music full of excitement and adventure, conjuring up sea voyages and dragons
Chineke! performing on stage
7:30 pm
Sun 21 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 21 Feb 2021
classical music
The orchestra combines with percussion and double bass to perform a London premiere
The orchestra combines with percussion and double bass to perform a London premiere
Autumn tree landscape
7:30 pm
Sat 20 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 20 Mar 2021
classical music
Aurora Orchestra explores the most human of emotions through music and dance from Baroque to tango
Aurora Orchestra explores the most human of emotions through music and dance from Baroque to tango
Dobrinka Tabakova, composer
7:30 pm
Tue 30 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Tue 30 Mar 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Expect fireworks: new music by Dobrinka Tabakova, the BBC Concert Orchestra’s composer in residence
Expect fireworks: new music by Dobrinka Tabakova, the BBC Concert Orchestra’s composer in...

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Aurora Orchestra

Aurora Orchestra has established itself among Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, pioneering memorised performance as a regular feature of its artistic practice. Under Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, it has combined the highest quality of performance with creative programming and concerts. Based in London, Aurora is Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre and Resident Orchestra at Kings Place.

NYO

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain is the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers, providing orchestral performance opportunities for the brightest and committed musicians between the ages of 13 and 19. Their alumni include Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Thomas Ades. The NYO received the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2012, and the Ensemble Award at the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.

The NYO has also launched two programs, NYO Inspire and NYO Open, which target committed young musicians who lack opportunities to advance their playing.

Chineke! Orchestra

Chineke! Orchestra is Europe’s first majority-BME orchestra founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, comprising of exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together multiple times per year. Their motto is ‘championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music.’

Chineke! Orchestra works closely with its sister ensemble, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra of BME players aged 11 – 18, with senior players acting as mentors, teachers and role models to the young musicians. The youth orchestra gives junior players experience, encouragement and confidence during their formative years, with the hope of increasing the number of BME candidates currently studying music at third level.

BBC Concert Orchestra

The mission of the BBC Concert Orchestra is to bring inspiring musical experiences to everyone, everywhere, with the ensemble’s great versatility as the key.

As an Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre, the BBC Concert Orchestra’s highlights this season include a dramatic evening of music from the Film Noir greats, the musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim, an evening of glitz, glamour and charm celebrating the 100th birthday of Alan J Lerner and returning to Queen Elizabeth Hall performing music by David Bedford.

Along with its regular engagements throughout the UK, the BBC Concert Orchestra has toured internationally to China, Japan, Sweden, Abu Dhabi and coast to coast in the USA.