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Classical Season 2018/19

September 2018 - July 2019

Welcome to the 2018/19 Classical Season at Southbank Centre.

This season’s highlights include: the first performances of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht in the UK since 1985; Mitsuko Uchida performing two Mozart piano concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; recitals from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, Maurizio Pollini, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard; a festival of new music by international composers featuring London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Aurora Orchestra and Claire Chase; as well as the European premiere of a new work from Philip Glass, in tribute to the chameleon genius of pop mastermind David Bowie.

Explore all our concerts and series below. For downloadable, print-at-home listings, you can also use our 2018/19 season at-a-glance document:

All this, plus free events, pre-concert talks, live-screenings, workshops and study days from the most exciting artists, conductors, orchestras and ensembles the world over.

Download 2018/19 Classical Season at-a-glance PDF

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All you never knew about one of Germany’s oldest orchestras
Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
In the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, a look at how even the darkest of subjects can inspire great musical works.
Listen to this Spotify playlist of eight classical pieces to get you in a festive mood
All you need to know about the Australian violinist, composer and conductor
Enjoy this rare archive backstage footage of the celebrated cellist, 30 years on from her tragic passing
An animation to get you in the mood for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s performance of Smetana’s Má Vlast
An in-depth interview with the celebrated French composer Philippe Schoeller
Get set for their 2018 milestone with this video teaser and spotify playlist
Our Director of Music's pick of the upcoming concert series
Experience everything from Chinese culture to Nordic cuisine via classical concerts
All you need to know about our Artist-in-Residence
The celebrated German-Japanese pianist describes her introduction to the Norwegian composer
The lighting designer explains the concept behind English National Opera's performance of The Dream of Gerontius
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
A closer look at Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain with the Royal Academy of Music's Head of Composition
Hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, and its political significance, from the composer
Listen to a specially created Spotify playlist, giving a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music

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7:30 pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 16 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
City of London Sinfonia explore Bach’s music and his use of maths and numbers
City of London Sinfonia explore Bach’s music and his use of maths and numbers
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Mariani Piano Quartet and pianist Huw Watkins perform new chamber music by Charlotte Bray.
The Mariani Piano Quartet and pianist Huw Watkins perform new chamber music by Charlotte Bray.

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7:30 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
‘Lioness of the piano’ [Wprost] Cristina Ortiz returns to the International Piano Series
‘Lioness of the piano’ [Wprost] Cristina Ortiz returns to the International Piano Series

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7:30 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
There’s good reason why Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 is one of the world’s favourite classics
There’s good reason why Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 is one of the world’s favourite...

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7:30 pm
Wed 24 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 24 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
Joseph Canteloube took the old songs of rural France and uncovered their tender soul
Joseph Canteloube took the old songs of rural France and uncovered their tender soul
Baritone, James Newby standing in a line of people

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7:00 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Classical music
Opera
An evening of pure Handelian fun.
An evening of pure Handelian fun.
Brian Tyler, conductor
7:30 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Brian Tyler conducts the Philharmonia in some of his most famous Hollywood scores
Brian Tyler conducts the Philharmonia in some of his most famous Hollywood scores
Southbank Sinfonia musicians
11:30 am
Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:30 am | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Join Southbank Sinfonia's intrepid musicians for a family concert
Join Southbank Sinfonia's intrepid musicians for a family concert

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7:30 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
Gioachino Rossini was a good Catholic, but he was also a showman
Gioachino Rossini was a good Catholic, but he was also a showman

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3:00 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare conducts a pair of Romantic classics
The charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare conducts a pair of Romantic classics

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