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Contemporary Edit

Music that makes surprising connections: welcome to our Contemporary Edit

Choose from our selection of performances that showcase the wealth of boundary-pushing, eye-opening new music that Southbank Centre has to offer.

Just announced: SoundState festival returns in February 2021, celebrating new music in the 21st century; the London premiere of the opera Harriet, based on the life of activist Harriet Tubman; and a weekend of music dedicated to Canadian composer, Claude Vivier.

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Daniel Elms
8:00 pm
Sun 07 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 07 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic musicians
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic...
Peter O'Hagan, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 09 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 09 Jun 2020
classical music
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
A crowd at The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Harriet Tubman: Scenes from a Life on stage

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7:30 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
performance & dance
A new opera inspired by one of the bravest human beings who ever lived
A new opera inspired by one of the bravest human beings who ever lived
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
Southbank Sinfonia musicians playing at Royal festival Hall
7:30 pm
Sun 08 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 08 Nov 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Southbank Sinfonia present a live concert version of Elizabeth Alker’s cult Radio 3 programme
Southbank Sinfonia present a live concert version of Elizabeth Alker’s cult Radio 3 programme
Conductor with London SInfonietta
7:30 pm
Thu 03 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 03 Dec 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The London premiere of James Dillon’s otherworldly fairy tale, with the London Sinfonietta
The London premiere of James Dillon’s otherworldly fairy tale, with the London Sinfonietta
London Sinfonietta performing on stage
7:30 pm
Wed 24 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 24 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Vimbayi Kaziboni conducts a brand new work by George Lewis, performed by the London Sinfonietta
Vimbayi Kaziboni conducts a brand new work by George Lewis, performed by the London Sinfonietta
Tyshawn Sorey, composer
7:15 pm
Thu 25 Feb 2021
7:15 pm | Thu 25 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Meet a musical polymath with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Meet a musical polymath with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Víkingur Ólafsson, pianist
9:00 pm
Thu 25 Feb 2021
9:00 pm | Thu 25 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
One of today’s most versatile pianists joins the Philharmonia Orchestra
One of today’s most versatile pianists joins the Philharmonia Orchestra

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