Newcomers' guide to classical music

Our guide busts myths, confronts perceptions and interprets jargon so that the pleasures of listening to live classical music can shine through. 

Hear from people who love classical music and people who don’t (yet), get tips on concert-going, from what to wear to what to look out for in Southbank Centre’s concert halls, and get in the mood with classical music playlists. 

Romantic, terrifying, thrilling, delicate, relaxing, thought-provoking: classical music has it all, and you haven’t really heard it until you’ve heard it live. What are you waiting for?

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from the blog

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