Classical music

Choose from over 200 incredible classical concerts that look to the future of what music can be and who it is for.

Explore our series below to discover some of the most exciting artists, conductors, orchestras and ensembles the world over.

download the 2018/19 Classical Season guide

download the 2019/20 Classical Season guide

London’s Southbank Centre is surely ambitious... [its] classical music season will embrace life, the universe and pretty much everything in between
The Guardian

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Enjoy stunning river views in an exclusive Members’ Cafe-Bar before or after your concert. Plus, you’ll get priority booking for the Classical Season 2019/20.

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Look out for series discounts in the ticketing area on selected event pages – add multiple events to your basket and get discounts of up to 30%. Discounts only apply to events within one season.

Drumming with Colin Currie Group
Various times
6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
Various times | 6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
art & exhibitions
classical music
Encounter Steve Reich’s mind-bending phrasing effect amid a major Bridget Riley retrospective
Encounter Steve Reich’s mind-bending phrasing effect amid a major Bridget Riley retrospective
Sean Shibe, guitarist
Various times
Fri 10 Jan 2020
Various times | Fri 10 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
classical music
A rousing performance of old and new music for guitar within our major Bridget Riley retrospective
A rousing performance of old and new music for guitar within our major Bridget Riley retrospective
Our Director of Music looks ahead to the Classical Season 2019/20
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

Our tips for booking tickets

The new season of classical music events, running from September 2019 through to June 2020, goes on sale to Members on Monday 25 February at 10am and General on sale on Wednesday 27 February at 10am. 

We expect our website to be busier than usual, so we would like to share with you some tips to help make your booking experience a good one.

The Waiting Room

From 9am, Wednesday 27 February, there will be a virtual waiting room active on our website. To join this room, either click 'login' on the top of the page or the ticket button on any of the event pages in Classical Season 2019/20. This is not a queue, so it doesn't matter at what time before 10am you join. 

At 10am everyone in the waiting room will be allocated a random queue number and moved into the booking queue, giving everyone a fair chance of being able to secure tickets.

The queue

You don't need to refresh the page at this point, as the queue will start automatically. When it is your turn, you will be prompted to log in and then you can proceed to purchase. 

Anyone joining after 10am will be allocated a number at the back of the queue. We advise that you check your login details before tickets go on sale.

Once you have added your first tickets to the basket you will have 45 minutes to finish your selection and complete your purchase.

Multi-buy ticket offers

To take advantage of our multi-buy offers look out for events displaying the yellow multi-buy label. You will be able to navigate back to the full list of events in each multi-buy by clicking the links below the titles on event pages or the multi-buy links in the 'what's on' listings. 

Discounts only apply to events within one season.

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