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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.

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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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7:30 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
classical music
Alan Titchmarsh hosts a programme of great English classics
Alan Titchmarsh hosts a programme of great English classics
12:00 pm
Sat 27 Apr 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 27 Apr 2019
talks & debates
courses & workshops
Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with Bowie in this study day
Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with Bowie in this study day
Unavailable

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7:30 pm
Sat 27 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 27 Apr 2019
classical music
Falstaff is one of British music’s most unexpected masterpieces
Falstaff is one of British music’s most unexpected masterpieces
Image of Earth from the Moon
3:00 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Feel the pull of the moon at a concert of lunar-themed works performed by Hertfordshire Chorus
Feel the pull of the moon at a concert of lunar-themed works performed by Hertfordshire Chorus

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7:30 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
classical music
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony
Wayne Marshall, organist

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7:30 pm
Mon 29 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 29 Apr 2019
classical music
Wayne Marshall returns to Royal Festival Hall to perform two major French organ works and an improvisation on submitted themes
Wayne Marshall returns to Royal Festival Hall to perform two major French organ works and an...
Young pianists in Purcell School: Freddy Morgan Piano Recitals
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Apr 2019
classical music
Talented teenage pianists from The Purcell School perform works by Chopin, Liszt and Schumann
Talented teenage pianists from The Purcell School perform works by Chopin, Liszt and Schumann
Belcea Quartet.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Tue 30 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 30 Apr 2019
classical music
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski joins the Belcea Quartet to perform works of light and shadow
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski joins the Belcea Quartet to perform works of light and shadow
Francesco Piemontesi photo: Marco Borgreve

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7:30 pm
Thu 02 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 02 May 2019
classical music
Francesco Piemontesi is renowned for his refined musicianship, allied to a flawless technique
Francesco Piemontesi is renowned for his refined musicianship, allied to a flawless technique
Absolute Bird Australian Birdsong, City of London Sinfonia performing
7:30 pm
Fri 03 May 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 03 May 2019
classical music
Hear the sounds of the Australian skies in a programme featuring a UK premiere by Hollis Taylor
Hear the sounds of the Australian skies in a programme featuring a UK premiere by Hollis Taylor

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7:30 pm
Fri 03 May 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 03 May 2019
classical music
Some listeners have described Bruckner’s symphonies as cathedrals in sound
Some listeners have described Bruckner’s symphonies as cathedrals in sound
Mela Guitar Quartet, classical guitar quartet
7:00 pm
Sun 05 May 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 05 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear effervescent classical guitar music from the quartet's new album, plus three world premieres
Hear effervescent classical guitar music from the quartet's new album, plus three world...
7:30 pm
Tue 07 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 07 May 2019
classical music
Hear the Da Vinci Requiem by Cecilia McDowall created in honour of his 500th death anniversary
Hear the Da Vinci Requiem by Cecilia McDowall created in honour of his 500th death anniversary
Detail from a classical style memorial statue. Has strong film grain at full size.
7:30 pm
Wed 08 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 08 May 2019
classical music
A meditation on life and death in Elgar’s most assured choral work
A meditation on life and death in Elgar’s most assured choral work
Kareem Roustom, composer
7:45 pm
Wed 08 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 08 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Chilingirian Quartet presents the European premiere of Roustom's latest, plus Musgrave and Tchaikovsky
Chilingirian Quartet presents the European premiere of Roustom's latest, plus Musgrave and...
AL
7:30 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12
Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12
Unavailable
Southbank Sinfonia

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6:15 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
6:15 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
classical music
Janácek's appropriately named Youth is paired with the sprightly conclusion of Beethoven's Septet
Janácek's appropriately named Youth is paired with the sprightly conclusion of...
Southbank Sinfonia

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7:15 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
7:15 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
classical music
From Revueltas' Mexico to Hilary Tann's Wales: an exhilarating performance by young musicians
From Revueltas' Mexico to Hilary Tann's Wales: an exhilarating performance by young...
7:30 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
classical music
Hear the monumental harmony of 200 voices performing Carl Orff’s masterwork
Hear the monumental harmony of 200 voices performing Carl Orff’s masterwork
Musicians of Southbank Sinfonia

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8:15 pm
Fri 10 May 2019
8:15 pm | Fri 10 May 2019
classical music
A showcase for strings, the last concert of the evening features Philip Glass and Michael Gordon
A showcase for strings, the last concert of the evening features Philip Glass and Michael Gordon

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7:30 pm
Sat 11 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 11 May 2019
classical music
Discover one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music
Discover one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music
Velshodegan
7:45 pm
Sat 11 May 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 11 May 2019
classical music
The trio of misfits subverting traditional Persian music with satirical streetwise lyrics
The trio of misfits subverting traditional Persian music with satirical streetwise lyrics
Swaranjali, choir
2:30 pm
Sun 12 May 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 12 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear raga-based tarana, Vedic chants and popular Indian songs performed by two Indian choirs
Hear raga-based tarana, Vedic chants and popular Indian songs performed by two Indian choirs

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3:00 pm
Sun 12 May 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 12 May 2019
classical music
One of the world’s leading viola players performs emotive 19th-century chamber music by Brahms
One of the world’s leading viola players performs emotive 19th-century chamber music by Brahms
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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7:00 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
classical music
Enjoy a balance of pleasures with the music of Bach
Enjoy a balance of pleasures with the music of Bach

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7:30 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
classical music
Cedric Tiberghien’s musical imagination and versatility has captivated audiences worldwide
Cedric Tiberghien’s musical imagination and versatility has captivated audiences worldwide
Eric Whitacre

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7:30 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
classical music
Made in America: the compelling composer and conductor performs a programme of works from the USA
Made in America: the compelling composer and conductor performs a programme of works from the USA
Philharmonia Chamber Players: Schubert & Mendelssohn

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 16 May 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 16 May 2019
classical music
A treat for string quartet fans: Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op.80
A treat for string quartet fans: Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op.80
Jess Gillam, saxophonist
7:30 pm
Thu 16 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 16 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The BBC Concert Orchestra paint a musical portrait of the colour green
The BBC Concert Orchestra paint a musical portrait of the colour green

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7:30 pm
Thu 16 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 16 May 2019
classical music
Immerse yourself in three great works of German Romanticism, conducted by Jakub Hruša
Immerse yourself in three great works of German Romanticism, conducted by Jakub Hruša
Minguet Quartet, musical group
7:45 pm
Fri 17 May 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 17 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Evoking the art of chiaroscuro, Roberto David Rusconi’s Variazioni Tiepolo sees its world premiere
Evoking the art of chiaroscuro, Roberto David Rusconi’s Variazioni Tiepolo sees its world premiere
Southbank Sinfonia
11:30 am
Sun 19 May 2019
11:30 am | Sun 19 May 2019
classical music
family & young people
Step into our time machine and travel through musical history at an interactive family concert
Step into our time machine and travel through musical history at an interactive family concert
7:00 pm
Sun 19 May 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 19 May 2019
classical music
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Donnerstag aus Licht performance onstage
Various times
21 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
Various times | 21 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
Performance of Absolute Bird: Translating Nature
8:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
classical music
Look to the birds at a City of London Sinfonia concert featuring chamber works inspired by birdsong
Look to the birds at a City of London Sinfonia concert featuring chamber works inspired by birdsong
Barts Choir
7:30 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
classical music
Be awed by the powerful human drama of one of the great masterpieces of Western music
Be awed by the powerful human drama of one of the great masterpieces of Western music
Various times
29 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
Various times | 29 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
classical music
Experience a pair of Gluck’s one-act operas
Experience a pair of Gluck’s one-act operas
Musician playing the horn
7:00 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See tomorrow's top artists compete for the prestigious ROSL Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize
See tomorrow's top artists compete for the prestigious ROSL Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize
Pekka Kuusisto. Photo:Maija Tammi

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7:30 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
classical music
Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto present music infused with rhythmic vigour
Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto present music infused with rhythmic vigour
Violinist, Pekka Kusisto

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
9:30 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
classical music
Music takes shape in gravity-defying movement in an adventurous performance
Music takes shape in gravity-defying movement in an adventurous performance

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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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