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For music that really has something to say, choose from hundreds of boundary-pushing classical concerts.

 

Just announced: Classical Season 2020/21

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

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6:00 pm
Wed 08 Apr 2020
6:00 pm | Wed 08 Apr 2020
classical music
Teenage composers chosen by the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform their own music
Teenage composers chosen by the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform their own music
Nikolai Lugansky, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 08 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 08 Apr 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Monumental works from 1809, 1909 and 2009: it's the London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2020 Vision
Monumental works from 1809, 1909 and 2009: it's the London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2020...
National Youth Orchestra on stage at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Various times
16 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
Various times | 16 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
classical music
Hear an ode to joy for our times with a reimagined choral symphony from the National Youth Orchestra
Hear an ode to joy for our times with a reimagined choral symphony from the National Youth Orchestra

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Free

3:00 pm
Fri 17 Apr 2020
3:00 pm | Fri 17 Apr 2020
classical music
courses & workshops
Learn from rising-star women conductors as they are expertly coached by the conducting superstar
Learn from rising-star women conductors as they are expertly coached by the conducting superstar
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 17 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 17 Apr 2020
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor presents the composer’s Ninth Symphony
The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor presents the composer’s Ninth Symphony
Zhang Zuo, pianist

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3:00 pm
Sun 19 Apr 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 19 Apr 2020
classical music
From opening fanfare to joyous finale: the Philharmonia Orchestra brings you Mahler’s Fifth
From opening fanfare to joyous finale: the Philharmonia Orchestra brings you Mahler’s Fifth
Carol Williams playing the organ

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7:30 pm
Mon 20 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 20 Apr 2020
classical music
Did we even need to ask? Thrill to Hendrix, Giles Swayne and Ethel Smith performed on the pipes
Did we even need to ask? Thrill to Hendrix, Giles Swayne and Ethel Smith performed on the pipes
Danny Elfman, composer
7:30 pm
Tue 21 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 21 Apr 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Danny Elfman's Violin Concerto receives its first London performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra
Danny Elfman's Violin Concerto receives its first London performance by the BBC Concert...
Anoushka Shankar, sitarist

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7:30 pm
Wed 22 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 22 Apr 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Three genre-defying works from 2010, brought to you by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Three genre-defying works from 2010, brought to you by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Young musicians in Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 25 Apr 2020
6:00 pm | Sat 25 Apr 2020
classical music
Exceptional young instrumentalists perform alongside their London Philharmonic Orchestra mentors
Exceptional young instrumentalists perform alongside their London Philharmonic Orchestra mentors
Sara Jakubiak, soprano

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7:30 pm
Sat 25 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 25 Apr 2020
classical music
Embrace a choral work like no other with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Embrace a choral work like no other with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Steven Isserlis, cellist

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3:00 pm
Sun 26 Apr 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 26 Apr 2020
classical music
Enter the world of Russian folklore with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enter the world of Russian folklore with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Concert in Royal Festival hall
7:30 pm
Mon 27 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 27 Apr 2020
classical music
Works created in the shadow of the Second World War are brought to light by Barts Choir
Works created in the shadow of the Second World War are brought to light by Barts Choir
Maurizio Pollini, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 28 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 28 Apr 2020
classical music
Hear one of the great pianists of the current era in an eagerly anticipated appearance
Hear one of the great pianists of the current era in an eagerly anticipated appearance
James McVinnie, organist

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7:30 pm
Wed 29 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 29 Apr 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents revitalising works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Nico Muhly
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents revitalising works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Nico Muhly
Musician playing the harp

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Free

6:00 pm
Thu 30 Apr 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 30 Apr 2020
classical music
The mythical quest of Theseus to find and conquer the Minotaur is stirringly evoked by Schafer's work
The mythical quest of Theseus to find and conquer the Minotaur is stirringly evoked by...
Performance of Mahler: The Song of the Earth

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7:30 pm
Thu 30 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 30 Apr 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents music embracing youth and beauty, old age and farewell
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents music embracing youth and beauty, old age and farewell
Antonia Pappano, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 01 May 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 01 May 2020
classical music
A phenomenal soloist joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra
A phenomenal soloist joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Before the Firebird at Southbank Centre

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12:00 pm
Sun 03 May 2020
12:00 pm | Sun 03 May 2020
classical music
family & young people
Take part in a musical fairytale for all the family with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Take part in a musical fairytale for all the family with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko Conducts The Poem of Ecstasy

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7:30 pm
Sun 03 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 03 May 2020
classical music
Intoxicating colours paint inspired works of beauty by Scriabin, Ravel, Debussy and Wagner
Intoxicating colours paint inspired works of beauty by Scriabin, Ravel, Debussy and Wagner
Playing the Game at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Wed 06 May 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 06 May 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Players show off their skills in a BBC Concert Orchestra concert inspired by games past and present
Players show off their skills in a BBC Concert Orchestra concert inspired by games past and present
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, conductor
7:30 pm
Sat 09 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 09 May 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
On the surface, Debussy and Varèse couldn't be more different, but they share an obsession with sound
On the surface, Debussy and Varèse couldn't be more different, but they share an obsession...
Philharmonia Chamber Players, ensemble

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Free

6:00 pm
Sun 10 May 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 10 May 2020
classical music
Tender, sensual, ravishing: hear a short, free recital of two chamber works that reach towards ecstasy
Tender, sensual, ravishing: hear a short, free recital of two chamber works that reach towards...
Alexander Gavrylyuk, pianist

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7:30 pm
Sun 10 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 10 May 2020
classical music
Enjoy one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enjoy one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Colin Currie Artist Portrait

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 14 May 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 14 May 2020
classical music
‘The world’s finest and most daring percussionist’ (The Spectator)
‘The world’s finest and most daring percussionist’ (The Spectator)
Joana Carneiro, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 14 May 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 14 May 2020
classical music
Ride the emotions of great 20th-century American music with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Ride the emotions of great 20th-century American music with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Carmina Burana
7:30 pm
Fri 15 May 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 15 May 2020
classical music
O fortuna! The Philharmonia’s rousing performance of Orff’s choral masterpiece is destined to thrill
O fortuna! The Philharmonia’s rousing performance of Orff’s choral masterpiece is destined to...
Musicians performing on stage

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 21 May 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 21 May 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
World premieres from emerging composers round off the Philharmonia Orchestra's Composers' Academy
World premieres from emerging composers round off the Philharmonia Orchestra's Composers'...
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 21 May 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 21 May 2020
classical music
Listen out for the swans in this audience favourite from the Philharmonia Orchestra
Listen out for the swans in this audience favourite from the Philharmonia Orchestra
Thomas Trotter, concert organist

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 May 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 26 May 2020
classical music
Thomas Trotter has been called ‘one of the most brilliant concert organists... on the world stage’
Thomas Trotter has been called ‘one of the most brilliant concert organists... on the world...
Ray Chen, violinist

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7:30 pm
Wed 27 May 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 27 May 2020
classical music
Open your heart to Sibelius and Rachmaninoff with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Open your heart to Sibelius and Rachmaninoff with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Last Night of Spring Proms audience and conductor with Union Jack flags
7:30 pm
Fri 29 May 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 29 May 2020
classical music
An evening of popular classics is crowned with a jubilant flag-waving Proms Finale
An evening of popular classics is crowned with a jubilant flag-waving Proms Finale
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 31 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 31 May 2020
classical music
Berlioz’s famous symphony finds its momentum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlioz’s famous symphony finds its momentum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Bach Choir performing in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Thu 04 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Jun 2020
classical music
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by Verdi
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by...
Film still from The English Patient (1996)
7:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
classical music
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Musician playing the harp

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Free

6:00 pm
Thu 11 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 11 Jun 2020
classical music
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Instrumental Fellowship Programme supports the talent of tomorrow
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Instrumental Fellowship Programme supports the talent of tomorrow
Mahler: Song of Lamentation

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7:30 pm
Thu 11 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Jun 2020
classical music
An evening of high stakes and drama brings the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season to a close
An evening of high stakes and drama brings the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season to a close
Philip Dale, trombone

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7:00 pm
Fri 26 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 26 Jun 2020
classical music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs works by the bad boys of 19th-century music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs works by the bad boys of 19th-century music
Piano player
3:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
classical music
An all-Gershwin extravaganza bursting with Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes
An all-Gershwin extravaganza bursting with Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 23 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Sep 2020
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra raises the curtain on its new season with a story of gothic excess
The London Philharmonic Orchestra raises the curtain on its new season with a story of gothic excess

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Southbank Centre’s Ramatoulie Bobb looks ahead to her first classical music encounter
Listen to this Spotify playlist and hear some of the big beasts of the instrument world
Don’t worry about what to wear or when to clap; you’re there for the music
Listen to this Spotify playlist and step away from the bustle of everyday life
Have your finger on the pulse and be the very first to hear a brand new piece of music
Get a flavour of the new season with this Spotify playlist
If you are a romantic at heart listen to this Spotify playlist and stir your inner emotions
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

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