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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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Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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Various times
Thu 24 Sep 2020
Various times | Thu 24 Sep 2020
classical music
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Jordi Savall, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 25 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 25 Sep 2020
classical music
Step into the ravishingly beautiful world of the French baroque with musical pioneer Jordi Savall
Step into the ravishingly beautiful world of the French baroque with musical pioneer Jordi Savall
Film still from The Lodger (1927), dir. Alfred Hitchcock
7:15 pm
Sun 27 Sep 2020
7:15 pm | Sun 27 Sep 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
See ‘the first true Hitchcock movie’ with a chill-inducing orchestral score by Neil Brand.
See ‘the first true Hitchcock movie’ with a chill-inducing orchestral score by Neil Brand.
Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 27 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 27 Sep 2020
classical music
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
Edward Gardner, conductor

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8:00 pm
Wed 30 Sep 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 30 Sep 2020
classical music
BROADCAST: The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Beethoven’s remarkable Fifth
BROADCAST: The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Beethoven’s remarkable Fifth
Frank Zappa, instrumentalist
7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from playful to nightmarish with Zappa’s zany masterpiece
Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from playful to nightmarish with Zappa’s zany masterpiece
Denis Kozukhin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
A crowd at The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Free

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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
Child playing the violin in a workshop

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12:00 pm
Sun 04 Oct 2020
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Oct 2020
family & young people
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
A member of Southbank SInfonia orchestra and Sian Edwards,
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Oct 2020
classical music
The orchestra’s high-energy musicians perform two 20th-century masterpieces
The orchestra’s high-energy musicians perform two 20th-century masterpieces
Eric Lu, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 06 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Oct 2020
classical music
A hot-property pianist journeys from the privacy of the confessional to the horror of war.
A hot-property pianist journeys from the privacy of the confessional to the horror of war.
Marina Sosnina, sand artist

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7:30 pm
Tue 06 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Oct 2020
classical music
Joy awaits in The Nutcracker with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, illustrated by live sand art
Joy awaits in The Nutcracker with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, illustrated by live sand art
Matthew Barley, cellist

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6:00 pm
Sat 10 Oct 2020
6:00 pm | Sat 10 Oct 2020
classical music
Matthew Barley reimagines Beethoven’s works of solace in a spirit of improvisation and discussion
Matthew Barley reimagines Beethoven’s works of solace in a spirit of improvisation and discussion
Isabelle Faust, violinist

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Various times
Sun 11 Oct 2020
Various times | Sun 11 Oct 2020
classical music
Two key 20th-century composers sweep you off your feet with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Two key 20th-century composers sweep you off your feet with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Jan Lisiecki, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 15 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 15 Oct 2020
classical music
Enter the sanctuary of the concert hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enter the sanctuary of the concert hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Feinstein Ensemble, musical group
7:45 pm
Thu 15 Oct 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 15 Oct 2020
classical music
Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann challenged the best musicians of their day with these breathtaking pieces
Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann challenged the best musicians of their day with these breathtaking pieces
Crouch End Festival Chorus on stage
7:30 pm
Sun 18 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 18 Oct 2020
classical music
London Orchestra da Camera and Crouch End Festival Chorus celebrate 50 years since the moon landing
London Orchestra da Camera and Crouch End Festival Chorus celebrate 50 years since the moon landing
A member of Chineke! playing the French horn
7:30 pm
Mon 19 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 19 Oct 2020
classical music
The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music
The orchestra and soloist perform one of the best known piano concertos in classical music
Christian Curnyn

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7:00 pm
Tue 20 Oct 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 20 Oct 2020
classical music
A biblical story dramatises the many facets of love, from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
A biblical story dramatises the many facets of love, from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Isata Kanneh-Mason, musician

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3:00 pm
Sun 25 Oct 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 25 Oct 2020
classical music
Meet a quintessentially Romantic trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Meet a quintessentially Romantic trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Víkingur Ólafsson, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 27 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 27 Oct 2020
classical music
For a breath of fresh air, try elegant French music and Mussorgsky’s majestic musical pictures
For a breath of fresh air, try elegant French music and Mussorgsky’s majestic musical pictures
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, composer

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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
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 29 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Oct 2020
classical music
Music challenges tyranny in the Philharmonia Orchestra's tribute to the two composers
Music challenges tyranny in the Philharmonia Orchestra's tribute to the two composers
A Young Girl Taught to play a Trumpet at a Workshop
11:30 am
Sat 31 Oct 2020
11:30 am | Sat 31 Oct 2020
family & young people
Brave kids aged five to 11 are invited to explore the spooky side of an orchestra
Brave kids aged five to 11 are invited to explore the spooky side of an orchestra
Southbank SInfonia performing
7:30 pm
Mon 02 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 02 Nov 2020
classical music
Conductor Gabor Takács-Nagy brings his trademark high energy to Mendelssohn’s otherworldly melodies
Conductor Gabor Takács-Nagy brings his trademark high energy to Mendelssohn’s otherworldly...
Louis Schwizgebel, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 05 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Nov 2020
classical music
American jazz meets an Old Testament tale in a concert of contrasts from the Philharmonia Orchestra
American jazz meets an Old Testament tale in a concert of contrasts from 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
London Philharmonic Orchestra performing on stage
7:30 pm
Tue 10 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 10 Nov 2020
classical music
Classical music concerts have supported homelessness charity The Passage for 20 years
Classical music concerts have supported homelessness charity The Passage for 20 years
Imogen Cooper, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 11 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 11 Nov 2020
classical music
This British pianist has made central monuments of the Viennese piano literature her own
This British pianist has made central monuments of the Viennese piano literature her own
Elim Chan, conductor

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Various times
Thu 12 Nov 2020
Various times | Thu 12 Nov 2020
classical music
From the piccolo to the contrabassoon, every musician in the Philharmonia Orchestra gets to shine
From the piccolo to the contrabassoon, every musician in the Philharmonia Orchestra gets to shine
Abel Selaocoe, cello
7:30 pm
Tue 17 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 17 Nov 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
Marie Hecker

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7:30 pm
Thu 19 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Nov 2020
classical music
Relish an essential masterpiece with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Relish an essential masterpiece with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Steven Devine, pianist

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7:00 pm
Mon 23 Nov 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 23 Nov 2020
classical music
Encounter the ‘Swedish Mozart’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Encounter the ‘Swedish Mozart’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Jerusalem Quartet

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7:30 pm
Tue 24 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Nov 2020
classical music
Alexandra Dariescu joins one of the great quartets of our time to perform music of unbridled emotion
Alexandra Dariescu joins one of the great quartets of our time to perform music of unbridled emotion
Young choir performing
7:00 pm
Wed 25 Nov 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 25 Nov 2020
classical music
The school’s young musicians perform crowd-pleasing pieces by Rachmaninov and Britten
The school’s young musicians perform crowd-pleasing pieces by Rachmaninov and Britten
Orchestra and conductor performing
7:00 pm
Thu 26 Nov 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 26 Nov 2020
classical music
It’s the 250th anniversary of the 14-year-old Mozart’s ambitious opera – hear it from The Mozartists
It’s the 250th anniversary of the 14-year-old Mozart’s ambitious opera – hear it from The...
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 29 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Nov 2020
classical music
Herbert Blomstedt joins the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its 75th birthday celebrations
Herbert Blomstedt joins the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its 75th birthday celebrations
 Isabelle Demers, organist

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7:30 pm
Mon 30 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 30 Nov 2020
classical music
Admire three different images of Bach the organist and Marcel Dupré’s most dazzling display piece
Admire three different images of Bach the organist and Marcel Dupré’s most dazzling display piece
Pierre-Laurent Aimard.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Tue 01 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 01 Dec 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Aimard, Queyras and Simpson open up Helmut Lachenmann’s jewel box of resonance, detail and gentility
Aimard, Queyras and Simpson open up Helmut Lachenmann’s jewel box of resonance, detail and...
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 02 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 02 Dec 2020
classical music
Witness a bold and personal take on the Beethoven anniversary from a master craftsman of the piano
Witness a bold and personal take on the Beethoven anniversary from a master craftsman of the piano
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
Messiah concert in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Dec 2020
classical music
350 voices join together in monumental harmony in Handel’s choral masterpiece
350 voices join together in monumental harmony in Handel’s choral masterpiece
BBC Concert Orchestra musicians
7:30 pm
Fri 04 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Dec 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The BBC Concert Orchestra’s winter mix-tape features a liner list of Bach, Pärt and Max Richter
The BBC Concert Orchestra’s winter mix-tape features a liner list of Bach, Pärt and Max Richter
Tabita Berglund, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 06 Dec 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 06 Dec 2020
classical music
Head north with the Philharmonia Orchestra for an afternoon of Scandinavian classics
Head north with the Philharmonia Orchestra for an afternoon of Scandinavian classics
Members of National Children's Orchesra
3:00 pm
Sun 06 Dec 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 06 Dec 2020
classical music
The young musicians embrace the drama of music by Dukas and Prokofiev
The young musicians embrace the drama of music by Dukas and Prokofiev
Alina Ibragimova

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7:00 pm
Tue 08 Dec 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 08 Dec 2020
classical music
Rally to music that challenged convention with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Rally to music that challenged convention with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Riccardo Muti, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 10 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 10 Dec 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia and its former Principal Conductor raise the roof
The Philharmonia and its former Principal Conductor raise the roof
The organ in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Sat 09 Jan 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 09 Jan 2021
classical music
Orchestra, choir and the ‘king of instruments’ perform essential classics
Orchestra, choir and the ‘king of instruments’ perform essential classics
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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7:00 pm
Wed 13 Jan 2021
7:00 pm | Wed 13 Jan 2021
classical music
Concert becomes game-show as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment takes on the best of Baroque
Concert becomes game-show as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment takes on the best of Baroque

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