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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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3:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
family & young people
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 23 Sep 2019
classical music
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Musical instruments in opened wrapping paper
7:30 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
What is the role of the modern orchestra in the 21st century? Delve deeper with BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service
What is the role of the modern orchestra in the 21st century? Delve deeper with BBC Radio 3...
Tones, Drones and Arpeggios at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Sep 2019
classical music
Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood's three ensembles
Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood's three ensembles
7:30 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
André de Ridder conducts music by two pioneering composers
André de Ridder conducts music by two pioneering composers
Yulianna Avdeeva, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 01 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 01 Oct 2019
classical music
A revelatory Russian pianist performs dreamy, fantastical music by Schumann and Beethoven
A revelatory Russian pianist performs dreamy, fantastical music by Schumann and Beethoven
Southbank Sinfonia musicians
11:30 am
Sat 05 Oct 2019
11:30 am | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
family & young people
Dive in to some of classical music’s greatest stories in a concert for children aged five to 11
Dive in to some of classical music’s greatest stories in a concert for children aged five to 11
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
7:30 pm
Sat 05 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
Beethoven’s choral masterpiece is given wings by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Beethoven’s choral masterpiece is given wings by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Alice Sara Ott, pianist
12:00 pm
Sun 06 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 06 Oct 2019
classical music
Take your seat for the first concert in HarrisonParrott's anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Take your seat for the first concert in HarrisonParrott's anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Pat Kopatchinskaja, violinist
3:30 pm
Sun 06 Oct 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 06 Oct 2019
classical music
Experience the second concert in HarrisonParrott's anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Experience the second concert in HarrisonParrott's anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
London Sinfonietta
7:30 pm
Tue 15 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 15 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The London Sinfonietta performs Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Five Lessons in Frame
The London Sinfonietta performs Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Five Lessons in Frame
Alisa Weilerstein, cellist

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7:30 pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Oct 2019
classical music
From sunny to soulful – enjoy the many moods of three great 19th and 20th-century string sextets
From sunny to soulful – enjoy the many moods of three great 19th and 20th-century string sextets
Deep∞Minimalism 2.0
3:30 pm
Sun 03 Nov 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 03 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
Steven Osborne, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 06 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th century
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th...
Chineke! Orchestra on stage
7:30 pm
Thu 07 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 07 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
A titanically intriguing story surrounds Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto
A titanically intriguing story surrounds Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto
Katherine Watson, soprano

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7:00 pm
Mon 11 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 11 Nov 2019
classical music
Lift your spirits with three Baroque masterpieces from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Lift your spirits with three Baroque masterpieces from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Celebrating the Academy at 60 Gala Concert. Orchestras Playing on Stage
7:30 pm
Tue 12 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 12 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell to mark the orchestra’s 60th anniversary
Join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell to mark the orchestra’s 60th...
Marius Neset: Viaduct
7:30 pm
Thu 21 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 21 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The dynamic jazz saxophonist and London Sinfonietta reunite for a new commission
The dynamic jazz saxophonist and London Sinfonietta reunite for a new commission
Matthew Barley, cellist
7:30 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
From Duke Ellington to a premiere by Misha Mullov-Abbado, the BBC Concert Orchestra jazzes things up
From Duke Ellington to a premiere by Misha Mullov-Abbado, the BBC Concert Orchestra jazzes things up
Behzod Abduraimov, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Enjoy the views as you encounter Chopin’s preludes and Mussorgsky’s innovative gallery promenade
Enjoy the views as you encounter Chopin’s preludes and Mussorgsky’s innovative gallery promenade
Alexis Ffrench, composer and pianist
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Leading the way for a new generation of classical artists, the pianist defies our preconceptions
Leading the way for a new generation of classical artists, the pianist defies our preconceptions
City of London Symphonia at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
3:00 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
classical music
literature & poetry
Four writers join City of London Sinfonia to retell stories from One Thousand and One Nights
Four writers join City of London Sinfonia to retell stories from One Thousand and One Nights
Hagen Quartet

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7:30 pm
Mon 02 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 02 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
It is hard to know what to admire most in the quartet’s playing (The New York Times)
It is hard to know what to admire most in the quartet’s playing (The New York Times)
Yevgeny Sudbin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 03 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 03 Dec 2019
classical music
‘A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement.’ (The Independent)
‘A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement.’ (The Independent)
Georg Friedrich Haas Responds to Bridget Riley
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The composer responds to a major visual art retrospective, with the London Sinfonietta
The composer responds to a major visual art retrospective, with the London Sinfonietta
Image of high-rise buildings
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Oh brave new world... The BBC Concert Orchestra shares a dystopic vision in a new Saxophone Concerto
Oh brave new world... The BBC Concert Orchestra shares a dystopic vision in a new Saxophone Concerto
National Children's Orchestras Winter Concert, young girls with violins
3:00 pm
Sun 08 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 08 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Pay homage to exceptional young musicians performing Mahler and Rimsky-Korsakov
Pay homage to exceptional young musicians performing Mahler and Rimsky-Korsakov
London Contemporary Orchestra – Rushes
7:30 pm
Fri 17 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 17 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
An art installation responds to the sound of the LCO playing Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece Rushes
An art installation responds to the sound of the LCO playing Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece...
London Sinfonietta
7:30 pm
Wed 22 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 22 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Look back at the music of the past 100 years with the London Sinfonietta
Look back at the music of the past 100 years with the London Sinfonietta
Beethoven: Symphonies No.2&3

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7:00 pm
Tue 28 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 28 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
The composer’s major-key masterpieces save the day with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The composer’s major-key masterpieces save the day with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Denis Kozhukhin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 29 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 29 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
A fantastical sonata, amusing impromptus and a moody waltz reflect ‘spellbinding’ artistry
A fantastical sonata, amusing impromptus and a moody waltz reflect ‘spellbinding’ artistry
The Big Blind
7:30 pm
Fri 31 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 31 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The BBC Concert Orchestra and an all-star cast present Guy Barker and Kurt Elling's jazz audio drama
The BBC Concert Orchestra and an all-star cast present Guy Barker and Kurt Elling's jazz audio...
Corinthian Orchestra Fantastique!
8:00 pm
Mon 03 Feb 2020
8:00 pm | Mon 03 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
Bewitching images abound in the Corinthian Orchestra’s performance of Berlioz’s dreamlike symphony
Bewitching images abound in the Corinthian Orchestra’s performance of Berlioz’s dreamlike...
Roman Rabinovich, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 11 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 11 Feb 2020
classical music
This musical homage to Pablo Picasso takes in Spain, Russian ballet and the world of a clown
This musical homage to Pablo Picasso takes in Spain, Russian ballet and the world of a clown
Musical Roots
11:30 am
Sat 22 Feb 2020
11:30 am | Sat 22 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Meet the animals on a musical adventure for ages three to seven, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Meet the animals on a musical adventure for ages three to seven, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Chineke! Orchestra
7:30 pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 23 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
An enchanting suite by Coleridge-Taylor leads into Beethoven’s gigantic Seventh Symphony
An enchanting suite by Coleridge-Taylor leads into Beethoven’s gigantic Seventh Symphony
Alexei Volodin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 26 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
Fairy tale atmosphere pervades an all-Russian musical evening
Fairy tale atmosphere pervades an all-Russian musical evening
Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 27 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 27 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
Passion and ambition come to the fore in chamber music by two great composers of the Romantic era
Passion and ambition come to the fore in chamber music by two great composers of the Romantic era
Bang On! at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Fri 28 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 28 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
New American music brings together Bang On a Can All-Stars and the BBC Concert Orchestra
New American music brings together Bang On a Can All-Stars and the BBC Concert Orchestra
7:30 pm
Mon 02 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 02 Mar 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Austria, Poland, Italy: oboe virtuoso François Leleux explores them all, in irresistible style
Austria, Poland, Italy: oboe virtuoso François Leleux explores them all, in irresistible style
Pierre-Laurent Aimard.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Tue 10 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 10 Mar 2020
classical music
classical music
Our artist in residence reveals Beethoven’s influence on the avant-garde
Our artist in residence reveals Beethoven’s influence on the avant-garde
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cellist

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7:30 pm
Sun 15 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 15 Mar 2020
classical music
Coming with a royal seal of approval, two cellists perform courtly and contemporary works
Coming with a royal seal of approval, two cellists perform courtly and contemporary works
Radio Rewrite Greenwood Glass and Reich
7:30 pm
Mon 16 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 16 Mar 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Rob Ames and City of London Sinfonia explore the blurred lines between classical and popular culture
Rob Ames and City of London Sinfonia explore the blurred lines between classical and popular...
7:30 pm
Wed 18 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 18 Mar 2020
classical music
Lewisham Choral Society presents the thrilling choruses and exquisite solos of a 400-year-old work
Lewisham Choral Society presents the thrilling choruses and exquisite solos of a 400-year-old work
Image of Earth
7:30 pm
Thu 19 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Mar 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Composers are inspired by the world beyond their cultural boundaries, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Composers are inspired by the world beyond their cultural boundaries, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
London Sinfonietta
7:30 pm
Tue 24 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Mar 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The London Sinfonietta recalls a century in music in the second concert in the series
The London Sinfonietta recalls a century in music in the second concert in the series

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7:00 pm
Wed 25 Mar 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 25 Mar 2020
classical music
Strike a dangerous musical pact with performers from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Strike a dangerous musical pact with performers from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Anne Sophie Mutter, violinist

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7:30 pm
Thu 26 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Mar 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
With members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the violinist plays Beethoven’s chamber music
With members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the violinist plays Beethoven’s chamber music
Sir John Tomlinson, English bass
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Mar 2020
classical music
classical music
Take the opportunity to hear an English performance of Pizzetti's opera based on TS Eliot’s play
Take the opportunity to hear an English performance of Pizzetti's opera based on TS Eliot’s...

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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

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