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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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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
Kuhmo Chamber Music

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
States of Independence

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7:00 pm
Fri 31 May 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 31 May 2019
classical music
Rally around the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty
Rally around the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty
12:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
talks & debates
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Pierre-Laurent Aimard by piano

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7:30 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano music
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano...
Stimmung performance on stage
10:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
10:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
Apartment House performing on stage
2:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Bypass the brain and experience the sound of pure intuition
Bypass the brain and experience the sound of pure intuition

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5:00 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear transcendental, electronica-infused works by Stockhausen for percussion and two pianos
Hear transcendental, electronica-infused works by Stockhausen for percussion and two pianos

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the world premieres by three emerging UK composers
Hear the world premieres by three emerging UK composers
Nicola Benedetti, violinist

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7:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti interprets Bruch’s First Violin Concerto
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti interprets Bruch’s First Violin Concerto
The Boyd Duo, string duo
7:45 pm
Tue 04 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 04 Jun 2019
classical music
The brothers play passionate piano and cello works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms
The brothers play passionate piano and cello works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms
Music of the Spheres figure looking out to space
7:30 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear Aurora Orchestra explore celestial sounds in an eclectic programme featuring choreography and illustration
Hear Aurora Orchestra explore celestial sounds in an eclectic programme featuring choreography and...
ArsLonga Piano Trio performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
classical music
A programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Smetana illuminates the rich diversity of the Romantic era
A programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Smetana illuminates the rich diversity of the Romantic era
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
BBC Concert Orchestra continue their series of concerts inspired by colours
BBC Concert Orchestra continue their series of concerts inspired by colours
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
7:45 pm
Thu 06 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 06 Jun 2019
classical music
gigs
Be dazzled at an evening of South Indian music and dance following the National Indian Arts Awards
Be dazzled at an evening of South Indian music and dance following the National Indian Arts Awards
Joy Lisney, musician
7:45 pm
Sat 08 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 08 Jun 2019
classical music
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin
Howard Shelley, pianist and conductor
3:00 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
Reclaiming a genius: London Mozart Players and Howard Shelley celebrate Hummel, Mozart and Beethoven
Reclaiming a genius: London Mozart Players and Howard Shelley celebrate Hummel, Mozart and Beethoven

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
Man's relationship with power, choices and change is uncovered in a new commission by Siobhan Lamb
Man's relationship with power, choices and change is uncovered in a new commission by Siobhan...
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor and composer

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7:30 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, featuring theatrical works by Berg, Weill and Shostakovich
A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, featuring theatrical works by Berg, Weill and Shostakovich
Sanjay Guha, sitar player
7:45 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha

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7:30 pm
Tue 11 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 11 Jun 2019
classical music
Virtuosic pianist Denis Kozhukhin performs Brahms and Strauss
Virtuosic pianist Denis Kozhukhin performs Brahms and Strauss

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka
See screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka
7:30 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Chineke! bring their spirited approach to performing the great classics in this concert
Chineke! bring their spirited approach to performing the great classics in this concert
Film still from Metropolis

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7:30 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
tours & activities
Watch Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis accompanied live by Gottfried Huppertz's score
Watch Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis accompanied live by Gottfried Huppertz's...
Karol Samuelčík, classical guitarist
7:45 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
The classical guitarist spans the Atlantic with works from composers including Mertz and Piazzolla
The classical guitarist spans the Atlantic with works from composers including Mertz and Piazzolla
Adventure at Sea at Southbank Centre
2:30 pm
Sat 15 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 15 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Anchors aweigh for a musical voyage with CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson and the BBC Concert Orchestra
Anchors aweigh for a musical voyage with CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson and the BBC Concert Orchestra
Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor
7:30 pm
Tue 18 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 18 Jun 2019
classical music
Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts energetic symphonies by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn
Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts energetic symphonies by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn
Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, pianist
7:30 pm
Wed 26 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Jun 2019
classical music
The connoisseur’s pianist brings her delicate touch to works by Schumann and Brahms
The connoisseur’s pianist brings her delicate touch to works by Schumann and Brahms
Young musicians performing in Royal Festival Hall
7:00 pm
Thu 27 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 27 Jun 2019
classical music
Revel in the energy of Lewisham’s young people at an exuberant event showcasing their musical talents
Revel in the energy of Lewisham’s young people at an exuberant event showcasing their musical...
Christianne Stotijn, singer
7:30 pm
Fri 28 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 28 Jun 2019
classical music
The Bach Choir performs Beethoven with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Bach Choir performs Beethoven with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Young musicians performing on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 29 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 29 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Delight in a showcase of well-loved works performed by Trinity Laban’s talented young musicians
Delight in a showcase of well-loved works performed by Trinity Laban’s talented young musicians
Conductor, Oliver Zeffman
6:30 pm
Sun 30 Jun 2019
6:30 pm | Sun 30 Jun 2019
classical music
A concert performance of The Demon by Rubinstein
A concert performance of The Demon by Rubinstein
Young musician playing the saxophone
7:00 pm
Sun 30 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 30 Jun 2019
classical music
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Junior Department perform live
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Junior Department perform live
London Philharmonic Orchestra
7:30 pm
Mon 01 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 01 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The spotlight's on talented young musicians and composers in an exploration of cantus firmus chant
The spotlight's on talented young musicians and composers in an exploration of cantus firmus...
François Chaplin and Marcela Roggeri
7:45 pm
Mon 01 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 01 Jul 2019
classical music
Be transported to 1920s Paris at a concert of spirited piano works including Ravel, Satie and Gershwin
Be transported to 1920s Paris at a concert of spirited piano works including Ravel, Satie and...
Andrew Gourlay, conductor
7:30 pm
Tue 02 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 02 Jul 2019
classical music
Hear awe-inspiring works by Rachmaninov and Holst with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
Hear awe-inspiring works by Rachmaninov and Holst with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
Tarang, Indian music ensemble
7:45 pm
Thu 04 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 04 Jul 2019
classical music
gigs
From the roots of Indian classical music come rich, soulful original works
From the roots of Indian classical music come rich, soulful original works
London Concert Choir performing on stage
7:30 pm
Wed 10 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 10 Jul 2019
classical music
Music for gods and heroes: the London Concert Choir perform the ‘Nelson’ Mass and ‘Jupiter’ Symphony
Music for gods and heroes: the London Concert Choir perform the ‘Nelson’ Mass and ‘Jupiter’...
Still from Wolf Hall
7:45 pm
Sun 14 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 14 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Mithras Piano Trio
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Jul 2019
classical music
Small wonders: daring and dynamic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Grime and Shostakovich
Small wonders: daring and dynamic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Grime and Shostakovich
Luka Okros at the piano
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Jul 2019
classical music
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Sanjeev Abhyankar
7:45 pm
Wed 17 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 17 Jul 2019
classical music
gigs
The maestro from the Mewati gharana with an exceptionally sweet voice
The maestro from the Mewati gharana with an exceptionally sweet voice
Audience of children
7:00 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
classical music
Class acts: children from the south London primary school present music, song, dance and spoken word
Class acts: children from the south London primary school present music, song, dance and spoken word

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
classical music
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
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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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