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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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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
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...
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
7:45 pm
Wed 10 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 10 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy present the fruits of three days of intense training
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy present the fruits of three days of intense...
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
BBC Concert Orchestra
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...
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
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
Thomas Ades, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Witness the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s stunning astrological suite
Witness the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s stunning astrological suite
Gérard Pesson, composer

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6:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Ives Ensemble presents UK premières. Richard Rijnvos, composer
7:45 pm
Mon 28 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 28 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter the glistening soundworld of UK-based composer Richard Rijnvos, with the cutting-edge ensemble
Enter the glistening soundworld of UK-based composer Richard Rijnvos, with the cutting-edge ensemble
Deep∞Minimalism 2.0 illustration
4:00 pm
2 Nov 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
4:00 pm | 2 Nov 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The first day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
The first day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
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
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

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Free

6:00 pm
Thu 28 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 28 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Discover the music of American composer Augusta Read Thomas with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Discover the music of American composer Augusta Read Thomas with the Philharmonia Orchestra
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
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
Trish Clowes, saxophonist
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
Anthony Marwood, violinist

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7:30 pm
Sat 07 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 07 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Music for a ballet based on Blake is conjured by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Music for a ballet based on Blake is conjured by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
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
Philharmonia Orchestra on-stage

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7:30 pm
Thu 16 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 16 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Birthday celebrations begin for the Philharmonia Orchestra with a new horn concerto
Birthday celebrations begin for the Philharmonia Orchestra with a new horn concerto
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
Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 27 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 27 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Witness seven outstanding young artists competing for Trinity Laban's 2020 Gold Medal
Witness seven outstanding young artists competing for Trinity Laban's 2020 Gold Medal
Kurt Elling, singer
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...
Marco Blaauw, trumpeter

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7:30 pm
Sat 08 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 08 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Masterworks from 1801, 1901 and 2001 open the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Masterworks from 1801, 1901 and 2001 open the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 19 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 19 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Bold works from 1802, 1902 and 2002 continue the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Bold works from 1802, 1902 and 2002 continue the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision...
BBC Concert Orchestra
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

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7:30 pm
Sat 22 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 22 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Inspiring works from 1803, 1903 and 2003 continue the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Inspiring works from 1803, 1903 and 2003 continue the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision...
Osmo Vanska, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 26 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Encounter imaginative works from 1804, 1904 and 2004 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Encounter imaginative works from 1804, 1904 and 2004 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020...
Bang on a Can All-Stars
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
Jeremy Denk, pianist

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7:30 pm
Fri 28 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 28 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Rebel discreetly with music from 1805, 1905 and 2005 from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Rebel discreetly with music from 1805, 1905 and 2005 from the London Philharmonic 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
George Benjamin, conducting George Benjamin: A Duet and a Dream

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7:30 pm
Thu 05 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Mar 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
One of Britain’s greatest living composers joins the Philharmonia Orchestra
One of Britain’s greatest living composers joins the Philharmonia Orchestra
Various times
13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
Various times | 13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Face up to a modern-day tragedy in a documentary opera about the death of two Russian teenagers
Face up to a modern-day tragedy in a documentary opera about the death of two Russian teenagers
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
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
Johannes Moser, cellist

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7:30 pm
Wed 25 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Mar 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Drink in works from 1806, 1906 and 2006 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Drink in works from 1806, 1906 and 2006 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision...
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
Nicolas Hodges, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 01 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 01 Apr 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Contemplate nature with music from 1808, 1908 and 2008 in the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Contemplate nature with music from 1808, 1908 and 2008 in the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020...
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 Vision
Sandy Cameron, violinist
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
Bach and the Cosmos: Bach Remixed at Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:30 pm
Tue 28 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 28 Apr 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
In 1920, Stravinsky blurs the lines between classical and popular culture with his Pulchinella
In 1920, Stravinsky blurs the lines between classical and popular culture with his Pulchinella
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
BBC Concert Orchestra with Bramwell Tovey
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
Is Edgard Varèse’s Amériques the most exciting musical achievement of the 20th century?
Is Edgard Varèse’s Amériques the most exciting musical achievement of the 20th century?
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
4:00 pm
Sun 10 May 2020
4:00 pm | Sun 10 May 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Penetrate the essence of sound with works by the radically inventive 20th-century composer
Penetrate the essence of sound with works by the radically inventive 20th-century composer
Aurora Orchestra Fallen Hero
7:30 pm
Sat 16 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 16 May 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Aurora Orchestra and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard trace the rise and fall of the hero
Aurora Orchestra and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard trace the rise and fall of the hero
Xian Zhang, conductor
7:30 pm
Mon 18 May 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 18 May 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
An English Chamber Orchestra debut for one of the 21st century’s most dynamic conductors
An English Chamber Orchestra debut for one of the 21st century’s most dynamic conductors
Musicians performing on stage

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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'...
Musicians playing on stage
7:00 pm
Mon 01 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 01 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize

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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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