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Classical Season

There’s nothing quite like experiencing a concert at Southbank Centre, the home of classical music.

Travel the world, delve into the mysteries of the universe or see your favourite films afresh in our 2016/17 Classical Music season. With over 200 concerts, from the intimate to the epic, you'll find plenty to entice you.

Our 2016/17 Classical Music Season encompasses a rich variety of performances from the world's best artists who travel to the heart of London to perform. 

  • Explore humanity’s search for meaning through music, art and debate at Belief and Beyond Belief, a year-long festival presented in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Watch cult and classic movies such as Hitchcock’s Psycho with live orchestral soundtracks in our Film Scores Live series.
  • Join Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as they delve into the music, from Beethoven to Boulez, that intrigues, touches and inspires them both, in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Inspirations series.
  • Discover the best 21st-century classical music in concerts from the London Sinfonietta.
  • Hear the likes of Bach and Berlioz performed on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Let the Colin Currie Group transport you to Ghana and Israel with performances of Steve Reich’s Drumming and Tehillim – part of our International Chamber Music Series.
  • Hear Sir Antonio Pappano conduct the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome, written for the same ensemble a century ago.

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Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:20
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Chamber & Recital
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:08
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:50
A closer look at Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain with the Royal Academy of Music's Head of Composition
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:52
Hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, and its political significance, from the composer
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:08
Listen to a specially created Spotify playlist, giving a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:55
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music.
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:18
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:20
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:43
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 18:01
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making

tomorrow

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 25 May 2017
Beethoven's charming Op. 20 Septet is scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon and strings
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 25 May 2017
Herbert Blomstedt returns to the Philharmonia to conduct Beethoven's rhythmic Seventh Symphony

31 May 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 31 May 2017
Much-loved American pianist Richard Goode concludes this season's International Piano Series

1 Jun 2017

Photo of a double bass player to promote Philharmonia Orchestra: Young Artist Showcase at Southbank Centre

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 1 Jun 2017
Join us for a free concert showcasing the next generation of orchestral talent
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 1 Jun 2017
Hear works by Ligeti, Bartók and Mahler, featuring violist Lawrence Power

3 Jun 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 3 Jun 2017
The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus play music from great operas including Aïda and Carmen
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 3 Jun 2017
Hear Aurora Orchestra perform Brahms' First Symphony entirely from memory

4 Jun 2017

Harpist

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 4 Jun 2017
Hear the expressive range of the harp, as French Impressionism is juxtaposed with a protest piece
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 4 Jun 2017
The Philharmonia join conductor Jérémie Rhorer, two stellar soloists and a chorus for two Requiems

5 Jun 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 5 Jun 2017
Pianist Boris Berezovsky is lauded for his extraordinary technical accomplishments and poetic flair

6 Jun 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Jun 2017
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs dramatic works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Walton
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Jun 2017
The London Sinfonietta perform a programme of music by Nordic composers

8 Jun 2017

Portrait of Mei Yi Foo, Pianist

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:00 pm, 8 Jun 2017
London-based pianist Mei Yi Foo dazzles with exceptional virtuosity, musicianship and programming
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 8 Jun 2017
The brooding, dusky colours of Mozart's piano Concerto No.20 sit beside Schumann's Second Symphony

19 Jun 2017

Classical music
Performance
7:00 pm, 19 Jun 2017
Celebrate with this event showcasing the vocal talent of the children and young people in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

21 Jun 2017

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:00 pm, 21 Jun 2017
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Composers' Academy presents world premieres from emerging composers
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 21 Jun 2017
Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto acts as a beguiling prequel to Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony

22 Jun 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 22 Jun 2017
Royal Academy of Music students perform Mahler's monumental Second Symphony

23 Jun 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 23 Jun 2017
A cinematic masterpiece comes alive accompanied by the spine-tingling score performed live

24 Jun 2017

Classical music
Opera
12:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Discover how Alfred Hitchock used music to help create some of the most tense films ever made
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Organist David Briggs plays a live, improvised soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Lodger

25 Jun 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
3:00 pm, 25 Jun 2017
See Hitchcock's classic Vertigo with Bernard Herrmann's score played live

29 Jun 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 29 Jun 2017
The Bach Choir presents the world premiere of their new James MacMillan commission

2 Jul 2017

Classical music
Opera
7:30 pm, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
See the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra in a concert staging of Elgar's greatest choral work.

4 Jul 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 4 Jul 2017
Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra

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