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Classical Season 2017/18

23 Sep 2017 - 4 Jul 2018

Welcome to a new season of classical music at Southbank Centre. Visits from Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, are among the highlights of a rich and varied season.

In spring 2018 we re-open the refurbished and upgraded Queen Elizabeth Hall. We're celebrating with new music from Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and looking back at milestones in the venue's history with performances of Steve Reich's Different Trains and Schubert's Trout Quintet.

We're proud to announce pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as our newest Associate Artist. He has programmed Ligeti in Wonderland, a weekend of concerts and talks where you can step inside the adventurous world of this pioneering composer.

The Orgelbüchlein Project – a mission to complete Bach's set of organ miniatures, and two tasters from the Berliner Philharmoniker's tapas series – commissions under six minutes long, bring you brief encounters with the music of the 21st century.

Many of this year's concerts form part of two festivals: Belief and Beyond Belief explores what it means to be human in the 21st century, and Nordic Matters takes a look at what's happening in Nordic art, culture and society.

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Opera
Sun, 06/04/2017 - 09:38
The lighting designer explains the concept behind English National Opera's performance of The Dream of Gerontius
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

tomorrow

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Photo of the sculpture Gnome King by Kalle Mustonen

Free

Art
Various times, 5 Jul 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
See sculpture from a Finnish artist who reimagines modern culture in monumental and mythic terms
Still from Charwei Tsai: Hear Her Singing at Southbank Centre's Refugee Week

Free

Art
Various times, 19 Jun 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Encounter perspectives from women refugees in the UK

Free

Poetry
Literature
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Join The Poetry Library puppets, for short session of nursery rhymes
Printing Workshop part of Refugee Week at the Southbank Centre

Free

Art
Various times, 21 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Explore gift giving and social meaning through printmaking with refugees
Aerial Views of the Southbank Centre Food Market

Free

Various times, 23 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Southbank Centre Market is a food lover's perfect destination
Performers at Southbank Centre, for Harmonise: Refugee Week

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
1:00 pm, 23 Jun 2017
Witness an interactive, energetic and uplifting performance by refugee and local children
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland
Black and White image of The Palace Avenue Dixieland Band

Free

5:30 pm, 23 Jun 2017
Get swinging with this five-piece playing 1920s classics
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

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Photo of the sculpture Gnome King by Kalle Mustonen

Free

Art
Various times, 5 Jul 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
See sculpture from a Finnish artist who reimagines modern culture in monumental and mythic terms
Still from Charwei Tsai: Hear Her Singing at Southbank Centre's Refugee Week

Free

Art
Various times, 19 Jun 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Encounter perspectives from women refugees in the UK
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland
Aerial Views of the Southbank Centre Food Market

Free

Various times, 23 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Southbank Centre Market is a food lover's perfect destination
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
11:00 am, 24 Jun 2017
Explore refugees’ and migrants’ influence on Southbank Centre
Photo of Refugees Welcome

Free

Art
12:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Experience a work of art about welcoming refugees

Free

Art
12:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Take part in an afternoon of creative activity in celebration of Refugee Week
Printing Workshop part of Refugee Week at the Southbank Centre

Free

Art
Various times, 21 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Explore gift giving and social meaning through printmaking with refugees
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
Various times, 13 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Women Protesting

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
1:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Experience the power of song to bring communities together
Various times, 24 Sep 2016 - 24 Jun 2017
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Various times, 24 Sep 2016 - 24 Jun 2017
An introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra and playing techniques
Performance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Various times, 24 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Watch a play performed by ten young refugee men

highlights

14 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear 20th-century music that explores spirituality as part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival

Mitsuko Uchida credit Richard Avedon

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Mitsuko Uchida credit Richard Avedon
Portrait of Pianist, Mitsuko Uchida
28 Nov
Classical music
The great pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a series of Schubert's piano sonatas to London
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