Southbank Centre takes pride in challenging conventions and championing new thinking through its acclaimed festivals and series and the rich variety of performances by its internationally acclaimed Resident Orchestras.
Everything we do demonstrates the transformative power of arts and culture.
We address the link between creativity and mental health in a new festival, celebrate the women who have shaped experimental music, and showcase performers, composers and writers who have changed our cultural landscape forever.
This season also provides a platform for Indian classical musicians, some of whom have never travelled outside their own country, the first London performances of Opera North’s ground-breaking Ring cycle, and the greatest international orchestras, conductors and soloists of our time.
- The London Philharmonic Orchestra marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death
- The Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary and the music of Stravinsky
- The London Sinfonietta presents a special performance of Stockhausen’s Hymnen
- The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment celebrates its 30th anniversary
We have a special focus on opera re-imagined for the concert hall, including performances as part of the International Orchestra Series and culminating in Opera North’s critically acclaimed production of Wagner’s Ring in June 2016. This is the first live performance of Wagner's complete Ring cycle at Royal Festival Hall.
International Orchestra Series, International Piano Series, International Chamber Music Series and more
We continue to celebrate important anniversaries with a special concert marking 60 years since Daniel Barenboim first performed on the Royal Festival Hall stage. Our International Organ Series looks at both the history and future of this fascinating instrument. International Chamber Music Series celebrates the work of some fantastic female musicians including violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who takes us into Kurtág’s Kafka-inspired musical maze and explores the emotionally direct music of Galina Ustvolskaya. The world’s finest pianists come to London to perform in International Piano Series 2015/16, from venerable maestros such as Maurizio Pollini and Mitsuko Uchida to exciting emerging artists such as Denis Kozhukhin.
From September 2015 for two years we are refurbishing Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery to bring them up to a standard worthy of our artistic ambition. During the refurbishment we are delighted to be taking concerts from our classical season to St John’s Smith Square.
We have now announced full details of the 2016/17 Classical Season. Visit our Classical 2016/17 pages for more details.