Let The Light In

Thanks to you, we’ve reached our goal and let the light in to Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

The incredible support of over 53,000 generous individuals and our partners Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund along with Trusts, Foundations and companies means that our 1960s arts venues have been restored ready for the next 50 years.

Hayward Gallery reopened on 25 January to much acclaim, and Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room followed suit on 9 April with The Observer commenting that these much loved concert halls are now 'glowing with renewed lustre’

...the Hayward Gallery has had a glorious rebirth
The Times

Through the campaign, the importance of these buildings has been recognised by artists, supporters and audiences sharing personal stories, career defining moments and life-changing experiences.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery have now been firmly reinstated as places for new work, new ideas and new artists. Without your support, this wouldn’t have been possible.

The artistic possibilities for the future are limitless. Thank you for the part you have played. We couldn’t have done it without you.

It’s not about donating to a building. It’s about making a real contribution to the cultural life of Britain for many decades to come.
Susan Gilchrist, Chairman of Southbank Centre Board of Governors

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Aleksandra Mir Presents the Pre-Presidential Library

Free

Free

Various times
until 4 Feb 2019
Various times | until 4 Feb 2019
Art
Artists & Thinkers
7 JAN – 4 FEB 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition featuring US tabloid coverage of Donald Trump, from 1986 to 2000
7 JAN – 4 FEB 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition featuring US tabloid coverage of Donald...
Irenosen Okojie, writer
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Jan 2019
Literature
Writers
Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story form is addictive to writers
Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story form is addictive to writers
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A scene from BACKUP, two women with polar bears
Various times
until 23 Jan 2019
Various times | until 23 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical theatre
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical...
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 28 Mar 2019
Various times | until 28 Mar 2019
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Kensington Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke
7:30 pm
Tue 22 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 22 Jan 2019
Classical music
Choral
Uncover vivid works by Korngold, Gershwin and Ravel with Kensington Symphony Orchestra
Uncover vivid works by Korngold, Gershwin and Ravel with Kensington Symphony Orchestra
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre on a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre on a guided Members’ tour
Alice Sara Ott 2016

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7:30 pm
Thu 24 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto and Sibelius’ First Symphony
Enjoy Ravel’s jazz-inspired Piano Concerto and Sibelius’ First Symphony
Thom Monckton, entertainer
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Shrimpy Stall at the Southbank Centre Food Market

Free

Free

Various times
25 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 25 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our market
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our market
Friday Lunch: Andy Davies

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 25 Jan 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 25 Jan 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Don’t miss this free performance by Ronnie Scott’s All Stars legendary trumpeter and his quartet
Don’t miss this free performance by Ronnie Scott’s All Stars legendary trumpeter and his quartet

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 25 Jan 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 25 Jan 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Get the weekend off to the best possible start at a free gig by this group of groove mongerers
Get the weekend off to the best possible start at a free gig by this group of groove mongerers
Various times
until 26 Jan 2019
Various times | until 26 Jan 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Ministry of Sound: Annual Classical 2019
7:30 pm
Sat 26 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 26 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Get euphoric at a collision of classical and dance music from Ministry of Sound
Get euphoric at a collision of classical and dance music from Ministry of Sound
Various times
until 31 Jan 2019
Various times | until 31 Jan 2019
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
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Various times
27 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 27 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
4:00 pm
Sun 27 Jan 2019
4:00 pm | Sun 27 Jan 2019
Classical music
Choral
The second part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle contains some of the most emotion-drenched music in all opera
The second part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle contains some of the most emotion-drenched music in all...
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Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 28 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Witness seven outstanding young musicians compete for Trinity Laban's Gold Medal 2019
Witness seven outstanding young musicians compete for Trinity Laban's Gold Medal 2019
 Julie Cohen holding an umbrella in a cemetery
7:30 pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 28 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
Orchestra performing on stage
7:30 pm
Tue 29 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 29 Jan 2019
Classical music
Opera
A fascinating survey of the musical scene across Europe 250 years ago
A fascinating survey of the musical scene across Europe 250 years ago
7:30 pm
Tue 29 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 29 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
Nobuyuki Tsujii, pianist and composer

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7:30 pm
Wed 30 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Nobuyuki Tsujii won the joint Gold Medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Nobuyuki Tsujii won the joint Gold Medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

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7:30 pm
Wed 30 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Jan 2019
Classical music
Henry Purcell turned the tragedy of Dido into what might be the first truly great opera in English
Henry Purcell turned the tragedy of Dido into what might be the first truly great opera in English
Two performers on stage as part of Lao Can Impression at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Wed 30 Jan 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 30 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Investigate the links between East and West in a performance based on the works of Debussy and Liu E
Investigate the links between East and West in a performance based on the works of Debussy and Liu E

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 31 Jan 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 31 Jan 2019
Groove to the beat of high-energy Latin and African percussion rhythms from 200 young musicians
Groove to the beat of high-energy Latin and African percussion rhythms from 200 young musicians
Stephanie Yeboah, journalist and blogger

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 31 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 31 Jan 2019
Talks & Topics
Society & Activism
Whose space is it anyway? Examine the politics of fatness in an age of body positivity
Whose space is it anyway? Examine the politics of fatness in an age of body positivity
Little Louie Vega Project
8:00 pm
Thu 31 Jan 2019
8:00 pm | Thu 31 Jan 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Get a hearty serving of E.O.L. Soulfrito from a band curated by the house music icon
Get a hearty serving of E.O.L. Soulfrito from a band curated by the house music icon
Tamas Teszary, drummer and vibraphone player

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 01 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 01 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
What in the world is nouveau-bop? Find out from the jazz vibraphonist and his quartet
What in the world is nouveau-bop? Find out from the jazz vibraphonist and his quartet
Ex-Easter Island Head, ensemble

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 01 Feb 2019
5:30 pm | Fri 01 Feb 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Music that mesmerises: repetitive, inventive works from the experimental musical collective
Music that mesmerises: repetitive, inventive works from the experimental musical collective
7:30 pm
Fri 01 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 01 Feb 2019
Classical music
Choral
Mozart’s choral masterpiece crowns a concert of his greatest works
Mozart’s choral masterpiece crowns a concert of his greatest works
New World Sounds: Music from the Americas, a view of exotic trees
7:45 pm
Fri 01 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 01 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Uncover musical gems with pianist Clélia Iruzun, Coull Quartet and double bass player Sarah Neil
Uncover musical gems with pianist Clélia Iruzun, Coull Quartet and double bass player Sarah Neil
Various times
2 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 2 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour

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7:30 pm
Sat 02 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 02 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Is the opening melody of Bruckner’s Seventh the most beautiful beginning in all music?
Is the opening melody of Bruckner’s Seventh the most beautiful beginning in all music?
Yulia Chaplina, pianist
7:45 pm
Sat 02 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 02 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Prokofiev’s characterful chamber music spanned pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet years
Prokofiev’s characterful chamber music spanned pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet years
Choir singing at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Choral
Do you sing in the shower? Try Elgar's masterpiece in a workshop with vocal coach Mary King
Do you sing in the shower? Try Elgar's masterpiece in a workshop with vocal coach Mary King
Various times
3 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
Various times | 3 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
6:00 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
Unavailable

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7:30 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Great Romanian pianist Radu Lupu makes a rare London appearance in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4
Great Romanian pianist Radu Lupu makes a rare London appearance in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4
Mieczysław Weinberg, composer
7:45 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Uncover the songs of the composer of opera The Passenger at a performance celebrating his centenary
Uncover the songs of the composer of opera The Passenger at a performance celebrating his centenary
Love and Duty

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7:00 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Be moved by songs from the heart with Magdalena Kozena
Be moved by songs from the heart with Magdalena Kozena
Leïla Slimani, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
7:30 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Join Corinthian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal for an evening of much-loved British treasures from the 20th century
Join Corinthian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal for an evening of much-loved British...
Schoolchildren holding ukuleles

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Tue 05 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 05 Feb 2019
Good things come in small packages at a concert of primary school student ukulele players
Good things come in small packages at a concert of primary school student ukulele players

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7:30 pm
Tue 05 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear the music of love stories and fairy tales, from Nicolai to Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov
Hear the music of love stories and fairy tales, from Nicolai to Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov
Marius Neset
8:30 pm
Tue 05 Feb 2019
8:30 pm | Tue 05 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
7:30 pm
Wed 06 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra continue their series of Mozart Piano Concertos
Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra continue their series of Mozart Piano Concertos

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7:30 pm
Thu 07 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 07 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös conducts the UK premiere of his spectacular new work Multiversum
Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös conducts the UK premiere of his spectacular new work Multiversum

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7:30 pm
Thu 07 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 07 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Beatrice Rana was named Best Newcomer at the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards
Beatrice Rana was named Best Newcomer at the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Thu 07 Feb 2019
9:30 pm | Thu 07 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Experience a sonic installation inspired by the UK premiere of Peter Eötvös's Multiversum
Experience a sonic installation inspired by the UK premiere of Peter Eötvös's Multiversum
Jaywalkers, Americana band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 08 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 08 Feb 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The acoustic trio brings their inventive brand of Americana to Friday Lunch
The acoustic trio brings their inventive brand of Americana to Friday Lunch

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7:30 pm
Fri 08 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 08 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
No British music is more thrilling than the opening of Elgar’s Second Symphony
No British music is more thrilling than the opening of Elgar’s Second Symphony
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Feb 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Feb 2019
Radio’s longest running live music programme returns to Queen Elizabeth Hall
Radio’s longest running live music programme returns to Queen Elizabeth Hall
2:30 pm
Sat 09 Feb 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 09 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Relive the magic moments of Burt Bacharach’s greatest hits
Relive the magic moments of Burt Bacharach’s greatest hits
Music from the Movies graphic
7:30 pm
Sat 09 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 09 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The glitz and glamour of Oscar-winning scores come to life
The glitz and glamour of Oscar-winning scores come to life
The Young'uns, folk trio performing on stage
Various times
Sat 09 Feb 2019
Various times | Sat 09 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
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7:00 pm
Sun 10 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 10 Feb 2019
Classical music
Choral
Hear Elgar’s finest choral work sung by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Hear Elgar’s finest choral work sung by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Photo portrait of composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, whose work is performed at Southbank Centre
7:15 pm
Sun 10 Feb 2019
7:15 pm | Sun 10 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Join us on a voyage through the cosmos with music from Bach, Stravinsky and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Join us on a voyage through the cosmos with music from Bach, Stravinsky and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
7:30 pm
Sun 10 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 10 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear imaginative new interpretations of Gershwin’s popular classics
Hear imaginative new interpretations of Gershwin’s popular classics
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 15 May 2019
Classical music
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Mon 11 Feb 2019
5:00 pm | Mon 11 Feb 2019
Classical music
United in music: young orchestral players from Southwark schools come together to create and perform
United in music: young orchestral players from Southwark schools come together to create and perform
Julie Fowlis
7:30 pm
Tue 12 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 12 Feb 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Seek nature’s enchantments in an evening of art and music from eight leading folk musicians
Seek nature’s enchantments in an evening of art and music from eight leading folk musicians

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