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Purcell Room

The Purcell Room in Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment. With new improved facilities and acoustics, this intimate wood-panelled auditorium provides a platform for music and performance events, a variety of talks and debates, plus readings of classical and modern literature.

The world-renowned venue has played host to some of the biggest names of the 20th century and beyond, including David Bowie, Daniel Barenboim, Marianne Faithfull and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. 

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Gérard Pesson, composer

Free

Free

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
Sara Daneshpour, pianist
7:45 pm
Sun 10 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 10 Nov 2019
classical music
Hear the prize-winning pianist team up with Chineke! for her Southbank Centre debut
Hear the prize-winning pianist team up with Chineke! for her Southbank Centre debut
Orchesetra with conductor
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
classical music
The dynamic period instrument orchestra Wond’rous Machine explores characterful Mozart symphonies
The dynamic period instrument orchestra Wond’rous Machine explores characterful Mozart symphonies
London Contemporary Orchestra performance
3:00 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See behind the scenes as vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO create new music ahead of their performance
See behind the scenes as vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO create new music ahead of their performance
Fabrizio Paterlini, pianist
7:45 pm
Wed 11 Dec 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 11 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Soft clouds of ambient sounds: the Italian pianist performs reliably soothing music
Soft clouds of ambient sounds: the Italian pianist performs reliably soothing music
Noriko Kawai, pianist

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7:45 pm
Sun 19 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 19 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years
Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years
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
Luka Okros, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 28 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 28 Jan 2020
classical music
Effervescent, sublime, impassioned: Russian chamber music at its best
Effervescent, sublime, impassioned: Russian chamber music at its best

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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

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access

Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

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more about access & facilities

cloakroom

Our cloakroom opens around 60 minutes before the start of any show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It’s at the bottom of the stairs next to the Ticket Desk.

toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

getting here & parking

during your visit

We politely ask you help keep our foyers looking welcoming and presentable to everyone and to follow any requests from our Visitor Experience team. 

Our Concrete Cafe seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from the venue – nothing bought outside may be consumed in this area.

The cafe is a gadget and laptop free area. You are welcome to use your laptop, tablet, e-reader or other equivalent device in the rest of the foyer until 5pm. After this, our foyer is dedicated to fun and relaxatiom.

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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