Purcell Room

The Purcell Room 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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Swedish Mezzo Soprano Ida Ränzlőv
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear an unusual blend of brass from A4 Brass Quartet plus emerging mezzo soprano Ida Ränzlöv
Hear an unusual blend of brass from A4 Brass Quartet plus emerging mezzo soprano Ida Ränzlöv
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Mariani Piano Quartet and pianist Huw Watkins perform new chamber music by Charlotte Bray.
The Mariani Piano Quartet and pianist Huw Watkins perform new chamber music by Charlotte Bray.
Olga Tokarczuk, Polish writer  - image credit Jacek Klodziejski
7:45 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Olga Tokarczuk launches her latest novel, an unconventional thriller with an eccentric sleuth
Olga Tokarczuk launches her latest novel, an unconventional thriller with an eccentric sleuth
Slay in your Lane
7:00 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Navigate the spaghetti junction of life and come out in front
Navigate the spaghetti junction of life and come out in front
Terrance Hayes & Sarah Churchwell on American Dreams

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12:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Examine the first 200 days of Trump's presidency and how America's history led to this moment
Examine the first 200 days of Trump's presidency and how America's history led to this...
Women Rewriting Homer: Madeline Miller & Sharlene Teo

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5:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
5:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between three writers who have interpreted his work
See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between three writers who have interpreted his...
6:30 pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018
6:30 pm | Sun 21 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
The writer, musician and singer tells the story of her life through narrative, music, song and dance
The writer, musician and singer tells the story of her life through narrative, music, song and dance
The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts
2:00 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
André Aciman: Enigma Variations
7:30 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Uncover the intrigues of the heart at a reading of the new novel by author André Aciman
Uncover the intrigues of the heart at a reading of the new novel by author André Aciman
And the Air Sang: 20 Years of Foyle Young Poets
7:00 pm
Tue 23 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Melvyn Bragg: A Life On Air
7:30 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Literature
In his time: The broadcaster reflects on the enduring appeal of In Our Time
In his time: The broadcaster reflects on the enduring appeal of In Our Time
M A Bennett, author
11:45 am
Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:45 am | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Look for the answers in literature at a talk from three of the young adult fiction world’s most exciting authors
Look for the answers in literature at a talk from three of the young adult fiction world’s most...
Nikita Gill, author
1:15 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
1:15 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Imagine a world where princes and princesses can be free at a talk on retelling folk and fairy tales
Imagine a world where princes and princesses can be free at a talk on retelling folk and fairy tales
Juno Dawson, author
3:00 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get under the skin of believable and flawed characters and reflect on how far YA fiction can go
Get under the skin of believable and flawed characters and reflect on how far YA fiction can go
Love in America with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
4:15 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
4:15 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Uncover the reality of living and loving in America today from the collaborative authors
Uncover the reality of living and loving in America today from the collaborative authors
Anita Barton Williams, writer
5:30 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Poets Anita Barton-Williams and Eleanor Penny share their work in the finale to Young Adult Lit Day
Poets Anita Barton-Williams and Eleanor Penny share their work in the finale to Young Adult Lit Day
Soraya Chemaly, author

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7:45 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get angry at a discussion on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny
Get angry at a discussion on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny
Karl Sharro
3:00 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join us for a panel discussion on the place and power of satire in troubled times
Join us for a panel discussion on the place and power of satire in troubled times
Portrait of Sarah Gillespie
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Oct 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Learn why they call it the blues with the singer’s incisive lyrics and jazz-tinged tunes
Learn why they call it the blues with the singer’s incisive lyrics and jazz-tinged tunes
Iglooghost
7:45 pm
Tue 30 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 30 Oct 2018
Gigs
Electronic
The world according to Iglooghost: the electronic producer continues his story with two new EPs
The world according to Iglooghost: the electronic producer continues his story with two new EPs

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