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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The Singing Mermaid, drawing of  a mermaid
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Speak into Your Power book illustration
1:00 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself?
You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself?
Jeremy Strong, writer
1:00 pm
Tue 19 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles from his latest children's story
Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles from his latest children's...
Under embargo until 13:45 7th June...Pictured at Hull City Hall is the presentation of the new Tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate. Shown is Lauren Child, the new laureate and the medal she has been awarded. Pictures copyright Darren Casey / DCimaging
1:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
The mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
Photo of beatboxer Shlomo in action. He brings his Beatbox Adventure for Kids to Southbank Centre's Imagine festival in 2019
Various times
Thu 21 Feb 2019
Various times | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds for all the family
Become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds for all the family
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
6:30 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
6:30 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Find out what’s in store during our new season of classical music at a Members’ evening
Find out what’s in store during our new season of classical music at a Members’ evening
A boy playing a piano
Various times
22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Commemorate the end of World War One at a concert of English song with bass-baritone Ashley Riches
Commemorate the end of World War One at a concert of English song with bass-baritone Ashley Riches
Max Porter, author
7:30 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
A world-exclusive reading of the author's follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
A world-exclusive reading of the author's follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
Jean-Michel Blais , composer and pianist
7:45 pm
Sat 02 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 02 Mar 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get intimate with the expansive interior soundscapes of pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais
Get intimate with the expansive interior soundscapes of pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais
7:45 pm
Sun 03 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 03 Mar 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Experience a musical odyssey, from Cossack Russia through to Django Reinhardt's 1930s Paris
Experience a musical odyssey, from Cossack Russia through to Django Reinhardt's 1930s Paris
Our Girl, music trio
7:45 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
Illustration of Matt Forde riding a rollercoaster with political figures
Various times
7 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019
Various times | 7 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Say a final hilarious farewell to the EU with Britain’s leading political comedian
Say a final hilarious farewell to the EU with Britain’s leading political comedian
Jo Brand, comedian
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Literature
Writers
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
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New Daughters of Africa
6:00 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
WOW launches Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent
WOW launches Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent
Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women's Equality Party
8:30 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
8:30 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer address soundbite culture in a messy world
Hear Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer address soundbite culture in a messy world
Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown
7:45 pm
Mon 11 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 11 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The dynamic Jacobson-Brown duo present an eclectic programme for piano duet and two pianos
The dynamic Jacobson-Brown duo present an eclectic programme for piano duet and two pianos
Move 37 illustration
7:45 pm
Thu 14 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 14 Mar 2019
Performance & Dance
Believe the incredible at a lecture performance inspired by the moment AI beat human intelligence
Believe the incredible at a lecture performance inspired by the moment AI beat human intelligence
Valeria Luiselli, author
7:30 pm
Tue 19 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 19 Mar 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Lose yourself in the powerful new novel by the award-winning author of The Story of My Teeth
Lose yourself in the powerful new novel by the award-winning author of The Story of My Teeth
Phildel, pianist and songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 20 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 20 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The singer-songwriter performs haunting electronica and neo-classical tunes from her new album
The singer-songwriter performs haunting electronica and neo-classical tunes from her new album
Bedouine , Armenian singer -songwriter Azniv Korkejian
7:45 pm
Fri 22 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 22 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre
Mahbanoo Ensemble
7:45 pm
Sun 24 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 24 Mar 2019
Gigs
Mark the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, with singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble
Mark the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, with singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble
Lewis Banks, saxophonist
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
From a Romantic sonata to a world premiere, hear an eclectic programme pairing saxophone and bassoon
From a Romantic sonata to a world premiere, hear an eclectic programme pairing saxophone and bassoon
7:45 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
From East London to Hollywood: a pianist and composer makes a debut that speaks to his rapid rise
From East London to Hollywood: a pianist and composer makes a debut that speaks to his rapid rise
Leifur James
7:45 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The multi-instrumentalist presents his debut album, rich with analogue synths and warm acoustics
The multi-instrumentalist presents his debut album, rich with analogue synths and warm acoustics
7:00 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Enter a meditative world of microbending notes with this rudra veena contemporary musician
Enter a meditative world of microbending notes with this rudra veena contemporary musician
Kelly Moran, composer and pianist
7:45 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Kaleidoscope being performed on-stage
Various times
9 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019
Various times | 9 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Fill your little one’s world with colour at an immersive experience with mirrors, lights and sounds
Fill your little one’s world with colour at an immersive experience with mirrors, lights and...

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