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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Ino Moxo, snake projected on wall while a dancer performs
Various times
15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Nicholas Hlobo, artist
7:00 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
2:30 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Theatre without borders: the women’s theatre project between London and Lebanon
Theatre without borders: the women’s theatre project between London and Lebanon
Romesh Ranganathan, comedian
7:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Laughter unites us: an evening of new stand-up featuring comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds
Laughter unites us: an evening of new stand-up featuring comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds
Emilie Jacomet in The Upsidedown Man
7:45 pm
Sat 29 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 29 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
Young musician playing the saxophone
7:00 pm
Sun 30 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 30 Jun 2019
classical music
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Junior Department perform live
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Junior Department perform live
François Chaplin and Marcela Roggeri
7:45 pm
Mon 01 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 01 Jul 2019
classical music
Be transported to 1920s Paris at a concert of spirited piano works including Ravel, Satie and Gershwin
Be transported to 1920s Paris at a concert of spirited piano works including Ravel, Satie and...
Headshot of Ocean Vuong, American poet
7:15 pm
Tue 02 Jul 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 02 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary America
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary...
Maps, musician
7:45 pm
Wed 03 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 03 Jul 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear the impressionistic new album from the Mercury Prize-nominated artist behind We Can Create
Hear the impressionistic new album from the Mercury Prize-nominated artist behind We Can Create
Tarang, Indian music ensemble
7:45 pm
Thu 04 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 04 Jul 2019
classical music
gigs
From the roots of Indian classical music come rich, soulful original works
From the roots of Indian classical music come rich, soulful original works
Painting of a women in a mirror

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
365 Stories and Music, Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Musician on stage

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear a piece described as ‘a music of close whispers and myriad reflections’ by composer Edmund Finnis
Hear a piece described as ‘a music of close whispers and myriad reflections’ by composer Edmund...
9Bach, rock band

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Welsh-language band 9Bach present an atmospheric, genre-defying piece exploring miscommunication
Welsh-language band 9Bach present an atmospheric, genre-defying piece exploring miscommunication
New Music: Panopticon

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 07 Jul 2019
11:00 am | Sun 07 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha.
The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha.
Sam Eastmond, composer

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Sun 07 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 07 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Peer into radical Jewish culture through a British lens in a new commission for big band
Peer into radical Jewish culture through a British lens in a new commission for big band
Sona Jobarteh, holding a Kora

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Sun 07 Jul 2019
6:30 pm | Sun 07 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Sona Jobarteh composes music at the meeting point of the Western and African classical traditions
Sona Jobarteh composes music at the meeting point of the Western and African classical traditions
7:45 pm
Wed 10 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 10 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy present the fruits of three days of intense training
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy present the fruits of three days of intense...
7:00 pm
Fri 12 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 12 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender...
Jane Weaver, singer
7:45 pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 13 Jul 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Psychedelic synth-pop emerges from its cocoon on the singer-songwriter’s Loops in the Secret Society tour
Psychedelic synth-pop emerges from its cocoon on the singer-songwriter’s Loops in the Secret...
Still from Wolf Hall
7:45 pm
Sun 14 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 14 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Mithras Piano Trio
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Jul 2019
classical music
Small wonders: daring and dynamic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Grime and Shostakovich
Small wonders: daring and dynamic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Grime and Shostakovich
Luka Okros at the piano
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Jul 2019
classical music
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Sanjeev Abhyankar
7:45 pm
Wed 17 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 17 Jul 2019
classical music
gigs
The maestro from the Mewati gharana with an exceptionally sweet voice
The maestro from the Mewati gharana with an exceptionally sweet voice
Hot Sardines, band
7:45 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Steeped in hot jazz and gypsy swing, the Sardine sound recalls between-the-wars Paris via New Orleans
Steeped in hot jazz and gypsy swing, the Sardine sound recalls between-the-wars Paris via New...
Navadal Showcase South Asian Youth Dancers
5:30 pm
Sat 20 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | Sat 20 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Be dazzled by the rising stars of South Asian dance at a showcase from Akademi
Be dazzled by the rising stars of South Asian dance at a showcase from Akademi
U. Dance Young Creatives
2:30 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Where next for dance? The choreographers of tomorrow present imaginative new works
Where next for dance? The choreographers of tomorrow present imaginative new works
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
Ben Chatwin, composer and producer
7:45 pm
Thu 25 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 25 Jul 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
An evening of expansive music and visuals with live performances from CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow Palms
An evening of expansive music and visuals with live performances from CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow...

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