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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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...
Sold out
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...
Yael Naim, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Sun 04 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 04 Aug 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Eleven years on from the runaway success of ‘New Soul’, hear irresistible folk-pop from the singer-songwriter
Eleven years on from the runaway success of ‘New Soul’, hear irresistible folk-pop from the...
anaïs, musician
7:45 pm
Mon 05 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 05 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Following in the footsteps of Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, the soul artist sings of freedom
Following in the footsteps of Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, the soul artist sings of...
Azekel, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
gigs
pop
Progressive R&B artist Azekel doesn’t linger on the standard love song
Progressive R&B artist Azekel doesn’t linger on the standard love song
Nakhane Toure, musician
7:45 pm
Fri 09 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 09 Aug 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Surrender to the ravishing voice of the rising pop star behind emotionally charged debut You Will Not Die
Surrender to the ravishing voice of the rising pop star behind emotionally charged debut You Will...
Radiant Children, band
7:45 pm
Sun 11 Aug 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 11 Aug 2019
gigs
Brimming with grit and gloss, the transatlantic trio effortlessly blends R&B, soul, funk and jazz
Brimming with grit and gloss, the transatlantic trio effortlessly blends R&B, soul, funk and...
Etgar Keret, writer
7:15 pm
Tue 03 Sep 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 03 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Hear from renowned short-story writer Etgar Keret as he presents a new collection, Fly Already
Hear from renowned short-story writer Etgar Keret as he presents a new collection, Fly Already
Ann Liebeck with musicians
7:45 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
A seductive introduction to the sultriest music of the early 20th century
A seductive introduction to the sultriest music of the early 20th century
Ancient Roots New Leaves
7:45 pm
Sun 08 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 08 Sep 2019
classical music
Preserving the ancient tradition of classical Persian music, Maestro Dariush Talai performs with young virtuosos
Preserving the ancient tradition of classical Persian music, Maestro Dariush Talai performs with...
Nathan Filer, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 09 Sep 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 09 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Hear from two award-winning writers as they challenge myths and misconceptions around patient care
Hear from two award-winning writers as they challenge myths and misconceptions around patient care
Gustav Mahler, composer
7:15 pm
Sun 22 Sep 2019
7:15 pm | Sun 22 Sep 2019
classical music
A rare chance to hear Mahler’s poignant masterwork in an intimate version for chamber orchestra
A rare chance to hear Mahler’s poignant masterwork in an intimate version for chamber orchestra
Sabrina Mahfouz, poet
7:45 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 23 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Join us for the launch of this anthology of working-class artists on art, life and making it happen
Join us for the launch of this anthology of working-class artists on art, life and making it happen
LCO soloists
3:00 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
Get a glimpse of how music is made at an open session with producer Rival Consoles and LCO
Get a glimpse of how music is made at an open session with producer Rival Consoles and LCO
Ryan Lee West, known under the name Rival Consoles
7:45 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles and LCO in this performance
Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles and LCO in this performance
Tunday Akintan, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Looking for a rare Yoruful groove? Look no further than the saxophonist and his intoxicating rhythms
Looking for a rare Yoruful groove? Look no further than the saxophonist and his intoxicating rhythms
Out-Spoken: September at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
gigs
literature & poetry
Kick off Out-Spoken’s Southbank Centre residency with a night of superlative poetry and live music
Kick off Out-Spoken’s Southbank Centre residency with a night of superlative poetry and live music

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