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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7:45 pm
Wed 14 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 14 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
This performance uses dance to imagine a future where bodies have no purpose
This performance uses dance to imagine a future where bodies have no purpose

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Discover the music of composer Franco Donatoni, a contemporary of Luciano Berio
Discover the music of composer Franco Donatoni, a contemporary of Luciano Berio
Es Devlin, stage designer
8:00 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
8:00 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Artist-designer Es Devlin OBE responds to Space Shifters
Artist-designer Es Devlin OBE responds to Space Shifters
Unavailable
7:45 pm
Fri 16 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 16 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Instantly recognisable, the music of Empirical returns to the EGF London Jazz Festival
Instantly recognisable, the music of Empirical returns to the EGF London Jazz Festival
11:00 am
Sat 17 Nov 2018
11:00 am | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Travel from the Caribbean to the UK in an interactive musical adventure for children
Travel from the Caribbean to the UK in an interactive musical adventure for children
Judi Jackson, singer/songwriter
7:45 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch a glimpse of emerging jazz multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Judi Jackson
Catch a glimpse of emerging jazz multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Judi Jackson
 Australian Art Orchestra performance
7:45 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Those who came back: Music inspired by survivors of World War One, 100 years on from Armistice Day
Those who came back: Music inspired by survivors of World War One, 100 years on from Armistice Day
Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park
7:45 pm
Mon 19 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 19 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Traditional Korean instruments and rhythms meet jazz sensibilities and Western grooves
Traditional Korean instruments and rhythms meet jazz sensibilities and Western grooves
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7:45 pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Flautist and composer Eddie Parker and his ensemble take cues from Debussy in a new show
Flautist and composer Eddie Parker and his ensemble take cues from Debussy in a new show
Remo Anzovino, Italian musician and composer
7:45 pm
Wed 21 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 21 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Be there for the first-ever British concert of Italian composer and pianist Remo Anzovino
Be there for the first-ever British concert of Italian composer and pianist Remo Anzovino
Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra
7:45 pm
Thu 22 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 22 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Wish happy birthday to a musical powerhouse who’s played on through five decades of jazz
Wish happy birthday to a musical powerhouse who’s played on through five decades of jazz
Camilla George
7:45 pm
Fri 23 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 23 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
On the up and up: see two of of the British jazz scene’s rising stars perform live
On the up and up: see two of of the British jazz scene’s rising stars perform live
Sarah Jane Morris, singer
7:45 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear the powerful and passionate singer interpret revered folk-jazz songwriter John Martyn
Hear the powerful and passionate singer interpret revered folk-jazz songwriter John Martyn
Nella Rojas, Venezuelan singer
7:45 pm
Sun 25 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 25 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear the soulful, plaintive voice of the Venezuelan singer at her first London concert
Hear the soulful, plaintive voice of the Venezuelan singer at her first London concert
7:45 pm
Mon 26 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 26 Nov 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Trio Sōra play piano trios by Beethoven and Schubert
Trio Sōra play piano trios by Beethoven and Schubert
Illustration of Matt Forde riding a rollercoaster with political figures
Various times
1 Dec 2018 - 5 Dec 2018
Various times | 1 Dec 2018 - 5 Dec 2018
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
Federico Albanese, composer
7:45 pm
Sun 02 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 02 Dec 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Be swept away on waves of meditative sound by the Italian composer’s third album, By The Deep Sea
Be swept away on waves of meditative sound by the Italian composer’s third album, By The Deep Sea
Clara Rodriguez
7:45 pm
Mon 03 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 03 Dec 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Love, longing and friendship in an evening of classical music and literary readings
Love, longing and friendship in an evening of classical music and literary readings
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Dec 2018
Jazz & Blues
Gigs
The worlds of jazz and classical Indian music collide in a new musical venture
The worlds of jazz and classical Indian music collide in a new musical venture
Sapiens, three busts
7:45 pm
Fri 07 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 07 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Follow the links between musical composition and literature - and how each can inspire the other
Follow the links between musical composition and literature - and how each can inspire the other
7:45 pm
Sat 08 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 08 Dec 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Get in the festive spirit with a selection box of seasonal classics from the jazz-singing duo
Get in the festive spirit with a selection box of seasonal classics from the jazz-singing duo
Loscil, electonic/ambient musician
7:45 pm
Sun 09 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 09 Dec 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Float through the bleak beauty of Vancouver with experimental ambient music from Loscil
Float through the bleak beauty of Vancouver with experimental ambient music from Loscil
The cast of children standing in a line
Various times
11 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Various times | 11 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and excuses
Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and...
Maureen Lipman, actress, columnist, and comedian
Various times
17 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Various times | 17 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Join the new queen of Coronation Street for an evening of rave, rollick and rant
Join the new queen of Coronation Street for an evening of rave, rollick and rant
Musicians with double base, clarinet and harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Wed 16 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Wed 16 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Start your night with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Start your night with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
A woman with a harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Thursday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Thursday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
musicians with woodwind instruments

Free

Free

6:45 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
6:45 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Friday night continues with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Friday night continues with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Saturday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Saturday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Du Yun, composer
1:30 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The genre-defying artist unleashes her creativity on two of Asia’s oldest musical traditions
The genre-defying artist unleashes her creativity on two of Asia’s oldest musical traditions

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
8:00 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Take in gripping music by two composers who are fast becoming the leading lights of their generation, Dai Fujikura and Andrew Norman.
Take in gripping music by two composers who are fast becoming the leading lights of their...
A scene from BACKUP, two women with polar bears
Various times
21 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
Various times | 21 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical theatre
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical...
Thom Monckton, entertainer
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 28 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Witness seven outstanding young musicians compete for Trinity Laban's Gold Medal 2019
Witness seven outstanding young musicians compete for Trinity Laban's Gold Medal 2019
Mieczysław Weinberg, composer
7:45 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Uncover the songs of the composer of opera The Passenger at a performance celebrating his centenary
Uncover the songs of the composer of opera The Passenger at a performance celebrating his centenary
Leïla Slimani, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
Marius Neset
8:30 pm
Tue 05 Feb 2019
8:30 pm | Tue 05 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
The Young'uns, folk trio performing on stage
7:45 pm
Sat 09 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 09 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
Unavailable
Photo portrait of composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, whose work is performed at Southbank Centre
7:15 pm
Sun 10 Feb 2019
7:15 pm | Sun 10 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Join us on a voyage through the cosmos with music from Bach, Stravinsky and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Join us on a voyage through the cosmos with music from Bach, Stravinsky and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Alexander Gadjiev, pianist
7:45 pm
Wed 13 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 13 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
A piano recital pairing Bartók’s percussive Out of Doors with Prokofiev’s turbulent Sixth Sonata
A piano recital pairing Bartók’s percussive Out of Doors with Prokofiev’s turbulent Sixth...
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
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
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
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
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
Rock & Pop
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Amatis Piano Trio..Photo: Marco Borggreve
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The award-winning trio return after international success
The award-winning trio return after international success
7:00 pm
Sun 19 May 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 19 May 2019
Classical music
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Kieran Hodgson, comedian
8:00 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
8:00 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Uncover the tale of how Britain joined the EU on a comedy adventure through the 1970s
Uncover the tale of how Britain joined the EU on a comedy adventure through the 1970s
12:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
Classical music
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Luka Okros at the piano
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Jul 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist

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