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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Various times
until 24 May 2018
Various times | until 24 May 2018
Performance & Dance
Explore cross-cultural identity in this production by British-Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu
Explore cross-cultural identity in this production by British-Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu
Various times
26 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
Various times | 26 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
See this moving solo work centred around Shakespeare’s son, who inspired Hamlet
See this moving solo work centred around Shakespeare’s son, who inspired Hamlet
7:45 pm
Tue 29 May 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 29 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear world premieres of new works for string quartet.
Hear world premieres of new works for string quartet.
7:45 pm
Wed 30 May 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 30 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Be captivated by celebrated Spanish pianist Judith Jauregui.
Be captivated by celebrated Spanish pianist Judith Jauregui.
7:45 pm
Thu 31 May 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 31 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear the stars of tomorrow in this showcase of the College’s 2017 Gold Medal winners
Hear the stars of tomorrow in this showcase of the College’s 2017 Gold Medal winners
Sorry for suffering–You think I'm a puppy on a picnic? 1990

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 01 Jun 2018
6:00 pm | Fri 01 Jun 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Artist Lee Bul discusses her work and the influences behind her Hayward Gallery exhibition
Artist Lee Bul discusses her work and the influences behind her Hayward Gallery exhibition
Various times
4 Jun 2018 - 7 Jun 2018
Various times | 4 Jun 2018 - 7 Jun 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Inspired by the character of Dorian Gray, this show asks: who decides what is beautiful? Part of LIFT 2018
Inspired by the character of Dorian Gray, this show asks: who decides what is beautiful? Part of...
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Jun 2018
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
7:45 pm
Sat 09 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 09 Jun 2018
Classical music
Hear Telemann’s greatest chamber works, the Paris Quartets, juxtaposed with Bach’s trio sonatas in this concert.
Hear Telemann’s greatest chamber works, the Paris Quartets, juxtaposed with Bach’s trio sonatas...
7:45 pm
Sun 10 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 10 Jun 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear a mix of classic and contemporary pieces from Bach, de Falla, Ravel and more at this recital
Hear a mix of classic and contemporary pieces from Bach, de Falla, Ravel and more at this recital
7:45 pm
Thu 14 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 14 Jun 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Immerse yourself in a Carnatic concert featuring renowned veena artist, Jayanthi Kumaresh.
Immerse yourself in a Carnatic concert featuring renowned veena artist, Jayanthi Kumaresh.
7:45 pm
Fri 15 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 15 Jun 2018
Gigs
Listen to music made for the future with Italian trio JoyCut, in this show for Meltdown
Listen to music made for the future with Italian trio JoyCut, in this show for Meltdown
7:45 pm
Sat 16 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 16 Jun 2018
Gigs
The genre-melding Korean band perform their distinctive mix of folk, metal, and traditional music
The genre-melding Korean band perform their distinctive mix of folk, metal, and traditional music
7:45 pm
Sun 17 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 17 Jun 2018
Gigs
Be there as Loop reunites after many years to play their hypnotic space rock in this one-off show
Be there as Loop reunites after many years to play their hypnotic space rock in this one-off show
Sold out
7:45 pm
Mon 18 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 18 Jun 2018
Gigs
The singer-songwriter, guitarist and artist brings her raw and evocative sound to Meltdown
The singer-songwriter, guitarist and artist brings her raw and evocative sound to Meltdown
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Jun 2018
Gigs
Hear electronic rockers Vex Red as they play their debut album at this intimate gig, with support from Douglas Dare
Hear electronic rockers Vex Red as they play their debut album at this intimate gig, with support...
7:45 pm
Wed 20 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 20 Jun 2018
Gigs
Indulge in the synth-driven drone rock of this American duo at Robert Smith’s Meltdown
Indulge in the synth-driven drone rock of this American duo at Robert Smith’s Meltdown
7:45 pm
Thu 21 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 21 Jun 2018
Gigs
The Swedish experimental instrumentalists bring their hybrid soundscapes to Meltdown
The Swedish experimental instrumentalists bring their hybrid soundscapes to Meltdown
7:45 pm
Fri 22 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 22 Jun 2018
Gigs
The Welsh trio play an exciting set at Meltdown, with support from the dreamy indie pop of Kidsmoke
The Welsh trio play an exciting set at Meltdown, with support from the dreamy indie pop of Kidsmoke
Sold out
7:45 pm
Sat 23 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 23 Jun 2018
Gigs
Turn up and tune in to hear the dark jazz rhythms and poetic lyrics of these post-punk stalwarts
Turn up and tune in to hear the dark jazz rhythms and poetic lyrics of these post-punk stalwarts
6:30 pm
Sun 24 Jun 2018
6:30 pm | Sun 24 Jun 2018
Gigs
Hear the minimal wave sounds of post-punk auteur The Soft Moon
Hear the minimal wave sounds of post-punk auteur The Soft Moon
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Jun 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Talented young pianists perform works by Ravel, Liszt, Debussy, and more
Talented young pianists perform works by Ravel, Liszt, Debussy, and more
8:00 pm
Wed 27 Jun 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 27 Jun 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear the rhythms of South Indian Carnatic music fused with progressive rock
Hear the rhythms of South Indian Carnatic music fused with progressive rock
Various times
Sat 30 Jun 2018
Various times | Sat 30 Jun 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Introduce children to the wonder of the orchestra
Introduce children to the wonder of the orchestra
7:45 pm
Tue 03 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 03 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
See some of the exceptionally talented musicians enrolled at London conservatoires in this concert.
See some of the exceptionally talented musicians enrolled at London conservatoires in this concert.
8:00 pm
Wed 04 Jul 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 04 Jul 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear alt-folk singer Ana Silvera perform her BASCA-nominated song cycle
Hear alt-folk singer Ana Silvera perform her BASCA-nominated song cycle
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
An outlandishly funny multimedia adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
An outlandishly funny multimedia adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
8:00 pm
Fri 06 Jul 2018
8:00 pm | Fri 06 Jul 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Groove to this Yorubeat pioneer’s stand-out mix of Yoruba rhythms with jazz, pop, and funk
Groove to this Yorubeat pioneer’s stand-out mix of Yoruba rhythms with jazz, pop, and funk
Howard Jacobson headshot

Free

Free

10:30 am
Sat 07 Jul 2018
10:30 am | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
The Man Booker Prize winner delivers a keynote lecture on the necessity of the novel
The Man Booker Prize winner delivers a keynote lecture on the necessity of the novel
Hilary Mantel headshot

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Highly acclaimed author Hilary Mantel discusses her chart-topping novel Bring Up the Bodies
Highly acclaimed author Hilary Mantel discusses her chart-topping novel Bring Up the Bodies
Man Booker 50 headshots

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4:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
4:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Listen in as two renowned writers discuss family dynamics, memory and desire in literature
Listen in as two renowned writers discuss family dynamics, memory and desire in literature
Man Booker 50 headshots

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6:00 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
6:00 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Hear from the prize-winning author on the relationship between humour and suffering
Hear from the prize-winning author on the relationship between humour and suffering
Man Booker 50 headshots

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7:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
See Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai in conversation with her mother, award-winning writer Anita Desai
See Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai in conversation with her mother, award-winning writer Anita...
Man Booker 50 headshots

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11:30 am
Sun 08 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Hear four boundary-pushing writers discuss experimentation in fiction
Hear four boundary-pushing writers discuss experimentation in fiction
Kamila_Shamsie headshot

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2:30 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Rethink the world in this discussion of literature, belonging and identity
Rethink the world in this discussion of literature, belonging and identity
Man Booker 50 headshots

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5:30 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
5:30 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Explore the future of the novel in this literary debate
Explore the future of the novel in this literary debate
7:45 pm
Mon 09 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 09 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Revel in the sounds of Brazil with a performance by one of its finest guitarists and musicians
Revel in the sounds of Brazil with a performance by one of its finest guitarists and musicians
7:45 pm
Thu 12 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 12 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear Tarang’s new sound as they debut tracks from their new album.
Hear Tarang’s new sound as they debut tracks from their new album.
6:30 pm
Fri 13 Jul 2018
6:30 pm | Fri 13 Jul 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Jazz-fusion singer Carmen Souza connects with her Creole ancestors
Jazz-fusion singer Carmen Souza connects with her Creole ancestors
8:30 pm
Fri 13 Jul 2018
8:30 pm | Fri 13 Jul 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Let this orchestra’s rich repertoire transport you to Argentina with two rousing performances
Let this orchestra’s rich repertoire transport you to Argentina with two rousing performances
7:45 pm
Sat 14 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 14 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
The Braid Ensemble debuts emotionally charged vocal and instrumental works by composer David Braid
The Braid Ensemble debuts emotionally charged vocal and instrumental works by composer David Braid
7:45 pm
Sun 15 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 15 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Experience a rip-roaring jazz odyssey from Odessa to Cossack Russia and 1930s Paris
Experience a rip-roaring jazz odyssey from Odessa to Cossack Russia and 1930s Paris
7:30 pm
Mon 16 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 16 Jul 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear specially commissioned literary responses to our Lee Bul exhibition
Hear specially commissioned literary responses to our Lee Bul exhibition
7:45 pm
Tue 17 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 17 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Join The Tango Siempre septet for a retrospective of their tango repertoire
Join The Tango Siempre septet for a retrospective of their tango repertoire
7:45 pm
Wed 18 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 18 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Step into the spirit of Havana at this performance packed with new music by award-winning composers
Step into the spirit of Havana at this performance packed with new music by award-winning composers
7:30 pm
Thu 19 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Literature
Kick back and groove at this hip-hop and poetry-infused house party
Kick back and groove at this hip-hop and poetry-infused house party
7:45 pm
Fri 20 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 20 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Be the first to see the short film adaption of Nnedi Okorafor’s award-winning story
Be the first to see the short film adaption of Nnedi Okorafor’s award-winning story
Naatal Presents Africa Utopia Member's Salon 2016.26th August 2016.
11:30 am
Sat 21 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Join us for our festival-opening keynote, exploring this year’s theme of Pan-Africanism
Join us for our festival-opening keynote, exploring this year’s theme of Pan-Africanism
4:00 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
4:00 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Listen and learn as this panel considers what a truly united African continent might look like
Listen and learn as this panel considers what a truly united African continent might look like
8:00 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
8:00 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
The laughs return as the best comedians of the diaspora address the issues facing Africa
The laughs return as the best comedians of the diaspora address the issues facing Africa

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