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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Photo portrait of the musician Masayoshi Fujita
7:30 pm
Sun 23 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 23 Sep 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Hear the Berlin-based composer and vibraphonist’s latest experimental sounds from his new album
Hear the Berlin-based composer and vibraphonist’s latest experimental sounds from his new album
Anish Kapoor, British sculptor
7:00 pm
Wed 26 Sep 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 26 Sep 2018
Art
Artists & Thinkers
Meet the artists behind Space Shifters at a panel celebrating the opening of the exhibition
Meet the artists behind Space Shifters at a panel celebrating the opening of the exhibition

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear two contemporary vocal works with connections to Schoenberg's masterpiece, Erwartung
Hear two contemporary vocal works with connections to Schoenberg's masterpiece, Erwartung
7:45 pm
Fri 28 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 28 Sep 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch the iconic vocalist live in concert as she marks her seventh decade of performance
Catch the iconic vocalist live in concert as she marks her seventh decade of performance
Sarathy Korwar with peacock feather over his eyes
7:45 pm
Sat 29 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 29 Sep 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz, hip-hop, Indian classical or electronics? Immerse yourself in a cross-cultural soundscape
Jazz, hip-hop, Indian classical or electronics? Immerse yourself in a cross-cultural soundscape
Various times
until 30 Sep 2018
Various times | until 30 Sep 2018
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
7:45 pm
Sun 30 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 30 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Ring in ten years of an innovative group with chamber favourites and a new piece by John Woolrich
Ring in ten years of an innovative group with chamber favourites and a new piece by John Woolrich
Yazz Ahmed, Bahraini-British musician
7:30 pm
Mon 01 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 01 Oct 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed presents an evening of psychedelic Arabic jazz
Trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed presents an evening of psychedelic Arabic jazz
Ssing Ssing, South Korean band
7:45 pm
Tue 02 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 02 Oct 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Give in to glitter at a live performance from the glam-rocking Korean band
Give in to glitter at a live performance from the glam-rocking Korean band
Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
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
Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution
Look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution
Emmy the Great, singer performing
7:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Gigs
Singer-songwriter Emmy the Great shares the story of a life-changing trip to China
Singer-songwriter Emmy the Great shares the story of a life-changing trip to China
Ken Cheng, comedian
9:30 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
9:30 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Comedian Ken Cheng shares the story of his unusual upbringing in the UK
Comedian Ken Cheng shares the story of his unusual upbringing in the UK
2:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
See calligraphy reimagined as hip-hop and contemporary dance in this piece about dissident artists
See calligraphy reimagined as hip-hop and contemporary dance in this piece about dissident artists
Fenella Humphreys, violinist
7:15 pm
Tue 09 Oct 2018
7:15 pm | Tue 09 Oct 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear a reimagining of Vivaldi’s classic, with violinist Fenella Humphreys and Covent Garden Sinfonia
Hear a reimagining of Vivaldi’s classic, with violinist Fenella Humphreys and Covent Garden...
8:00 pm
Wed 10 Oct 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 10 Oct 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Experience the progressive new album from this rising star of post-classical music
Experience the progressive new album from this rising star of post-classical music

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7:45 pm
Sat 13 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 13 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Nash Ensemble presents masterworks of the chamber music repertoire by Mozart, Brahms and Dvořák
The Nash Ensemble presents masterworks of the chamber music repertoire by Mozart, Brahms and...
Alexander Ardakov piano
4:00 pm
Sun 14 Oct 2018
4:00 pm | Sun 14 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Marking the Queen’s 92nd birthday with immortal romantic masterpieces and Beethoven
Marking the Queen’s 92nd birthday with immortal romantic masterpieces and Beethoven
Swedish Mezzo Soprano Ida Ränzlőv
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear an unusual blend of brass from A4 Brass Quartet plus emerging mezzo soprano Ida Ränzlöv
Hear an unusual blend of brass from A4 Brass Quartet plus emerging mezzo soprano Ida Ränzlöv
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Mariani Piano Quartet and pianist Huw Watkins perform new chamber music by Charlotte Bray.
The Mariani Piano Quartet and pianist Huw Watkins perform new chamber music by Charlotte Bray.
Olga Tokarczuk, Polish writer  - image credit Jacek Klodziejski
7:45 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Olga Tokarczuk launches her latest novel, an unconventional thriller with an eccentric sleuth
Olga Tokarczuk launches her latest novel, an unconventional thriller with an eccentric sleuth
Slay in your Lane
7:00 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Navigate the spaghetti junction of life and come out in front
Navigate the spaghetti junction of life and come out in front
Terrance Hayes & Sarah Churchwell on American Dreams

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12:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Examine the first 200 days of Trump's presidency and how America's history led to this moment
Examine the first 200 days of Trump's presidency and how America's history led to this...
Women Rewriting Homer: Madeline Miller & Sharlene Teo

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5:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
5:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between three writers who have interpreted his work
See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between three writers who have interpreted his...
6:30 pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018
6:30 pm | Sun 21 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
The writer, musician and singer tells the story of her life through narrative, music, song and dance
The writer, musician and singer tells the story of her life through narrative, music, song and dance
The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts
2:00 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
André Aciman: Enigma Variations
7:30 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Uncover the intrigues of the heart at a reading of the new novel by author André Aciman
Uncover the intrigues of the heart at a reading of the new novel by author André Aciman
And the Air Sang: 20 Years of Foyle Young Poets
7:00 pm
Tue 23 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Melvyn Bragg: A Life On Air
7:30 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Literature
In his time: The broadcaster reflects on the enduring appeal of In Our Time
In his time: The broadcaster reflects on the enduring appeal of In Our Time
M A Bennett, author
11:45 am
Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:45 am | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Look for the answers in literature at a talk from three of the young adult fiction world’s most exciting authors
Look for the answers in literature at a talk from three of the young adult fiction world’s most...
Nikita Gill, author
1:15 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
1:15 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Imagine a world where princes and princesses can be free at a talk on retelling folk and fairy tales
Imagine a world where princes and princesses can be free at a talk on retelling folk and fairy tales
Juno Dawson, author
3:00 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get under the skin of believable and flawed characters and reflect on how far YA fiction can go
Get under the skin of believable and flawed characters and reflect on how far YA fiction can go
Love in America with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
4:15 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
4:15 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Uncover the reality of living and loving in America today from the collaborative authors
Uncover the reality of living and loving in America today from the collaborative authors
Anita Barton Williams, writer
5:30 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Poets Anita Barton-Williams and Eleanor Penny share their work in the finale to Young Adult Lit Day
Poets Anita Barton-Williams and Eleanor Penny share their work in the finale to Young Adult Lit Day
Soraya Chemaly, author

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7:45 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get angry at a discussion on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny
Get angry at a discussion on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny
Karl Sharro
3:00 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join us for a panel discussion on the place and power of satire in troubled times
Join us for a panel discussion on the place and power of satire in troubled times
" Mohsin Hamid on Migration, Magic and Exit West"

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7:30 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Literature
From Ancient Greece onward, why have stories of migration captivated our imaginations?
From Ancient Greece onward, why have stories of migration captivated our imaginations?
Portrait of Sarah Gillespie
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Oct 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Learn why they call it the blues with the singer’s incisive lyrics and jazz-tinged tunes
Learn why they call it the blues with the singer’s incisive lyrics and jazz-tinged tunes
Iglooghost
7:45 pm
Tue 30 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 30 Oct 2018
Gigs
Electronic
The world according to Iglooghost: the electronic producer continues his story with two new EPs
The world according to Iglooghost: the electronic producer continues his story with two new EPs
Slow Moving Clouds, musical band
7:45 pm
Wed 31 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 31 Oct 2018
Gigs
Electronic
On their debut album, this atmospheric band combine Irish and Nordic folk influences
On their debut album, this atmospheric band combine Irish and Nordic folk influences
Handrail sculpture by Monika Sosnowska
7:00 pm
Thu 01 Nov 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 01 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Hear artists from our Space Shifters exhibition discuss how contemporary art relates to architecture
Hear artists from our Space Shifters exhibition discuss how contemporary art relates to architecture
U Rajesh, mMandolin player
7:45 pm
Fri 02 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 02 Nov 2018
Classical music
Hear the master of Carnatic mandolin accompanied by special guests on percussion
Hear the master of Carnatic mandolin accompanied by special guests on percussion
Ahn Sook-Sun, pansori singer
6:00 pm
Sat 03 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Sat 03 Nov 2018
Gigs
Talks & Topics
Uncover the power of pansori, Korea's narrative song tradition, through a legend of the genre
Uncover the power of pansori, Korea's narrative song tradition, through a legend of the genre
English Schools' Orchestra Gala Orchestra, young musicians playing
3:00 pm
Sun 04 Nov 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 04 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear young stars of the scene play classical music favourites in a chamber concert
Hear young stars of the scene play classical music favourites in a chamber concert
8:00 pm
Tue 06 Nov 2018
8:00 pm | Tue 06 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear the acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter perform his latest album
Hear the acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter perform his latest album
Various times
8 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018
Various times | 8 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
This is a dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public
This is a dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public
Various times
1 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
Various times | 1 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
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
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
7:00 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
7:00 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
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

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