The Purcell Room is closed for restoration and is due to reopen in Spring 2018. The venue normally hosts music and performance events as well as a diverse talks & debates programme. 

Find out below about our Let the Light In project to renovate this amazing building and  bring both auditoria up to world-class standards so that we can continue to work with the finest established and emerging artists from around the world. You can also show your support!

While it's closed you can still check out the striking, Grade 2-listed sculpture Zemran on it's outdoor terrace, which was created by artist William Pye.

all events

Free

Free

Various times
10 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018
Various times | 10 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018
Journey behind the scenes in an immersive installation going behind the scenes of our 1960s buildings
Journey behind the scenes in an immersive installation going behind the scenes of our 1960s...
7:00 pm
Sun 29 Apr 2018
7:00 pm | Sun 29 Apr 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join ten of the UK’s finest poets to mark 50 years of our much-loved Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room
Join ten of the UK’s finest poets to mark 50 years of our much-loved Queen Elizabeth Hall and...
7:45 pm
Fri 04 May 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 04 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Contemporary Dance
A powerful solo dance performance, combining traditional Kathak dance with theatre, comedy and spoken word
A powerful solo dance performance, combining traditional Kathak dance with theatre, comedy and...
7:45 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join today’s leading feminist South Asian authors as they explore age-old questions in a modern-day context
Join today’s leading feminist South Asian authors as they explore age-old questions in a...
Goa august 2017
7:45 pm
Sun 06 May 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 06 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Contemporary Dance
A new work by two rising stars of the dance world, exploring our sense of place and purpose within the world
A new work by two rising stars of the dance world, exploring our sense of place and purpose within...
7:30 pm
Mon 07 May 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 07 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Comedy
A slick, smart, subversive stand-up show from top Muslim comedian Tez Ilyas
A slick, smart, subversive stand-up show from top Muslim comedian Tez Ilyas

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 12 May 2018
1:00 pm | Sat 12 May 2018
Classical music
Hear the set of eleven pieces for piano performed by Royal College of Music musicians
Hear the set of eleven pieces for piano performed by Royal College of Music musicians

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 13 May 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 13 May 2018
Classical music
Experts discuss Ligeti’s work with recorded examples
Experts discuss Ligeti’s work with recorded examples
7:45 pm
Mon 14 May 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 14 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Reiko Fujisawa performs Bach’s masterpiece alongside works by Haydn and Adès
Reiko Fujisawa performs Bach’s masterpiece alongside works by Haydn and Adès
7:45 pm
Tue 15 May 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 15 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Remember Debussy 100 years after his death, with singers Claire Booth and Susa Bickley
Remember Debussy 100 years after his death, with singers Claire Booth and Susa Bickley
7:45 pm
Thu 17 May 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 17 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The Cohen Ensemble returns to Southbank Centre with music on the themes of love and transformation
The Cohen Ensemble returns to Southbank Centre with music on the themes of love and transformation
7:45 pm
Mon 21 May 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 21 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear repertoire for eight hands at two pianos as Piano40 return to the London stage
Hear repertoire for eight hands at two pianos as Piano40 return to the London stage
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
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Jun 2018
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Witness a groundbreaking collaboration between Squarepusher and London Sinfonietta
Witness a groundbreaking collaboration between Squarepusher and London Sinfonietta
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
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.
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.
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Jul 2018
Dance & Performance
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
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.
2:00 pm
Sun 16 Sep 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 16 Sep 2018
Classical music
Get all your pressing classical music questions answered in this interactive concert experience
Get all your pressing classical music questions answered in this interactive concert experience

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

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

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 Dvorák
The Nash Ensemble presents masterworks of the chamber music repertoire by Mozart, Brahms and Dvorák
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
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Mariani Piano Quartet join forces with pianist Huw Watkins and the Ducasse Trio
The Mariani Piano Quartet join forces with pianist Huw Watkins and the Ducasse Trio

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
7:45 pm
Mon 26 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 26 Nov 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Trio Sora play piano trios by Beethoven and Schubert
Trio Sora play piano trios by Beethoven and Schubert
7:45 pm
Fri 07 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 07 Dec 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
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

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
6:00 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...
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
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
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

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