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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A boy playing a piano
Various times
22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Commemorate the end of World War One at a concert of English song with bass-baritone Ashley Riches
Commemorate the end of World War One at a concert of English song with bass-baritone Ashley Riches
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
Gigs
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
Our Girl, music trio
7:45 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
Illustration of Matt Forde riding a rollercoaster with political figures
Various times
7 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019
Various times | 7 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019
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
Jo Brand, comedian
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Literature
Writers
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
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New Daughters of Africa
6:00 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
WOW launches Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent
WOW launches Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent
Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women's Equality Party
8:30 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
8:30 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer address soundbite culture in a messy world
Hear Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer address soundbite culture in a messy world
Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown
7:45 pm
Mon 11 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 11 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The dynamic Jacobson-Brown duo present an eclectic programme for piano duet and two pianos
The dynamic Jacobson-Brown duo present an eclectic programme for piano duet and two pianos
7:45 pm
Thu 14 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 14 Mar 2019
Performance & Dance
Believe the incredible at a lecture performance inspired by the moment AI beat human intelligence
Believe the incredible at a lecture performance inspired by the moment AI beat human intelligence
British Suzuki Celebration Concerts
Various times
Sun 17 Mar 2019
Various times | Sun 17 Mar 2019
Classical music
Performance & Dance
Hear young musicians make wonderful music at three concerts celebrating 40 years of the institute
Hear young musicians make wonderful music at three concerts celebrating 40 years of the institute
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
Phildel, pianist and songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 20 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 20 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The singer-songwriter performs haunting electronica and neo-classical tunes from her new album
The singer-songwriter performs haunting electronica and neo-classical tunes from her new album
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
Mahbanoo Ensemble
7:45 pm
Sun 24 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 24 Mar 2019
Gigs
Mark the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, with singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble
Mark the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, with singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble
Lewis Banks, saxophonist
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
From a Romantic sonata to a world premiere, hear an eclectic programme pairing saxophone and bassoon
From a Romantic sonata to a world premiere, hear an eclectic programme pairing saxophone and bassoon
7:45 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
From East London to Hollywood: a pianist and composer makes a debut that speaks to his rapid rise
From East London to Hollywood: a pianist and composer makes a debut that speaks to his rapid rise
Leifur James
7:45 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The multi-instrumentalist presents his debut album, rich with analogue synths and warm acoustics
The multi-instrumentalist presents his debut album, rich with analogue synths and warm acoustics
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
Electronic
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Kaleidoscope being performed on-stage
Various times
9 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019
Various times | 9 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019
Performance & Dance
Fill your little one’s world with colour at an immersive experience with mirrors, lights and sounds
Fill your little one’s world with colour at an immersive experience with mirrors, lights and...
Ill Considered, band
7:45 pm
Fri 12 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 12 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear vital jazz created in the moment, reacting to the mood of the audience and the sonics of the room
Hear vital jazz created in the moment, reacting to the mood of the audience and the sonics of the...
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
Writer, Hisham Matar
7:15 pm
Tue 16 Apr 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 16 Apr 2019
Art
Literature
Hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on the themes of his work, from memory and family to war and repair
Hear the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on the themes of his work, from memory and family to war and...
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Candice Carty-Williams, writer
7:45 pm
Wed 17 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 17 Apr 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The novelist behind funny and frank debut Queenie talks life, love, race and family with June Sarpong
The novelist behind funny and frank debut Queenie talks life, love, race and family with June...
Two pianos
7:45 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Witness two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time
Witness two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time
Steve Williamson, saxophonist and composer
7:45 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz talents StringTing
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz talents StringTing
Mela Guitar Quartet, classical guitar quartet
7:00 pm
Sun 05 May 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 05 May 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear effervescent classical guitar music from the quartet's new album, plus three world premieres
Hear effervescent classical guitar music from the quartet's new album, plus three world...
Robert Macfarlane
7:15 pm
Tue 07 May 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 07 May 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The author of The Lost Words takes us on a voyage into the Earth's underworlds with his new book
The author of The Lost Words takes us on a voyage into the Earth's underworlds with his new...
Barb Jungr, singer
7:45 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The cabaret vocalist turns her reinvention skills to exploring her relationship with Dylan and Brel
The cabaret vocalist turns her reinvention skills to exploring her relationship with Dylan and Brel
Photo showing a member of Sweet Little Mystery kneeling on the floor with her dress spread out around her
7:45 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the emotional power of Sarah Jane Morris’ magnificent soul voice interpreting John Martyn
Feel the emotional power of Sarah Jane Morris’ magnificent soul voice interpreting John Martyn
Michelle Gurevich, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Chanson with an edge: hear dark, intimate ballads from the singer-songwriter with Russian roots
Chanson with an edge: hear dark, intimate ballads from the singer-songwriter with Russian roots
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 16 May 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 16 May 2019
Literature
Poetry
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Inua Ellams and Rebecca Tamás share their work in the first of a new series
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Inua Ellams and Rebecca Tamás share their work in the first of a new series
Michael Price, composer and producer
7:45 pm
Sat 18 May 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 18 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear freshly created music in a performance by composer Michael Price and LCO
Hear freshly created music in a performance by composer Michael Price and LCO
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
Olga Tokarczuk at the Man Booker podium
7:45 pm
Mon 20 May 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 20 May 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join this year’s shortlisted authors and translators for an evening of readings and conversation
Join this year’s shortlisted authors and translators for an evening of readings and conversation
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
7:15 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:15 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted: the latest novel from the constantly evolving writer
Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted: the latest novel from the constantly evolving writer
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
Stimmung performance on stage
10:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
10:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
Classical music
Choral
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
Apartment House performing on stage
2:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Bypass the brain and experience the sound of pure intuition
Bypass the brain and experience the sound of pure intuition
Karen Armstrong, author
7:15 pm
Mon 03 Jun 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 03 Jun 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
The Boyd Duo, string duo
7:45 pm
Tue 04 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 04 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The brothers play passionate piano and cello works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms
The brothers play passionate piano and cello works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms
ArsLonga Piano Trio on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
A programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Smetana illuminates the rich diversity of the Romantic era
A programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Smetana illuminates the rich diversity of the Romantic era
Joy Lisney, musician
7:45 pm
Sat 08 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 08 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin
Sanjay Guha, sitar player
7:45 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
Classical music
Gigs
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
Literature
Poetry
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Young musician playing the saxophone
7:00 pm
Sun 30 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 30 Jun 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
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
Chamber & Recital
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
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
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
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
Literature
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
Gérard Pesson

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Ives Ensemble presents UK premières. Richard Rijnvos, composer
7:45 pm
Mon 28 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 28 Oct 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Enter the glistening soundworld of UK-based composer Richard Rijnvos, with the cutting-edge ensemble
Enter the glistening soundworld of UK-based composer Richard Rijnvos, with the cutting-edge ensemble
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Hatis Noit, musician
7:45 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Be the first to hear new music created by vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO at this performance
Be the first to hear new music created by vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO at this performance
Noriko Kawai, pianist

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:45 pm
Sun 19 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 19 Jan 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years
Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years
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Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 27 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 27 Jan 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Witness seven outstanding young artists competing for Trinity Laban's 2020 Gold Medal
Witness seven outstanding young artists competing for Trinity Laban's 2020 Gold Medal
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Jack Quartet & Colin Currie

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:45 pm
Sat 01 Feb 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 01 Feb 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear recent and new works from two champions of modern music
Hear recent and new works from two champions of modern music
On sale soon
 Feinstein Ensemble
7:45 pm
Thu 05 Mar 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 05 Mar 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Admire chamber works by two self-made greats of the Baroque, performed by the Feinstein Ensemble
Admire chamber works by two self-made greats of the Baroque, performed by the Feinstein Ensemble
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Various times
13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
Various times | 13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Face up to a modern-day tragedy in a documentary opera about the death of two Russian teenagers
Face up to a modern-day tragedy in a documentary opera about the death of two Russian teenagers
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Trio Sora Sitting Casual Holding String Instrument
7:45 pm
Sun 22 Mar 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 22 Mar 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear the latest ensemble of piano with strings to win the Parkhouse Award
Hear the latest ensemble of piano with strings to win the Parkhouse Award
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James Lisney, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 19 May 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 19 May 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
One of Britain’s finest interpreters of Viennese repertoire presents late masterworks for piano
One of Britain’s finest interpreters of Viennese repertoire presents late masterworks for piano
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Peter O'Hagan, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 09 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 09 Jun 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
On sale soon
Young girl playing the violin
7:00 pm
Sun 28 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 28 Jun 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Royal College of Music Junior Department presents outstanding young soloists and ensembles
The Royal College of Music Junior Department presents outstanding young soloists and ensembles
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Julian Jacobson, composer
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Jun 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Chopin’s Romanticism meets Ligeti’s abstract modernism with pianist Julian Jacobson
Chopin’s Romanticism meets Ligeti’s abstract modernism with pianist Julian Jacobson
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Daniel Wnukowski, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 07 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 07 Jul 2020
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Sample Brahms’ miniatures, HK Gruber’s dark humour and nostalgic Korngold
Sample Brahms’ miniatures, HK Gruber’s dark humour and nostalgic Korngold
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