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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Stick by Me at Southbank Centre
Various times
27 May 2019 - 28 May 2019
Various times | 27 May 2019 - 28 May 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Treasure the little things at a quirky show about friendship and play for ages 3 - 6
Treasure the little things at a quirky show about friendship and play for ages 3 - 6
Kieran Hodgson, comedian
8:00 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
8:00 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
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 & poetry
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
Sold out
12:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
talks & debates
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
contemporary classical
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 & poetry
talks & debates
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
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 performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
classical music
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
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
7:45 pm
Thu 06 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 06 Jun 2019
classical music
gigs
Be dazzled at an evening of South Indian music and dance following the National Indian Arts Awards
Be dazzled at an evening of South Indian music and dance following the National Indian Arts Awards
Joy Lisney, musician
7:45 pm
Sat 08 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 08 Jun 2019
classical music
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
contemporary classical
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
Karol Samuelčík, classical guitarist
7:45 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
The classical guitarist spans the Atlantic with works from composers including Mertz and Piazzolla
The classical guitarist spans the Atlantic with works from composers including Mertz and Piazzolla
Ino Moxo, snake projected on wall while a dancer performs
Various times
15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Nicholas Hlobo, artist
7:00 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
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
Staging Sisterhood
2:30 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Theatre without borders: the women’s theatre project between London and Lebanon
Theatre without borders: the women’s theatre project between London and Lebanon
Romesh Ranganathan, comedian
7:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Laughter unites us: an evening of new stand-up featuring comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds
Laughter unites us: an evening of new stand-up featuring comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds
Emilie Jacomet in The Upsidedown Man
7:45 pm
Sat 29 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 29 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
Young musician playing the saxophone
7:00 pm
Sun 30 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 30 Jun 2019
classical music
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
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 & poetry
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
Tarang, Indian music ensemble
7:45 pm
Thu 04 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 04 Jul 2019
classical music
gigs
From the roots of Indian classical music come rich, soulful original works
From the roots of Indian classical music come rich, soulful original works
Painting of a women in a mirror

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
Boys encounter ballet for the first time in a new 15-minute drama with dance, composed by Klein
365 Stories and Music, Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Musician on stage

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear a piece described as ‘a music of close whispers and myriad reflections’ by composer Edmund Finnis
Hear a piece described as ‘a music of close whispers and myriad reflections’ by composer Edmund...
9Bach, rock band

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Welsh-language band 9Bach present an atmospheric, genre-defying piece exploring miscommunication
Welsh-language band 9Bach present an atmospheric, genre-defying piece exploring miscommunication
New Music: Panopticon

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 07 Jul 2019
11:00 am | Sun 07 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha.
The cimbalom governs the string ensemble in a new work by David Fennessy, performed by Psappha.
Sam Eastmond, composer

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sun 07 Jul 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 07 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Peer into radical Jewish culture through a British lens in a new commission for big band
Peer into radical Jewish culture through a British lens in a new commission for big band
Sona Jobarteh, holding a Kora

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Sun 07 Jul 2019
6:30 pm | Sun 07 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Sona Jobarteh composes music at the meeting point of the Western and African classical traditions
Sona Jobarteh composes music at the meeting point of the Western and African classical traditions
7:45 pm
Wed 10 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 10 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy present the fruits of three days of intense training
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy present the fruits of three days of intense...
7:00 pm
Fri 12 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 12 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender...
Jane Weaver, singer
7:45 pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 13 Jul 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Psychedelic synth-pop emerges from its cocoon on the singer-songwriter’s Loops in the Secret Society tour
Psychedelic synth-pop emerges from its cocoon on the singer-songwriter’s Loops in the Secret...
Still from Wolf Hall
7:45 pm
Sun 14 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 14 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Hear the stunning score to the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel performed live
Mithras Piano Trio
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Jul 2019
classical music
Small wonders: daring and dynamic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Grime and Shostakovich
Small wonders: daring and dynamic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Grime and Shostakovich
Luka Okros at the piano
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Jul 2019
classical music
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Sanjeev Abhyankar
7:45 pm
Wed 17 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 17 Jul 2019
classical music
gigs
The maestro from the Mewati gharana with an exceptionally sweet voice
The maestro from the Mewati gharana with an exceptionally sweet voice
Hot Sardines, band
7:45 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Steeped in hot jazz and gypsy swing, the Sardine sound recalls between-the-wars Paris via New Orleans
Steeped in hot jazz and gypsy swing, the Sardine sound recalls between-the-wars Paris via New...
Navadal Showcase South Asian Youth Dancers
5:30 pm
Sat 20 Jul 2019
5:30 pm | Sat 20 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Be dazzled by the rising stars of South Asian dance at a showcase from Akademi
Be dazzled by the rising stars of South Asian dance at a showcase from Akademi
U. Dance Young Creatives
2:30 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
performance & dance
dance
Where next for dance? The choreographers of tomorrow present imaginative new works
Where next for dance? The choreographers of tomorrow present imaginative new works
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
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
Ben Chatwin, composer and producer
7:45 pm
Thu 25 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 25 Jul 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
An evening of expansive music and visuals with live performances from CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow Palms
An evening of expansive music and visuals with live performances from CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow...
LCO soloists
3:00 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
Get a glimpse of how music is made at an open session with producer Rival Consoles and LCO
Get a glimpse of how music is made at an open session with producer Rival Consoles and LCO
Ryan Lee West, known under the name Rival Consoles
7:45 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles and LCO in this performance
Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles and LCO in this performance
Tunday Akintan, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Looking for a rare Yoruful groove? Look no further than the saxophonist and his intoxicating rhythms
Looking for a rare Yoruful groove? Look no further than the saxophonist and his intoxicating rhythms
Dillon, singer
7:45 pm
Wed 02 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 02 Oct 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Eerie piano arrangements and electronic soundscapes from the singer-songwriter’s new EP
Eerie piano arrangements and electronic soundscapes from the singer-songwriter’s new EP
Reiko Fujisawa
7:45 pm
Sat 05 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
Pianist Reiko Fujisawa illuminates the life and work of Clara Schumann through music and words
Pianist Reiko Fujisawa illuminates the life and work of Clara Schumann through music and words
Gérard Pesson, composer

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
contemporary classical
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
Deep∞Minimalism 2.0 illustration
4:00 pm
Sat 02 Nov 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 02 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The first day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
The first day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
Trevor Watts, jazz musician
7:45 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
From the vanguard of British free improvisation, the avant-garde saxophonist presents his jazz quartet
From the vanguard of British free improvisation, the avant-garde saxophonist presents his jazz...
7:45 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Improvised jazz meets Baroque in a work for ensemble based on Picasso’s Guernica, here in its UK premiere
Improvised jazz meets Baroque in a work for ensemble based on Picasso’s Guernica, here in its UK...
Julia Hulsmann, jazz pianist and composer
2:30 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Mark 50 years of seminal jazz label ECM at a performance by the German pianist and her trio
Mark 50 years of seminal jazz label ECM at a performance by the German pianist and her trio
Lucia Cadotsch and band
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Find out how the Great American Songbook sounds with a retro-futurist twist from the Swiss jazz singer
Find out how the Great American Songbook sounds with a retro-futurist twist from the Swiss jazz...
Simon Fisher Turner, musician
7:45 pm
Wed 20 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 20 Nov 2019
gigs
electronic
Take an ambient sonic road trip with the alter ego of maverick composer and producer Pascal Gabriel
Take an ambient sonic road trip with the alter ego of maverick composer and producer Pascal Gabriel
Rowland Sutherland, flautist
7:45 pm
Sun 24 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 24 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
‘Time passes all too soon, how it rushes by’ - the flautist's jazz interpretation of the 1969 folk album
‘Time passes all too soon, how it rushes by’ - the flautist's jazz interpretation of the...
London Contemporary Orchestra performance
3:00 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
See behind the scenes as vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO create new music ahead of their performance
See behind the scenes as vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO create new music ahead of their performance
Hatis Noit, musician
7:45 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
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
 Ian Shaw & Claire Martin
7:45 pm
Sun 08 Dec 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 08 Dec 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Give humbug the heave-ho at a sparkling evening of seasonal classics from the jazz-singing duo
Give humbug the heave-ho at a sparkling evening of seasonal classics from the jazz-singing duo
Noriko Kawai, pianist

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7:45 pm
Sun 19 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 19 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
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
Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 27 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 27 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
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
Luka Okros, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 28 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 28 Jan 2020
classical music
Effervescent, sublime, impassioned: Russian chamber music at its best
Effervescent, sublime, impassioned: Russian chamber music at its best
Jack Quartet & Colin Currie

Multi-buy discount

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7:45 pm
Sat 01 Feb 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 01 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
Hear recent and new works from two champions of modern music
Hear recent and new works from two champions of modern music
 Feinstein Ensemble
7:45 pm
Thu 05 Mar 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 05 Mar 2020
classical music
classical music
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
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
HSKU 20140818 Esa-Pekka Salonen Helsingin musiikkitalolla. Kuva: Benjamin Suomela HS

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 19 Mar 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 19 Mar 2020
classical music
Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia's Principal Conductor, shares two compositions
Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia's Principal Conductor, shares two compositions
Trio Sora Sitting Casual Holding String Instrument
7:45 pm
Sun 22 Mar 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 22 Mar 2020
classical music
classical music
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
James Lisney, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 19 May 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 19 May 2020
classical music
classical music
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
Peter O'Hagan, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 09 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 09 Jun 2020
classical music
classical music
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen

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