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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading venue located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,700 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Illustrations of astronauts in space
Various times
Sun 17 Nov 2019
Various times | Sun 17 Nov 2019
family & young people
Find the first footprint on the moon in a jazz and funk-fuelled family adventure
Find the first footprint on the moon in a jazz and funk-fuelled family adventure
Sold out
BBC Radio 3's J to Z at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
BBC Radio 3’s jazz programme presents the best in jazz past, present and future
BBC Radio 3’s jazz programme presents the best in jazz past, present and future
Numb Mob at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
6:30 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
electronic
Uncover the mysterious and oddly beautiful side of Hull with the avant-garde electronic duo
Uncover the mysterious and oddly beautiful side of Hull with the avant-garde electronic duo
 Jan Garbarek Group
8:00 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
8:00 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Meet the man said to set the tone of European jazz
Meet the man said to set the tone of European jazz
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
30 Sep 2019 - 9 Dec 2019
Various times | 30 Sep 2019 - 9 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 14 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to explore gamelan and poetry in a series of free workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
Various times | 17 Sep 2019 - 18 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Dave Gorman, comedian
7:30 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Dave Gorman is back with his latest live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Dave Gorman is back with his latest live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint...
Leonardo Boix, poet
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Meet the lauded and vibrant voices of British Latinx writers at this discussion and reading
Meet the lauded and vibrant voices of British Latinx writers at this discussion and reading
Adults playing Gamelan
Various times
2 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
Various times | 2 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
7:30 pm
Wed 20 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 20 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
What if a stellar cast of musicians from the UK’s booming jazz scene united for a night full of surprises?
What if a stellar cast of musicians from the UK’s booming jazz scene united for a night full of...
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
Various times | 3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Thomas Zehtmaier, violin

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7:30 pm
Thu 21 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 21 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto unfold with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto unfold with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
Various times | 3 Oct 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Glasshopper, band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 22 Nov 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 22 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Moments of sonic bliss and euphoric rock-outs are intricately woven together by this young jazz trio
Moments of sonic bliss and euphoric rock-outs are intricately woven together by this young jazz trio
Various times
7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
7:30 pm
Fri 22 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 22 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
This Grammy Award-winning singer brings audiences to their feet with a voice that can’t be ignored
This Grammy Award-winning singer brings audiences to their feet with a voice that can’t be ignored
Various times
23 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 23 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
art & exhibitions
family & young people
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Jazzworks at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

11:30 am
Sat 23 Nov 2019
11:30 am | Sat 23 Nov 2019
How can young people best be empowered to develop their own voices and paths through music?
How can young people best be empowered to develop their own voices and paths through music?
Various times
21 Sep 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
Various times | 21 Sep 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Jazzworks panel at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
12:45 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Explore the current preventative tools and crisis services available to support the health of artists
Explore the current preventative tools and crisis services available to support the health of...
Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Join the poet and playwright for a masterclass to fine-tune your writing
Join the poet and playwright for a masterclass to fine-tune your writing
Sold out
Bromley Youth Music Trust

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Hear the young jazz players of the south London music hub let loose at a free concert
Hear the young jazz players of the south London music hub let loose at a free concert
Musicians playing at London Jazz Festival

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
A sonic amalgam taking in free jazz, spiritual sounds, roots and folkloric music inspired by Sun Ra Arkestra
A sonic amalgam taking in free jazz, spiritual sounds, roots and folkloric music inspired by Sun Ra...
A woman beatboxing

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
Turn your mouth into a kick drum, high hat and snare with beatboxing champion Bellatrix
Turn your mouth into a kick drum, high hat and snare with beatboxing champion Bellatrix
 Breaking The Silence

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Mark Remembrance month with a free concert of newly devised music based on forgotten stories of the First World War
Mark Remembrance month with a free concert of newly devised music based on forgotten stories of the...
Audeince members at talks

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
How far has the industry come in supporting artists of different genders and gender minorities?
How far has the industry come in supporting artists of different genders and gender minorities?
Jazz Saxophonist

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Swing along to classic big band music from both sides of the pond, plus new compositions
Swing along to classic big band music from both sides of the pond, plus new compositions
Various times
12 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
Various times | 12 Oct 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
tours & activities
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Tim Garland, saxophonist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The formidable saxophonist and musical polymath reprises his acclaimed jazz-rock album One in concert
The formidable saxophonist and musical polymath reprises his acclaimed jazz-rock album One in...
Calexico and Iron & Wine
7:30 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
New-folk combines with roots rock for a night of grand Americana
New-folk combines with roots rock for a night of grand Americana
Next Generation Takes Over at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 24 Nov 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 24 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Up the tempo with emerging artists on the final day of the EFG London Jazz Festival
Up the tempo with emerging artists on the final day of the EFG London Jazz Festival
Chrissie Hynde, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Sun 24 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 24 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
She can’t miss a beat: The Pretenders’ frontwoman presents tracks from her brand new jazz album
She can’t miss a beat: The Pretenders’ frontwoman presents tracks from her brand new jazz album
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Blow out the candles for the literary salon’s 12th birthday at an evening with the Queer As Folk screenwriter
Blow out the candles for the literary salon’s 12th birthday at an evening with the Queer As Folk...
Sold out
Malcolm Gladwell, journalist
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
5 Nov 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
Various times | 5 Nov 2019 - 11 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Talk Talk artwork
7:30 pm
Tue 26 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Nov 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The great musical innovators are honoured in a performance featuring musicians who worked with the band
The great musical innovators are honoured in a performance featuring musicians who worked with the...
Sold out
Bridget Riley, Paean (detail), 1973. Acrylic on canvas. 290.2 x 287.3 cm. © Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.
7:00 pm
Wed 27 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 27 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Join a diverse range of speakers for a discussion on abstraction in contemporary art
Join a diverse range of speakers for a discussion on abstraction in contemporary art
Participants of podcasting course

Free

Free

Various times
26 Sep 2019 - 27 Mar 2020
Various times | 26 Sep 2019 - 27 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Want to make your own podcast? Find out how on a free two-day course for ages 18 – 25
Want to make your own podcast? Find out how on a free two-day course for ages 18 – 25

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 28 Nov 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 28 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Discover the music of American composer Augusta Read Thomas with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Discover the music of American composer Augusta Read Thomas with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Violet Nights at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 28 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 28 Nov 2019
talks & debates
family & young people
How are black women who shave their heads depicted in the media and greeted at the barbershop?
How are black women who shave their heads depicted in the media and greeted at the barbershop?
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 28 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents Dvorák’s timeless classic
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents Dvorák’s timeless classic
Ella Janes, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 29 Nov 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 29 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
Folk musician Ella Janes follows in the footsteps of Françoise Hardy and Simon & Garfunkel
Folk musician Ella Janes follows in the footsteps of Françoise Hardy and Simon & Garfunkel
7:30 pm
Fri 29 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 29 Nov 2019
gigs
pop
Have the time of your life at a live concert of the golden decade’s unforgettable music
Have the time of your life at a live concert of the golden decade’s unforgettable music
1:30 pm
Sat 30 Nov 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 30 Nov 2019
classical music
courses & workshops
Take your choral singing to the next level at a workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary King
Take your choral singing to the next level at a workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary King
Peter Grimes at a dress rehearsal
7:00 pm
Sat 30 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 30 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Fall under the spell of a landmark British opera and hear Stuart Skelton’s definitive performance
Fall under the spell of a landmark British opera and hear Stuart Skelton’s definitive performance
View of outer space
3:00 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
Holst's planetary masterpiece crowns a repertoire of classics played by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Holst's planetary masterpiece crowns a repertoire of classics played by the Philharmonia...
Nadiya Hussain, baker and television presenter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The Bake Off winner celebrates the publication of her memoir in her own warm, honest and humorous way
The Bake Off winner celebrates the publication of her memoir in her own warm, honest and humorous...
Russell Watson, singer
8:00 pm
Tue 03 Dec 2019
8:00 pm | Tue 03 Dec 2019
classical music
The magic of the season comes to life at an evening of music and song in support of the NSPCC
The magic of the season comes to life at an evening of music and song in support of the NSPCC
7:30 pm
Wed 04 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 04 Dec 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Grab the chance to hear Frank Zappa’s son perform the father of invention’s Hot Rats album live on stage
Grab the chance to hear Frank Zappa’s son perform the father of invention’s Hot Rats album live...
Rufus & Martha Wainwright, singer-songwriters
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
gigs
pop
Feel the holiday spirit at the Wainwright family party, held in tribute to Kate McGarrigle
Feel the holiday spirit at the Wainwright family party, held in tribute to Kate McGarrigle
1:30 pm
Sat 07 Dec 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 07 Dec 2019
classical music
courses & workshops
Start the festive season with a flourish at a singing workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary King
Start the festive season with a flourish at a singing workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary...
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 07 Dec 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 07 Dec 2019
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents 16 outstanding young musicians performing British music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents 16 outstanding young musicians performing British music
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Anthony Marwood, violinist

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7:30 pm
Sat 07 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 07 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Music for a ballet based on Blake is conjured by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Music for a ballet based on Blake is conjured by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 08 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 08 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
Worlds of passion and beauty are brought to life by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Worlds of passion and beauty are brought to life by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star and writer of Fleabag
7:45 pm
Sun 08 Dec 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 08 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Feeling bereft of the phenomenon that was Fleabag? Hear from the show's creator at a UK-exclusive talk
Feeling bereft of the phenomenon that was Fleabag? Hear from the show's creator at a...
Sold out
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Mon 09 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 09 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
The LGBTQ+ literary salon's sparkling seasonal finale, with the bestselling author of Then She Was Gone
The LGBTQ+ literary salon's sparkling seasonal finale, with the bestselling author of Then She...
Schools takeover at Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

10:30 am
Tue 10 Dec 2019
10:30 am | Tue 10 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Primary schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in peer-led activities
Primary schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in peer-led...
Kate Rusby, singer-song writer
7:30 pm
Tue 10 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 10 Dec 2019
gigs
folk & world
Hark! It’s a magical evening of festive Yorkshire songs and carols with the folk singer-songwriter
Hark! It’s a magical evening of festive Yorkshire songs and carols with the folk singer-songwriter

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 11 Dec 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 11 Dec 2019
performance & dance
dance
'Tis the season to sparkle on the dancefloor at our fun, fabulous and free social tea dance
'Tis the season to sparkle on the dancefloor at our fun, fabulous and free social tea dance
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 11 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 11 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11 is played with fervour by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11 is played with fervour by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Free

Free

11:00 am
Thu 12 Dec 2019
11:00 am | Thu 12 Dec 2019
Schools are invited to sing festive favourites with the accompaniment of our magnificent organ
Schools are invited to sing festive favourites with the accompaniment of our magnificent organ
Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Thu 12 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 12 Dec 2019
classical music
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Ben Walker

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 13 Dec 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 13 Dec 2019
gigs
The folk guitarist shows his passion for putting old jewels in new settings in a warm and whimsical set
The folk guitarist shows his passion for putting old jewels in new settings in a warm and whimsical...
Ralph McTell, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 13 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 13 Dec 2019
gigs
folk & world
The folk singer-songwriter brings his songs to life with virtuoso guitar picking and evocative stories
The folk singer-songwriter brings his songs to life with virtuoso guitar picking and evocative...
Christmas Carol Singalong at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sat 14 Dec 2019
Various times | Sat 14 Dec 2019
classical music
Deck the halls for a jolly afternoon of festive favourites with irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen
Deck the halls for a jolly afternoon of festive favourites with irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen
Alan Titchmarsh, television presenter
8:00 pm
Sat 14 Dec 2019
8:00 pm | Sat 14 Dec 2019
classical music
The presenter hosts a wonderful concert of festive classics and carols for all
The presenter hosts a wonderful concert of festive classics and carols for all
Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall
3:00 pm
Sun 15 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 15 Dec 2019
classical music
Get into the festive spirit with seasonal music from the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir
Get into the festive spirit with seasonal music from the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir
Christmas concert in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Sun 15 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 15 Dec 2019
classical music
Capture the true spirit of the season at a joyous concert of festive and traditional music
Capture the true spirit of the season at a joyous concert of festive and traditional music
Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Various times
19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Chiminyo, musical artist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 20 Dec 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 20 Dec 2019
gigs
Era-spanning dance-scapes feature ethereal arpeggios, thumping acid basslines and heavy beats
Era-spanning dance-scapes feature ethereal arpeggios, thumping acid basslines and heavy beats

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Tue 24 Dec 2019
12:00 pm | Tue 24 Dec 2019
family & young people
dance
Jump, jive and wail at a free festive dance class and party to start your holiday in style
Jump, jive and wail at a free festive dance class and party to start your holiday in style
Queer Tango at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 26 Dec 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 26 Dec 2019
performance & dance
dance
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 01 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Wed 01 Jan 2020
gigs
folk & world
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
Bridget Riley, Aria, 2012. © Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.
7:00 pm
Thu 09 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 09 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
US-based curator Lynne Cooke discusses Riley’s innovative practice
US-based curator Lynne Cooke discusses Riley’s innovative practice
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
11 Jan 2020 - 21 Mar 2020
Various times | 11 Jan 2020 - 21 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Dancers in the Johann Strauss Gala
2:30 pm
Sat 11 Jan 2020
2:30 pm | Sat 11 Jan 2020
classical music
Take a seat for a quintessentially Viennese experience in this gala event
Take a seat for a quintessentially Viennese experience in this gala event
OAE Tots at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sun 12 Jan 2020
Various times | Sun 12 Jan 2020
classical music
family & young people
The OAE’s interactive music-making session for ages two to five introduces Telemann’s noble steed
The OAE’s interactive music-making session for ages two to five introduces Telemann’s noble...
Headshot of  Jeremy Noel-Tod
2:00 pm
Sun 12 Jan 2020
2:00 pm | Sun 12 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
On the day of the TS Eliot Prize Readings, the poetry critic assesses this year's shortlist
On the day of the TS Eliot Prize Readings, the poetry critic assesses this year's shortlist
Portrait of Poet, TS Eliot
7:00 pm
Sun 12 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 12 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
Woman playing Gamelan
Various times
13 Jan 2020 - 23 Mar 2020
Various times | 13 Jan 2020 - 23 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
This spring, try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan with this beginners' course
This spring, try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan with this beginners' course
Workshop participants sat at a table
7:00 pm
Mon 13 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 13 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Poet Richard Scott helps you to apply your poetic skills to our art and artefacts in a six-session course
Poet Richard Scott helps you to apply your poetic skills to our art and artefacts in a six-session...
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
14 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
Various times | 14 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan
Adult group playing Gamelan
Various times
15 Jan 2020 - 25 Mar 2020
Various times | 15 Jan 2020 - 25 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Try your hand at playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra with this beginners' course
Ravi Shankar, sitarist

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7:30 pm
Wed 15 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 15 Jan 2020
classical music
gigs
Revel in Ravi Shankar’s only opera, brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Revel in Ravi Shankar’s only opera, brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
A man playing Gamelan
Various times
16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
Various times | 16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Philharmonia Orchestra on-stage

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7:30 pm
Thu 16 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 16 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Birthday celebrations begin for the Philharmonia Orchestra with a new horn concerto
Birthday celebrations begin for the Philharmonia Orchestra with a new horn concerto
Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
Various times | 16 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Installation of Jesse Wine The Whole Vibe of Everything

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 18 Jan 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 18 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
How do works of art actually get into a gallery space? What's it like to work with an artist?
How do works of art actually get into a gallery space? What's it like to work with an artist?
Stephane Degout, baritone

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7:30 pm
Sat 18 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 18 Jan 2020
classical music
Marvel at Fauré’s sublime choral-orchestral mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Marvel at Fauré’s sublime choral-orchestral mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 19 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 19 Jan 2020
classical music
Contemplate fresh musical horizons after the Second World War with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Contemplate fresh musical horizons after the Second World War with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Workshop participants
7:00 pm
Mon 20 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 20 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
literature & poetry
How can your writing tackle the climate crisis?
How can your writing tackle the climate crisis?
Sandi Toksvig, writer and broadcaster
7:30 pm
Thu 23 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 23 Jan 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The Bake Off host is back with her one-woman show, packed with tall stories and funny facts
The Bake Off host is back with her one-woman show, packed with tall stories and funny facts
Participants of a workshop
1:00 pm
Sat 25 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 25 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
By the metre: navigate the world of poetry at our monthly three-hour writing workshop
By the metre: navigate the world of poetry at our monthly three-hour writing workshop
Martin and Sherlie Kemp
7:30 pm
Sat 25 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 25 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
It's big, it's brassy, it’s the music of Broadway!
It's big, it's brassy, it’s the music of Broadway!
School children singing next to a piano
10:30 am
Wed 29 Jan 2020
10:30 am | Wed 29 Jan 2020
courses & workshops
Tune up at a day of interactive, artist-led music workshops for primary schools
Tune up at a day of interactive, artist-led music workshops for primary schools
IPS 2016/17/18
7:30 pm
Fri 31 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 31 Jan 2020
classical music
Enjoy two piano concertos, each with a story to tell, performed by Mozart’s greatest interpreter
Enjoy two piano concertos, each with a story to tell, performed by Mozart’s greatest interpreter
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
3:00 pm
Sat 01 Feb 2020
3:00 pm | Sat 01 Feb 2020
classical music
Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the third part of Wagner’s magnificent Ring Cycle
Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the third part of Wagner’s magnificent Ring Cycle
NieR orchestra on stage
Various times
Sun 02 Feb 2020
Various times | Sun 02 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Unearthly music from the cult video game is performed live in a European premiere
Unearthly music from the cult video game is performed live in a European premiere
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Gerard Brooks, organist

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7:30 pm
Mon 03 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 03 Feb 2020
classical music
You may be familiar with the Toccata of Widor’s Symphony No.5 - but the rest deserves repeating
You may be familiar with the Toccata of Widor’s Symphony No.5 - but the rest deserves repeating
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor

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7:30 pm
Tue 04 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 04 Feb 2020
classical music
Meditate on night skies full of wonder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Meditate on night skies full of wonder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Musicians, Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Feb 2020
gigs
folk & world
Today’s finest Celtic and Americana musicians revisit shared roots and forge new common ground
Today’s finest Celtic and Americana musicians revisit shared roots and forge new common ground
Cecelia Bruggemeyer, double bass

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7:00 pm
Fri 07 Feb 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 07 Feb 2020
classical music
Investigate Mozart’s last three symphonies with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Investigate Mozart’s last three symphonies with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Marco Blaauw, trumpeter

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7:30 pm
Sat 08 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 08 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Masterworks from 1801, 1901 and 2001 open the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Masterworks from 1801, 1901 and 2001 open the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 09 Feb 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 09 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
From Russia with love: Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in the country’s classics
From Russia with love: Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in the country’s...
Isabel Allende, author
7:00 pm
Sun 09 Feb 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 09 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
For the first time in 12 years, one of the most widely read novelists in the world visits the UK
For the first time in 12 years, one of the most widely read novelists in the world visits the UK
Chris Braide and Marc Almond, British songwriters
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Feb 2020
gigs
pop
The inimitable singer performs a selection of hits and material from new album Chaos and a Dancing Star
The inimitable singer performs a selection of hits and material from new album Chaos and a Dancing...

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