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Classical Season

There’s nothing quite like experiencing a concert at Southbank Centre, the home of classical music.

Travel the world, delve into the mysteries of the universe or see your favourite films afresh in our 2016/17 Classical Music season. With over 200 concerts, from the intimate to the epic, you'll find plenty to entice you.

Our 2016/17 Classical Music Season encompasses a rich variety of performances from the world's best artists who travel to the heart of London to perform. 

  • Explore humanity’s search for meaning through music, art and debate at Belief and Beyond Belief, a year-long festival presented in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Watch cult and classic movies such as Hitchcock’s Psycho with live orchestral soundtracks in our Film Scores Live series.
  • Join Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as they delve into the music, from Beethoven to Boulez, that intrigues, touches and inspires them both, in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Inspirations series.
  • Discover the best 21st-century classical music in concerts from the London Sinfonietta.
  • Hear the likes of Bach and Berlioz performed on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Let the Colin Currie Group transport you to Ghana and Israel with performances of Steve Reich’s Drumming and Tehillim – part of our International Chamber Music Series.
  • Hear Sir Antonio Pappano conduct the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome, written for the same ensemble a century ago.

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Opera
Sun, 06/04/2017 - 09:38
The lighting designer explains the concept behind English National Opera's performance of The Dream of Gerontius
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:20
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Chamber & Recital
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:08
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:50
A closer look at Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain with the Royal Academy of Music's Head of Composition
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:52
Hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, and its political significance, from the composer
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:08
Listen to a specially created Spotify playlist, giving a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:55
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:18
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:20
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:43
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim

11 Sep 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 11 Sep 2017
Welcome to the essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to Indian classical music

23 Sep 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 23 Sep 2017
Sir Willard White, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Enescu’s powerful opera Oedipe

24 Sep 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
3:30 pm, 24 Sep 2017
Explore birdsong and man’s relationship with the natural world, in this Aurora Orchestra concert

25 Sep 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 25 Sep 2017
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? The OAE explores Judas and Christ’s last days
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 25 Sep 2017
Simon Johnson, the organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, performs music by Bach and Reubke

27 Sep 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 27 Sep 2017
Jan Vogler and the LPO perform Britten’s Symphony for cello & orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

28 Sep 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 28 Sep 2017
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Sibelius
Pekka Kuusisto

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
9:45 pm, 28 Sep 2017
Get a unique perspective on traditional Finnish music with these two performers

29 Sep 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 29 Sep 2017
See Sir Karl Jenkins conduct a superb concert of his own compositions. Part of RGL Great Composers and RGL Choral Masterpieces series

30 Sep 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 30 Sep 2017
Hear pianist Richard Goode play Mozart in this LPO concert, also featuring Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

1 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
3:00 pm, 1 Oct 2017
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia perform Mahler’s Third Symphony, an ode to nature

4 Oct 2017

Classical music
Gigs
8:00 pm, 4 Oct 2017
Witness a collaboration between Indian and British art forms in a festive gala

5 Oct 2017

Composer, Michael Daugherty

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:00 pm, 5 Oct 2017
Hear the music of Michael Daughtery in this free concert
Classical music
7:30 pm, 5 Oct 2017
The young French pianist, Bertrand Chamayou, makes his debut in our International Piano Series
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 5 Oct 2017
Denis Kozhukhin and the Philharmonia perform Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

6 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Oct 2017
Celebrate the very best film scores from two great 20th century composers. Part of the RGL Great Composers series.

8 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 8 Oct 2017
Hear the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Smetana’s Má vlast, dedicated to the city of Prague.

12 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 12 Oct 2017
The Philharmonia performs a live soundtrack to the masterpiece Battleship Potemkin

14 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 14 Oct 2017
Hear 20th-century music that explores spirituality as part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival

17 Oct 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 17 Oct 2017
Witness Alice Sara Ott's creative and distinctive presence at the piano

18 Oct 2017

Classical music
Opera
7:00 pm, 18 Oct 2017
The OAE performs Handel’s steamy, shocking opera Semele

19 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 19 Oct 2017
The Philharmonia performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical Scheherazade

21 Oct 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 21 Oct 2017
The LPO reveals another side to Rossini in this performance of his Stabat Mater

22 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
12:00 pm, 22 Oct 2017
Don’t miss the magical Gruffalo film sequel with live music by the LPO.

25 Oct 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 25 Oct 2017
Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the LPO present music of war and peace in this emotional concert

don't miss

31 Oct
Classical music
'A pianist of magisterial elegance.' (The New York Times)
10 Apr
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The London Contemporary Orchestra present Steve Reich’s <em>Different Trains</em> 30 years on
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