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Classical Season

There’s nothing quite like experiencing a concert at 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.
  • Experience Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony or Holst’s The Planets from among the musicians in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Virtual Orchestra installations.
  • 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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Classical music
Orchestra
3 Dec
John Wilson's handpicked orchestra of virtuoso players return to Royal Festival Hall

tomorrow

Dance
Classical music
4 Dec
Scenes from Tchaikovsky's opera of love and loss, accompanied by music from his best-loved ballets

6 Dec

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Orchestra
6 Dec
Works by Hans Abrahamsen and Simon Holt are performed along with a world premiere by Morgan Hayes

7 Dec

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Orchestra
7 Dec
Steven Isserlis performs Prokofiev's Cello Concerto at this all-Russian concert

8 Dec

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Orchestra
8 Dec
An evening of film music by the great British screen composer George Fenton

9 Dec

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Orchestra
9 Dec
Renowned Bach specialist and winner of the 2012 Bach Prize, conducts this piece over two concerts
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Choral
9 Dec
Handel's choral masterpiece is performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra

10 Dec

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Orchestra
10 Dec
Renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki conducts the <em>Christmas Oratorio</em> over two concerts

11 Dec

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Choral
11 Dec
Get in a festive mood with a selection of carols from the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir

14 Dec

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Orchestra
14 Dec
Intensity and romance feature at this concert of music by Glinka, Chopin and Rachmaninoff

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Royal Festival Hall Cushion

Cardboard Radio
Beethovens Missa Solemnis Recording

LPO Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

Crosley Record Player