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Classical Season

Welcome to classical music at Southbank Centre.

We present close to 200 concerts a year alongside free events and more from the most exciting artists, conductors, orchestras and ensembles the world over.

In May we present the Berlin Philharmoniker’s final two UK concerts with Simon Rattle as chief conductor, and a recreation of a historic performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Benjamin Grosvenor.

Looking forwards, highlights of our 2018/19 season include two concerts from Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the first performances of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht in the UK since 1985 and Mitsuko Uchida performing two Mozart piano concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. There are recitals from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, Maurizio Pollini, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard; a festival of new music by international composers, featuring London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Aurora Orchestra and Claire Chase, plus the European premiere of Philip Glass’s tribute to the chameleon pop genius of David Bowie.

 

Explore all our concerts and series below. For downloadable, print-at-home listings, you can also use our 2018/19 Classical Guide.

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Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
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An in-depth interview with the celebrated French composer Philippe Schoeller
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Listen to a specially created Spotify playlist, giving a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
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