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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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Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
The American civil rights advocate and leading scholar shares a few words
Hear what conductor Marin Alsop and participants had to about their experience of Southbank Centre's Women in Music Series in January 2017
Hear maestro Maurizio Pollini speak about his second Royal Festival Hall recital, coming up this March
Delve into the life, loves and music of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, and those of his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk
Listen to conductor Marin Alsop speak about working with Southbank Centre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Hear conductor Paavo Järvi talk about his upcoming concert, London audiences and his love of Japanese food
Conductor Paavo Järvi speaks to Maki Takemitsu about her father, the composer Toru Takemitsu
Ahead of the first of his London concerts, internationally renowned pianist Maurizio Pollini talks about the pieces he's chosen to play
Hear musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment talk about pitch ahead of their concert
Horn player Martin Lawrence of the OAE demonstrates some DIY instrument-making
Join the OAE on a musical adventure into uncertainty, scepticism and doubt, in their new season Visions, Illusions and Delusions

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