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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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Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
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
Discover the most unusual performance the composer and musician has been part of
Composer and musician Mica Levi shares the musical influences behind her score to Under the Skin
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
Award-winning journalist and black feminist Reni writes about class, race, gender and social justice
Hear what conductor Marin Alsop and participants had to about their experience of Southbank Centre's Women in Music Series in January 2017
Hear conductor Paavo Järvi talk about his upcoming concert, London audiences and his love of Japanese food
Milanese keyboard wizard Ottavio Dantone on the parallels between music and football
Christian Blackshaw talks in depth about his love for Schumann and Schubert

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