Our 2016/17 Classical Music Season features a rich variety of performances for both seasoned concert-goers and first-time audiences. From our Resident Orchestras, star guests, new music and free concerts, Southbank Centre truly is the home of classical music in London.

Throughout the year, orchestras and ensembles bring music from around the world to Southbank Centre. Explore science and religion through music at our brand new festival, Belief and Beyond Belief and hear your favourite film soundtracks performed by amazing orchestras in our Film Scores Live series. There's plenty on offer for chamber music lovers, along with the International Piano Series concerts and the International Organ Series, which showcases the Royal Festival Hall organ.

Encompassing masterworks by legendary composers and experimental modern classics, the season has something to inspire, intrigue and amaze everyone who walks through our doors.

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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
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
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 18:01
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Contemporary Classical
Classical music
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 17:50
Discover the most unusual performance the composer and musician has been part of
Contemporary Classical
Classical music
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 15:11
Composer and musician Mica Levi shares the musical influences behind her score to Under the Skin
Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:54
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE

today

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 1 May 2017
One of the most popular choral works in the world, Brahms' Requiem is the perfect May Day treat

tomorrow

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 2 May 2017
Hear the Brandenburg Concertos, six Baroque masterpieces that need no introduction, at this concert

3 May 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 3 May 2017
Alexander Gavrylyuk makes his debut in the International Piano Series

4 May 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 4 May 2017
Hear works by Boulez and Debussy, including Aimard's interpretation of Fantasie

5 May 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 5 May 2017
The Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals perform music by Steve Reich

6 May 2017

audience members at a Pre-Concert Talk

Free

Classical music
6:15 pm, 6 May 2017
Dr Benjamin Walton leads a discussion on how Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 May 2017
Hear Beethoven's Ninth – not just another symphony, but an experience with the power to change lives

7 May 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 7 May 2017
Star pianists Tamara Stefanovich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard perform Bartók's Concerto

11 May 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 11 May 2017
The Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia returns after a sell-out appearance in 2014

13 May 2017

Classical music
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 13 May 2017
Take an in-depth look at Bartók's cruel and brilliant opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Classical music
Orchestra
2:30 pm, 13 May 2017
Swing back in time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the UK's greatest big bands
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 13 May 2017
Hear show-stopping hits from the world's best-loved musicals

19 May 2017

Classical music
Opera
7:30 pm, 19 May 2017
Myth, music and dance meet in this extravagant operatic show

23 May 2017

Classical music
Opera
5:00 pm, 23 May 2017
The Budapest Festival Orchestra presents Bartók's dark opera, steeped in Hungarian folk tradition

25 May 2017

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 25 May 2017
Beethoven's charming Op. 20 Septet is scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon and strings
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 25 May 2017
Herbert Blomstedt returns to the Philharmonia to conduct Beethoven's rhythmic Seventh Symphony

31 May 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 31 May 2017
Much-loved American pianist Richard Goode concludes this season's <em>International Piano Series</em>

1 Jun 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 1 Jun 2017
Hear works by Ligeti, Bartók and Mahler, featuring violist Lawrence Power

3 Jun 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 3 Jun 2017
The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus play music from great operas including Aïda and Carmen
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 3 Jun 2017
Hear Aurora Orchestra perform Brahms' First Symphony entirely from memory

4 Jun 2017

Harpist

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 4 Jun 2017
Hear the expressive range of the harp, as French Impressionism is juxtaposed with a protest piece
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 4 Jun 2017
The Philharmonia join conductor Jérémie Rhorer, two stellar soloists and a chorus for two Requiems

5 Jun 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 5 Jun 2017
Pianist Boris Berezovsky is lauded for his extraordinary technical accomplishments and poetic flair

6 Jun 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Jun 2017
The London Sinfonietta perform a programme of music by Nordic composers
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Jun 2017
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs dramatic works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Walton

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Hear Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky speak about his upcoming Royal Festival Hall recital and what he likes about London
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Hear conductor Paavo Järvi talk about his upcoming concert, London audiences and his love of Japanese food

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