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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Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:20
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Chamber & Recital
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:08
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
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
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:55
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music.
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

tomorrow

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

1 Jun 2017

Photo of a double bass player to promote Philharmonia Orchestra: Young Artist Showcase at Southbank Centre

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 1 Jun 2017
Join us for a free concert showcasing the next generation of orchestral talent
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 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs dramatic works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Walton
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Jun 2017
The London Sinfonietta perform a programme of music by Nordic composers

8 Jun 2017

Portrait of Mei Yi Foo, Pianist

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:00 pm, 8 Jun 2017
London-based pianist Mei Yi Foo dazzles with exceptional virtuosity, musicianship and programming
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 8 Jun 2017
The brooding, dusky colours of Mozart's piano Concerto No.20 sit beside Schumann's Second Symphony

19 Jun 2017

Classical music
Performance
7:00 pm, 19 Jun 2017
Celebrate with this event showcasing the vocal talent of the children and young people in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

21 Jun 2017

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:00 pm, 21 Jun 2017
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Composers' Academy presents world premieres from emerging composers
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 21 Jun 2017
Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto acts as a beguiling prequel to Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony

22 Jun 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 22 Jun 2017
Royal Academy of Music students perform Mahler's monumental Second Symphony

23 Jun 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 23 Jun 2017
A cinematic masterpiece comes alive accompanied by the spine-tingling score performed live

24 Jun 2017

Classical music
Opera
12:00 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Discover how Alfred Hitchock used music to help create some of the most tense films ever made
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Organist David Briggs plays a live, improvised soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Lodger

25 Jun 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
3:00 pm, 25 Jun 2017
See Hitchcock's classic Vertigo with Bernard Herrmann's score played live

29 Jun 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 29 Jun 2017
The Bach Choir presents the world premiere of their new James MacMillan commission

1 Jul 2017

Classical music
Opera
7:30 pm, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
See the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra in a concert staging of Elgar's greatest choral work

2 Jul 2017

Classical music
Opera
7:30 pm, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
See the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra in a concert staging of Elgar's greatest choral work

4 Jul 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 4 Jul 2017
Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra

12 Jul 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 12 Jul 2017
Join us to hear five world premieres by Leverhulme Arts Scholars on the LPO Young Composers Programme

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23 May
Classical music
Opera
The Budapest Festival Orchestra presents Bartók's dark opera, steeped in Hungarian folk tradition
31 May
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Much-loved American pianist Richard Goode concludes this season's International Piano Series
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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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