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Classical Season 2017/18

23 Sep 2017 - 4 Jul 2018

Welcome to a new season of classical music at Southbank Centre. Visits from Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, are among the highlights of a rich and varied season.

In spring 2018 we re-open the refurbished and upgraded Queen Elizabeth Hall. We're celebrating with new music from Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and looking back at milestones in the venue's history with performances of Steve Reich's Different Trains and Schubert's Trout Quintet.

We're proud to announce pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as our newest Associate Artist. He has programmed Ligeti in Wonderland, a weekend of concerts and talks where you can step inside the adventurous world of this pioneering composer.

The Orgelbüchlein Project – a mission to complete Bach's set of organ miniatures, and two tasters from the Berliner Philharmoniker's tapas series – commissions under six minutes long, bring you brief encounters with the music of the 21st century.

Many of this year's concerts form part of two festivals: Belief and Beyond Belief explores what it means to be human in the 21st century, and Nordic Matters takes a look at what's happening in Nordic art, culture and society.

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7:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Sir Willard White, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Enescu’s powerful opera Oedipe
3:30 pm | 24 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Explore birdsong and man’s relationship with the natural world, in this Aurora Orchestra concert
6:30 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Join us for a classical music salon featuring discussion, performance and insights from experts
7:00 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? The OAE explores Judas and Christ’s last days
7:30 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Simon Johnson, the organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, performs music by Bach and Reubke
7:30 pm | 27 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Jan Vogler and the LPO perform Britten’s Symphony for cello & orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
7:30 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Sibelius

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9:45 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Get a unique perspective on traditional Finnish music with these two performers
7:30 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
See Sir Karl Jenkins conduct a superb concert of his own compositions. Part of RGL Great Composers and RGL Choral Masterpieces series
7:30 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear pianist Richard Goode play Mozart in this LPO concert, also featuring Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

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14 Oct
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Orchestra
Hear 20th-century music that explores spirituality as part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival

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