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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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Free

6:00 pm
19 Oct 2017
6:00 pm | 19 Oct 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear music alive with unbridled joy in this opening programme
Hear music alive with unbridled joy in this opening programme

Free

7:30 pm
19 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 19 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
The Philharmonia performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical Scheherazade
The Philharmonia performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical Scheherazade
Carlos Miguel Prieto.London 10 October 2013.Intermusica
7:30 pm
21 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
The LPO reveals another side to Rossini in this performance of his Stabat Mater
The LPO reveals another side to Rossini in this performance of his Stabat Mater
12:00 pm
22 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Don’t miss the magical Gruffalo film sequel with live music by the LPO.
Don’t miss the magical Gruffalo film sequel with live music by the LPO.
7:30 pm
25 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 25 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the LPO present music of war and peace in this emotional concert
Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the LPO present music of war and peace in this emotional concert

Free

6:00 pm
26 Oct 2017
6:00 pm | 26 Oct 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
RCM students perform chamber music from the time of the Russian Revolution
RCM students perform chamber music from the time of the Russian Revolution

Free

7:30 pm
26 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 26 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra perform early works by Russian composers
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra perform early works by...
7:30 pm
27 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 27 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO performs history-changing music with Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony
The LPO performs history-changing music with Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony
Various times
28 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 28 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for the MS Society
Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for the MS Society
12:00 pm
29 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Take an in-depth look at Beethoven’s last major compositions
Take an in-depth look at Beethoven’s last major compositions
IPS 2017/18
7:30 pm
31 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 31 Oct 2017
Classical music
'A pianist of magisterial elegance.' (The New York Times)
'A pianist of magisterial elegance.' (The New York Times)
7:30 pm
31 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 31 Oct 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Emerson Quartet performs Beethoven’s electrifying late quartets
The Emerson Quartet performs Beethoven’s electrifying late quartets
7:30 pm
1 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 1 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Emerson Quartet presents a second concert of Beethoven’s electrifying late quartets
The Emerson Quartet presents a second concert of Beethoven’s electrifying late quartets

Free

6:00 pm
2 Nov 2017
6:00 pm | 2 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Classical influences inspire works of two giants of music
Classical influences inspire works of two giants of music

Free

Esther Yoo, Violin.Photo: Marco Borggreve
7:30 pm
2 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 2 Nov 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Esther Yoo joins the Philharmonia Orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
Esther Yoo joins the Philharmonia Orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
IOS 2017/18
7:30 pm
3 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 3 Nov 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs with the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs with the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Lawrence Renes
7:30 pm
4 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 4 Nov 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Bruckner’s awe-inspiring Eighth Symphony
The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs Bruckner’s awe-inspiring Eighth Symphony

Free

6:00 pm
5 Nov 2017
6:00 pm | 5 Nov 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Explore musical time and space with the music of Beat Furrer
Explore musical time and space with the music of Beat Furrer

Free

EDWARD GARDNER - conductor;.Philharmonia Orchestra;.Royal Festival Hall;.London, UK;.5 May 2016;..Elgar Symphony No 2..Credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ ArenaPAL;
7:30 pm
5 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 5 Nov 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Edward Gardner and the Philharmonia perform an all-British programme
Edward Gardner and the Philharmonia perform an all-British programme
7:30 pm
7 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 7 Nov 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Revel in an evening of Russian classics with pianist Boris Giltburg
Revel in an evening of Russian classics with pianist Boris Giltburg
7:30 pm
8 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 8 Nov 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the LPO perform Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven
Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the LPO perform Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

Free

6:00 pm
9 Nov 2017
6:00 pm | 9 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Discover stars of the future at this young artist showcase
Discover stars of the future at this young artist showcase

Free

7:30 pm
9 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 9 Nov 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Discover one of the greatest pieces of the 20th century: Holst’s The Planets
Discover one of the greatest pieces of the 20th century: Holst’s The Planets
7:30 pm
10 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 10 Nov 2017
Classical music
Choral
Innovative vocal ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick performs music that defies dangerous times
Innovative vocal ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick performs music that defies dangerous times
Steven Osborne, London 30 May 2013
7:30 pm
14 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 14 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear two great works of art by Shostakovich and Messiaen that emerged from the horrors of war
Hear two great works of art by Shostakovich and Messiaen that emerged from the horrors of war
IPS 2017/18
7:30 pm
15 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 15 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The rising Icelandic star Víkingur Ólafsson makes his debut in our International Piano Series
The rising Icelandic star Víkingur Ólafsson makes his debut in our International Piano Series
7:30 pm
16 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 16 Nov 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Spend an evening with the hits of legendary Hollywood composer John Barry
Spend an evening with the hits of legendary Hollywood composer John Barry
10:00 am
18 Nov 2017
10:00 am | 18 Nov 2017
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Grab a coffee and explore Johann Sebastian Bach's experimental last work, The Art of Fugue.
Grab a coffee and explore Johann Sebastian Bach's experimental last work, The Art of Fugue.
12:00 pm
18 Nov 2017
12:00 pm | 18 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Explore Schubert’s passionate and moving music for solo piano in this study day
Explore Schubert’s passionate and moving music for solo piano in this study day
7:30 pm
21 Nov 2017
7:30 pm | 21 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Bach’s last composition, left unfinished at his death, has long been the source of intrigue
Bach’s last composition, left unfinished at his death, has long been the source of intrigue

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

Paul Lewis credit Josep Molina

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Paul Lewis credit Josep Molina
IPS 2017/18
23 Jan
Classical music
Enjoy a performance by one of today's most celebrated interpreters of Classical repertoire
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