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Classical Season 2017/18

23 Sep 2017 - 4 Jul 2018

Welcome to the 2017/18 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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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
7:30 pm
Wed 23 May 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 23 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Delight in an evening of glitz, glamour and charm celebrating the 100th birthday of Alan J Lerner
Delight in an evening of glitz, glamour and charm celebrating the 100th birthday of Alan J Lerner

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 24 May 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 24 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Take a seat for the world premiere of Christian Mason's new song cycle
Take a seat for the world premiere of Christian Mason's new song cycle

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 24 May 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 24 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Daniele Gatti conducts the Philharmonia playing Mendelssohn and Brahms
Daniele Gatti conducts the Philharmonia playing Mendelssohn and Brahms

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Tue 29 May 2018
5:30 pm | Tue 29 May 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Nearly 50 years on see a historic classical music documentary where it was filmed
Nearly 50 years on see a historic classical music documentary where it was filmed

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Tue 29 May 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 29 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Recall a historical performance as Benjamin Grosvenor’s ensemble performs Schubert’s Trout Quintet
Recall a historical performance as Benjamin Grosvenor’s ensemble performs Schubert’s Trout...
7:45 pm
Tue 29 May 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 29 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear world premieres of new works for string quartet.
Hear world premieres of new works for string quartet.
Das Rheingold/Richard Wagner/Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle
7:30 pm
Wed 30 May 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 30 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the first of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting Bruckner's Ninth Symphony
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the first of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting...
7:45 pm
Wed 30 May 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 30 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Be captivated by celebrated Spanish pianist Judith Jauregui.
Be captivated by celebrated Spanish pianist Judith Jauregui.
7:30 pm
Thu 31 May 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 31 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the second of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting Brahms' Symphony No.1
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the second of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting...
7:45 pm
Thu 31 May 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 31 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear the stars of tomorrow in this showcase of the College’s 2017 Gold Medal winners
Hear the stars of tomorrow in this showcase of the College’s 2017 Gold Medal winners

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