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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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2:00 pm
Sat 21 Apr 2018
2:00 pm | Sat 21 Apr 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Concert organist William Whitehead introduces Royal Festival Hall's pipe organ.
Concert organist William Whitehead introduces Royal Festival Hall's pipe organ.
7:00 pm
Sat 21 Apr 2018
7:00 pm | Sat 21 Apr 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Witness a double-bill of iconic sitar and santoor to celebrate Queen Elizabeth Hall’s reopening
Witness a double-bill of iconic sitar and santoor to celebrate Queen Elizabeth Hall’s reopening

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7:30 pm
Sat 21 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 21 Apr 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Gil Shaham, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Beethoven’s great Violin Concerto.
Gil Shaham, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Beethoven’s great Violin Concerto.

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7:30 pm
Tue 24 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Apr 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
William Whitehead performs two new commissions to ‘complete’ Bach’s Orgelbüchlein
William Whitehead performs two new commissions to ‘complete’ Bach’s Orgelbüchlein

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7:30 pm
Wed 25 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Apr 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO performs Debussy’s sensuous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.
The LPO performs Debussy’s sensuous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.

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7:30 pm
Thu 26 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Apr 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Benjamin Grosvenor enchanted audiences when he won the piano final of Young Musician of the Year.
Benjamin Grosvenor enchanted audiences when he won the piano final of Young Musician of the Year.
7:30 pm
Thu 26 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Apr 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents atmospheric music by Sibelius, Bruch and Elgar
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents atmospheric music by Sibelius, Bruch and Elgar

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7:30 pm
Fri 27 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 27 Apr 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO performs Debussy’s sensuous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.
The LPO performs Debussy’s sensuous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.

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7:30 pm
Fri 27 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 27 Apr 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The charismatic soprano Danielle de Niese joins with Menahem Pressler, Sir James Galway and Mark Simpson for an evening of musical reflections.
The charismatic soprano Danielle de Niese joins with Menahem Pressler, Sir James Galway and Mark...
7:00 pm
Sat 28 Apr 2018
7:00 pm | Sat 28 Apr 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
As Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece turns 50, mark the occasion in a film screening with live soundtrack
As Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece turns 50, mark the occasion in a film screening with live...
1:00 pm
Sun 29 Apr 2018
1:00 pm | Sun 29 Apr 2018
Classical music
Delve into the impact and legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution in talks, films and live music
Delve into the impact and legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution in talks, films and live music

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7:30 pm
Sun 29 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Apr 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
How did fear and repression manifest themselves in Shostakovich’s music?
How did fear and repression manifest themselves in Shostakovich’s music?

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7:30 pm
Wed 02 May 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 02 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Don’t miss the incomparable violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performing with the LPO.
Don’t miss the incomparable violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performing with the LPO.
7:30 pm
Thu 03 May 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 03 May 2018
Classical music
Choral
Experience two modern day masterpieces from Prokofiev and Bernstein
Experience two modern day masterpieces from Prokofiev and Bernstein
12:00 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Get to know the man behind the music and go beyond 2001: A Space Odyssey in this Ligeti study day
Get to know the man behind the music and go beyond 2001: A Space Odyssey in this Ligeti study day
2:30 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
2:30 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Join the London Concert Orchestra celebrating music by composer John Williams
Join the London Concert Orchestra celebrating music by composer John Williams
7:30 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
A concert of your favourite classics with dazzling lasers and special effects.
A concert of your favourite classics with dazzling lasers and special effects.
7:30 pm
Tue 08 May 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 08 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Get a glimpse at the thoughts of Beethoven with Brett Dean's Testament
Get a glimpse at the thoughts of Beethoven with Brett Dean's Testament

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7:30 pm
Wed 09 May 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 09 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Enjoy the fiery musicianship of young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili
Enjoy the fiery musicianship of young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili

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7:30 pm
Thu 10 May 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 10 May 2018
Classical music
Choral
The Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates Hubert Parry, composer of the great coronation anthem I Was Glad
The Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates Hubert Parry, composer of the great coronation anthem I Was...

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7:30 pm
Fri 11 May 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 11 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Marie-Luise Neunecker perform music by Ligeti
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Marie-Luise Neunecker perform music by Ligeti
Pierre-Laurent Aimard.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Sat 12 May 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 12 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear Ligeti's complete Études played by the great French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Hear Ligeti's complete Études played by the great French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard
3:00 pm
Sun 13 May 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 13 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Three of the world’s great Ligeti interpreters perform some of his most powerful music
Three of the world’s great Ligeti interpreters perform some of his most powerful music
7:45 pm
Mon 14 May 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 14 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Reiko Fujisawa performs Bach’s masterpiece alongside works by Haydn and Adès
Reiko Fujisawa performs Bach’s masterpiece alongside works by Haydn and Adès
7:30 pm
Tue 15 May 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 15 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Spira mirabilis returns to the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall
Spira mirabilis returns to the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:45 pm
Tue 15 May 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 15 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Remember Debussy 100 years after his death, with singers Claire Booth and Susa Bickley
Remember Debussy 100 years after his death, with singers Claire Booth and Susa Bickley
Kirill Gerstein.Photo: Marco Borggreve
7:30 pm
Wed 16 May 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 16 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
A show-stopping end to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Southbank Centre series
A show-stopping end to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Southbank Centre series

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7:00 pm
Thu 17 May 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 17 May 2018
Classical music
Opera
The OAE recreates an historic moment in cinema at this performance of Der Rosenkavalier.
The OAE recreates an historic moment in cinema at this performance of Der Rosenkavalier.
7:45 pm
Thu 17 May 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 17 May 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The Cohen Ensemble returns to Southbank Centre with music on the themes of love and transformation
The Cohen Ensemble returns to Southbank Centre with music on the themes of love and transformation

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 20 May 2018
6:00 pm | Sun 20 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Discover exciting new performers at this young artist showcase
Discover exciting new performers at this young artist showcase

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7:30 pm
Sun 20 May 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 20 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The final concert of Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 focuses on Prokofiev
The final concert of Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 focuses on Prokofiev
7:30 pm
Mon 21 May 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 21 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
See acclaimed tenor Joseph Calleja make his long awaited return to Royal Festival Hall.
See acclaimed tenor Joseph Calleja make his long awaited return to Royal Festival Hall.
7:45 pm
Mon 21 May 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 21 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear repertoire for eight hands at two pianos as Piano40 return to the London stage
Hear repertoire for eight hands at two pianos as Piano40 return to the London stage
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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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

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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
7:30 pm
Sat 02 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 02 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Listen to the best scores from two of the world’s greatest film composers
Listen to the best scores from two of the world’s greatest film composers

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 03 Jun 2018
6:00 pm | Sun 03 Jun 2018
Classical music
Don't miss the final chamber programme of the 2017/18 Philharmonia Chamber Players Series
Don't miss the final chamber programme of the 2017/18 Philharmonia Chamber Players Series

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7:30 pm
Sun 03 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 03 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Paavo Järvi conducts the Philharmonia in a programme of fire and fantasy
Paavo Järvi conducts the Philharmonia in a programme of fire and fantasy
7:00 pm
Mon 04 Jun 2018
7:00 pm | Mon 04 Jun 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Watch as the winners of the ROSL Music Competition section finals compete for the ROSL Gold Medal.
Watch as the winners of the ROSL Music Competition section finals compete for the ROSL Gold Medal.
IPS 2017/18

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7:30 pm
Tue 05 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Jun 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear the second recital of Paul Lewis' Haydn/Beethoven/Brahms series
Hear the second recital of Paul Lewis' Haydn/Beethoven/Brahms series
Barbican
Various times
6 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Various times | 6 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Classical music
Opera
Experience a semi-staged performance of Mozart's first full-length opera
Experience a semi-staged performance of Mozart's first full-length opera

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 07 Jun 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 07 Jun 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The culminating concert of the Philharmonia Orchestra's Academy
The culminating concert of the Philharmonia Orchestra's Academy
Christoph von Dohnányi - conductor;.Carolin Widmann - violin;.Philharmonia Orchestra; .Royal Festival Hall;.London, UK;.1 October 2015;..Berg violin concerto;.Schubert Symphony No 9 in C major;..Credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ ArenaPAL;

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7:30 pm
Thu 07 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 07 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Expect thrills as Christoph von Dohnányi and Arabella Steinbacher perform with the Philharmonia
Expect thrills as Christoph von Dohnányi and Arabella Steinbacher perform with the Philharmonia

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 08 Jun 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 08 Jun 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Kick off your Friday evening with dynamic soprano and marimba duo Percussing
Kick off your Friday evening with dynamic soprano and marimba duo Percussing
7:30 pm
Sat 09 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 09 Jun 2018
Classical music
Choral
Enjoy an evening of wonderful classics with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Enjoy an evening of wonderful classics with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
7:45 pm
Sat 09 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 09 Jun 2018
Classical music
Hear Telemann’s greatest chamber works, the Paris Quartets, juxtaposed with Bach’s trio sonatas in this concert.
Hear Telemann’s greatest chamber works, the Paris Quartets, juxtaposed with Bach’s trio sonatas...

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12:00 pm
Sun 10 Jun 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 10 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Animations bring Stravinsky’s glorious Petrushka to life in this family concert
Animations bring Stravinsky’s glorious Petrushka to life in this family concert
7:30 pm
Tue 12 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 12 Jun 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Celebrate David Bedford’s music in a concert spanning his 50 year career, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Celebrate David Bedford’s music in a concert spanning his 50 year career, with the BBC Concert...
7:30 pm
Wed 13 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 13 Jun 2018
Classical music
Choral
Celebrate music’s capacity to cross cultural and political divides with the Parliament Choir.
Celebrate music’s capacity to cross cultural and political divides with the Parliament Choir.
Teatro di San Carlo  SOLISTA E DIRETTORE  HAN-NA CHANG

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7:30 pm
Thu 14 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 14 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The Philharmonia is joined by conductor Han-Na Chang for a special Korea-UK concert
The Philharmonia is joined by conductor Han-Na Chang for a special Korea-UK concert
7:30 pm
Thu 14 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 14 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The Corinthian Orchestra mark the end of their season with Berlioz, Strauss and Mahler
The Corinthian Orchestra mark the end of their season with Berlioz, Strauss and Mahler
7:45 pm
Thu 14 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 14 Jun 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Immerse yourself in a Carnatic concert featuring renowned veena artist, Jayanthi Kumaresh.
Immerse yourself in a Carnatic concert featuring renowned veena artist, Jayanthi Kumaresh.
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Jun 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Jun 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Talented young pianists perform works by Ravel, Liszt, Debussy, and more
Talented young pianists perform works by Ravel, Liszt, Debussy, and more

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7:00 pm
Tue 26 Jun 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 26 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The OAE and dancers recreate the sounds and sights of Versailles
The OAE and dancers recreate the sounds and sights of Versailles

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7:30 pm
Thu 28 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Salonen conducts Schoenberg's operatic tale of love and jealousy.
Salonen conducts Schoenberg's operatic tale of love and jealousy.
.......
3:00 pm
Sun 01 Jul 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 01 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
Hear Carmina Burana and Les Noces sung in English by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Hear Carmina Burana and Les Noces sung in English by Crouch End Festival Chorus
7:45 pm
Tue 03 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 03 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
See some of the exceptionally talented musicians enrolled at London conservatoires in this concert.
See some of the exceptionally talented musicians enrolled at London conservatoires in this concert.

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7:00 pm
Wed 04 Jul 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 04 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
Sir András Schiff and the OAE perform magical and playful works by Haydn.
Sir András Schiff and the OAE perform magical and playful works by Haydn.
7:45 pm
Thu 12 Jul 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 12 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear Tarang’s new sound as they debut tracks from their new album.
Hear Tarang’s new sound as they debut tracks from their new album.

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