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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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Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
In the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, a look at how even the darkest of subjects can inspire great musical works.
Listen to this Spotify playlist of eight classical pieces to get you in a festive mood
All you need to know about the Australian violinist, composer and conductor
Enjoy this rare archive backstage footage of the celebrated cellist, 30 years on from her tragic passing
An animation to get you in the mood for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s performance of Smetana’s Má Vlast
An in-depth interview with the celebrated French composer Philippe Schoeller
Get set for their 2018 milestone with this video teaser and spotify playlist
Our Director of Music's pick of the upcoming concert series
Experience everything from Chinese culture to Nordic cuisine via classical concerts
All you need to know about our Artist-in-Residence
The celebrated German-Japanese pianist describes her introduction to the Norwegian composer
The lighting designer explains the concept behind English National Opera's performance of The Dream of Gerontius
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
A closer look at Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain with the Royal Academy of Music's Head of Composition
Hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, and its political significance, from the composer
Listen to a specially created Spotify playlist, giving a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
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
Read how the Swedish mansplaining hotline caused a domestic stir
The American civil rights advocate and leading scholar shares a few words
We asked Fatima about the challenges women face, and their hopes for the future
Hear what conductor Marin Alsop and participants had to about their experience of Southbank Centre's Women in Music Series in January 2017
Hear maestro Maurizio Pollini speak about his second Royal Festival Hall recital, coming up this March
Delve into the life, loves and music of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, and those of his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk
Listen to conductor Marin Alsop speak about working with Southbank Centre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Hear conductor Paavo Järvi talk about his upcoming concert, London audiences and his love of Japanese food
Hear Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky speak about his upcoming Royal Festival Hall recital and what he likes about London
Conductor Paavo Järvi speaks to Maki Takemitsu about her father, the composer Toru Takemitsu
Ahead of the first of his London concerts, internationally renowned pianist Maurizio Pollini talks about the pieces he's chosen to play
Hear musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment talk about pitch ahead of their concert
Horn player Martin Lawrence of the OAE demonstrates some DIY instrument-making
Join the OAE on a musical adventure into uncertainty, scepticism and doubt, in their new season Visions, Illusions and Delusions
Watch a clip of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 performed from memory
Find out how one photographer maintains long-term relationships with clients
Milanese keyboard wizard Ottavio Dantone on the parallels between music and football
Christian Blackshaw talks in depth about his love for Schumann and Schubert

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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

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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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 with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert spanning his 50 year career
Celebrate David Bedford’s music with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert spanning his 50 year...
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.
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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.
7:30 pm
Mon 09 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 09 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear new works by the brightest young composers
Hear new works by the brightest young composers
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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