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Classical Season 2018/19

September 2018 - July 2019

Welcome to the 2018/19 classical season at Southbank Centre.

This season’s highlights include: two concerts from Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the first performances of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht in the UK since 1985; Mitsuko Uchida performing two Mozart piano concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; recitals from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, Maurizio Pollini, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard; a festival of new music by international composers featuring London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Aurora Orchestra and Claire Chase; as well as the European premiere of a new work from Philip Glass, in tribute to the chameleon genius of pop mastermind David Bowie.

Explore all our concerts and series below. For downloadable, print-at-home listings, you can also use our 2018/19 season at-a-glance document:

All this, plus free events, pre-concert talks, live-screenings, workshops and study days from the most exciting artists, conductors, orchestras and ensembles the world over.

Download 2018/19 Classical Season at-a-glance PDF

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Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
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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
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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

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Photograph of the members of sax quartet Marici Saxes, who perform at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Fri 14 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 14 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
See a new side to the saxophone with a diverse palette of music from this all-female quartet
See a new side to the saxophone with a diverse palette of music from this all-female quartet
2:00 pm
Sun 16 Sep 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 16 Sep 2018
Classical music
Get all your pressing classical music questions answered in this interactive concert experience
Get all your pressing classical music questions answered in this interactive concert experience
3:00 pm
Sun 16 Sep 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 16 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
An all-Tchaikovsky extravaganza celebrating his greatest works
An all-Tchaikovsky extravaganza celebrating his greatest works
4:00 pm
Sun 16 Sep 2018
4:00 pm | Sun 16 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Aurora Orchestra conjure spirits and myths from Frankenstein to Beethoven in this phantasmagoria
Aurora Orchestra conjure spirits and myths from Frankenstein to Beethoven in this phantasmagoria
17 Sep - 21 Sep 2018
Classical music
Join this essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about Indian classical music
Join this essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about Indian...
7:30 pm
Tue 18 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 18 Sep 2018
Classical music
See the legendary composer perform and conduct 60 years of music and movies
See the legendary composer perform and conduct 60 years of music and movies

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 19 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 19 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Stephen Cleobury performs profoundly expressive music by Herbert Howells
Stephen Cleobury performs profoundly expressive music by Herbert Howells
6:30 pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018
6:30 pm | Sat 22 Sep 2018
Classical music
Enjoy a double bill of music featuring slide guitar and North Indian violin
Enjoy a double bill of music featuring slide guitar and North Indian violin
7:30 pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 22 Sep 2018
Classical music
The London Concert Orchestra performs your favourite sci-fi film scores live
The London Concert Orchestra performs your favourite sci-fi film scores live
Kumar Bose and Tejendra Majumdar
5:30 pm
Sun 23 Sep 2018
5:30 pm | Sun 23 Sep 2018
Classical music
An evening of iconic sitar and one of India’s finest khayal vocalists
An evening of iconic sitar and one of India’s finest khayal vocalists

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