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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: 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.

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All you never knew about one of Germany’s oldest orchestras
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

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7:30 pm
Thu 13 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 13 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Herald the Christmas season with a sublime selection of festive classics and carols
Herald the Christmas season with a sublime selection of festive classics and carols
7:30 pm
Fri 14 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 14 Dec 2018
Classical music
Festive songs to celebrate the season
Festive songs to celebrate the season
7:30 pm
Sat 15 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
John Wilson and his orchestra perform the music of Hollywood and Broadway musicals
John Wilson and his orchestra perform the music of Hollywood and Broadway musicals
3:00 pm
Sun 16 Dec 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
An afternoon of magical music from your favourite festive films
An afternoon of magical music from your favourite festive films
7:30 pm
Sun 16 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra
350 voices in monumental harmony with the Philharmonia Orchestra

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7:30 pm
Tue 15 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 15 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Tonight, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov makes his debut in the International Piano Series
Tonight, Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov makes his debut in the International Piano Series

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7:30 pm
Wed 16 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Musical history in the making: you heard it here first
Musical history in the making: you heard it here first

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7:30 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Virtuosic American organist Nathan Laube presents music by Bach at his best
Virtuosic American organist Nathan Laube presents music by Bach at his best
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7:30 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Discover the freshest sounds from cutting-edge music creators from around the world
Discover the freshest sounds from cutting-edge music creators from around the world

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos and acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang return to Royal Festival Hall
Renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos and acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang return to Royal Festival Hall

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