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Classical Season 2019/20

SEP 2019 – JUL 2020

Welcome to the Classical Season 2019/20 at Southbank Centre.

This season’s highlights include the start of year-long celebrations to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday, featuring many of his major works performed across the season, an exploration into his wide-reaching influence curated by Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Beethoven & The Avant-Garde, and a new take on the final symphony with hundreds of participants joining our Associate Artist Marin Alsop in Beyond Beethoven 9.

You can also look forward to Philip Venables and Ted Huffman’s Denis & Katya, a multimedia production inspired by the true story of two Russian teenage runaways who broadcast their final moments on social media; recitals from world-class artists including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Stephen Hough, Maurizio Pollini and Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Michael Tilson Thomas celebrating his 75th birthday and final season with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla: Varèse & Debussy, a weekend dedicated to sculptors of sound Edgard Varèse and Claude Debussy.

Explore all our concerts and series below, or download our full listings brochure.

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Our Director of Music, Gillian Moore, has picked out some of the highlights from this sensational season.

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Southbank Centre’s Ramatoulie Bobb looks ahead to her first classical music encounter
Listen to this Spotify playlist and hear some of the big beasts of the instrument world
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Listen to this Spotify playlist and step away from the bustle of everyday life
Have your finger on the pulse and be the very first to hear a brand new piece of music
Get a flavour of the new season with this Spotify playlist
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Our Director of Music looks ahead to the Classical Season 2019/20
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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
Experience everything from Chinese culture to Nordic cuisine via classical concerts
All you need to know about our Artist in Residence

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A pianist and trombonist performing on stage
7:00 pm
Mon 01 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 01 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Previously won by Jacqueline du Pré: Royal Overseas League winners compete for first prize
Clare Hammond, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
classical music
An unfairly neglected composer is at the heart of an imaginative selection for piano
An unfairly neglected composer is at the heart of an imaginative selection for piano
The Bach Choir performing in Royal Festival Hall
7:30 pm
Thu 04 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Jun 2020
classical music
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by Verdi
‘Probably the finest independent choir in the world’ (Evening Standard) performs choruses by...
Film still from The English Patient (1996)
7:00 pm
Fri 05 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 05 Jun 2020
classical music
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Anthony Minghella’s romantic blockbuster is accompanied live by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Jessica Cottis, conductor
7:30 pm
Sat 06 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 06 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's dark and biting satire is brought to life by Southbank Sinfonia
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's dark and biting satire is brought to life by Southbank Sinfonia
Daniel Elms
8:00 pm
Sun 07 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 07 Jun 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic musicians
All-encompassing soundscapes await at a concert debuting new arrangements from the electronic...
Peter O'Hagan, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 09 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 09 Jun 2020
classical music
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
Musician playing the harp

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Free

6:00 pm
Thu 11 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 11 Jun 2020
classical music
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Instrumental Fellowship Programme supports the talent of tomorrow
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Instrumental Fellowship Programme supports the talent of tomorrow
Mahler: Song of Lamentation

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 11 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Jun 2020
classical music
An evening of high stakes and drama brings the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season to a close
An evening of high stakes and drama brings the Philharmonia Orchestra’s season to a close
Philip Dale, trombone

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7:00 pm
Fri 26 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 26 Jun 2020
classical music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs works by the bad boys of 19th-century music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs works by the bad boys of 19th-century music

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Get a flavour of the new season with this Spotify playlist