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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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Tamás Sándor, Joint Principal 2nd Violin

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6:00 pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 23 Feb 2020
classical music
In a free recital of late Romantic chamber works, hear the inventive masterpiece of Polish composer Zarebski
In a free recital of late Romantic chamber works, hear the inventive masterpiece of Polish composer...
Chineke! Orchestra
7:30 pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 23 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
An enchanting suite by Coleridge-Taylor leads into Beethoven’s gigantic Seventh Symphony
An enchanting suite by Coleridge-Taylor leads into Beethoven’s gigantic Seventh Symphony
Michael Sanderling, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 23 Feb 2020
classical music
Darkly beautiful: the Philharmonia Orchestra presents two key late Romantic works
Darkly beautiful: the Philharmonia Orchestra presents two key late Romantic works
Sol Gabetta, cellist
7:30 pm
Mon 24 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 24 Feb 2020
classical music
Indulge yourself with Rachmaninov’s lush, lyrical symphony, and Schumann’s Concerto for Cello
Indulge yourself with Rachmaninov’s lush, lyrical symphony, and Schumann’s Concerto for Cello
Osmo Vanska, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 26 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Encounter imaginative works from 1804, 1904 and 2004 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Vision project
Encounter imaginative works from 1804, 1904 and 2004 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020...
Alexei Volodin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 26 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Feb 2020
classical music
Fairy tale atmosphere pervades an all-Russian musical evening
Fairy tale atmosphere pervades an all-Russian musical evening
 John Wilson conducts Elgar & Korngold

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7:30 pm
Thu 27 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 27 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
Elgar’s visionary final symphony gets the Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgar’s visionary final symphony gets the Philharmonia Orchestra
Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 27 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 27 Feb 2020
classical music
Passion and ambition come to the fore in chamber music by two great composers of the Romantic era
Passion and ambition come to the fore in chamber music by two great composers of the Romantic era
Jeremy Denk, pianist

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7:30 pm
Fri 28 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 28 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Rebel discreetly with music from 1805, 1905 and 2005 from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Rebel discreetly with music from 1805, 1905 and 2005 from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bang On! at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Fri 28 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 28 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
New American music brings together Bang On a Can All-Stars and the BBC Concert Orchestra
New American music brings together Bang On a Can All-Stars and the BBC Concert Orchestra

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Get a flavour of the new season with this Spotify playlist