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.

view 2019/20 Classical Season guide

view 2020/21 Classical Season guide

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

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An in-depth interview with the celebrated French composer Philippe Schoeller
All you need to know about our Artist in Residence

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To take advantage of our multi-buy offers look out for events displaying the yellow multi-buy label. You will be able to navigate back to the full list of events in each multi-buy by clicking the links below the titles on event pages or the multi-buy links in the 'what's on' listings. 

Discounts only apply to events within one season.