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International Orchestra Series

Experience the best the globe has to offer here at the London home of exceptional ensembles from around the world.

This season we host the vibrant Spira mirabilis from Italy, who prove that a conductor is not always necessary for brilliant renditions of Beethoven. Also, Sir Simon Rattle brings the peerless Berliner Philharmoniker for two final performances under his leadership, mixing short new works with classics by Bruckner and Brahms.

2018/19 opens with the first UK appearances from Andris Nelsons and Leipzig's illustrious Gewandhausorchester. This is the orchestra's first time at Royal Festival Hall in 13 years, and with a double-bill of Mahler's biggest symphonies this is sure to be an unmissable set of concerts.

Further into the season, Mitsuko Uchida performs intimate renditions of two Mozart Piano Concertos with the dynamic Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic dive into their history for a programme of Russian works.

A new year calls for new music, and Frankfurt's cutting edge Ensemble Modern play twice as part of State of Sound: in a portrait concert of British composer Rebecca Saunders and in a selection of new works from a global roster of exciting young artists.

Finally, France's Le Balcon team up with London Sinfonietta and RAM musicians to stage the cosmic brilliance of Stockhausen's Donnerstag aus Licht, the work's first performance in the UK since 1985.

The sound itself was massive … as if it had been marinated through the centuries
The Telegraph on Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

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Das Rheingold/Richard Wagner/Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle
7:30 pm
Wed 30 May 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 30 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the first of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting Bruckner's Ninth Symphony
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the first of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting...
7:30 pm
Thu 31 May 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 31 May 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the second of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting Brahms' Symphony No.1
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the second of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting...
12:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Classical music
Tackle Mahler’s symphonies in this study day
Tackle Mahler’s symphonies in this study day
Andris Nelsons 2014.Photo: Marco Borggreve
7:30 pm
Mon 08 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 08 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts his debut London concert as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Andris Nelsons conducts his debut London concert as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
7:30 pm
Tue 09 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 09 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Andris Nelsons is described by The New York Times as 'a young dynamo'
Andris Nelsons is described by The New York Times as 'a young dynamo'
Ensemble Modern,  Gruppenfoto, Frankfurt am Main
4:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Leading contemporary music specialists Ensemble Modern present new works by young composers
Leading contemporary music specialists Ensemble Modern present new works by young composers
7:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Ensemble Modern presents the music of multi-award-winning British composer Rebecca Saunders
Ensemble Modern presents the music of multi-award-winning British composer Rebecca Saunders
7:30 pm
Tue 29 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 29 Jan 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
The St Petersburg Philharmonic performs the thrilling Russian classics it once premiered
7:30 pm
Wed 06 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra continue their series of Mozart Piano Concertos
Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra continue their series of Mozart Piano Concertos
AL
7:30 pm
Thu 09 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 09 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12
Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12

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