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Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century.

Led by its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia performs over 40 concerts a year at Southbank Centre, on Thursdays and Sundays, including free contemporary and chamber concerts.

The Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through digital technology and creative learning programmes.

In 2020 the Philharmonia celebrates 75 years of brilliant live music-making, definitive recordings, technological innovation and artistic adventure.

playing of sizzling virtuosity and vividness from the orchestra
The Guardian

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How did the Weimar era pave the way for the rise of Nazism? Find out more in this Philharmonia Orchestra video
Get to know the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
The letter from Strauss that gave the Philharmonia Orchestra a notable world premiere
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor discuss the legacy of the Czech composer
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Watch the conductor introduce the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season in this short video.
Watch the violinist describe how the conductor shaped his early music career
Discover the turbulent relationship between Sergei Prokofiev and the Soviet regime
See the Finnish violinist discuss the composer’s First Violin Concerto in this video
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Watch this illuminating video interview with the celebrated Korean composer
Why are conductors are so drawn to the music of Gustav Mahler? Find out in this short video interview
The legendary Finnish composer and conductor reveals his thoughts on Mahler’s First Symphony and the passage of time
See the greatest actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood in a screening accompanied by live orchestra.
See the composer discuss the challenges of conducting Mahler's final work
Listen to a pre-concert talk discussing the significance of the 1925 film
Introducing the Philharmonia Orchestra‘s Principal Guest Conductor

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Zhang Zuo, pianist

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3:00 pm
Sun 19 Apr 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 19 Apr 2020
classical music
From opening fanfare to joyous finale: the Philharmonia Orchestra brings you Mahler’s Fifth
From opening fanfare to joyous finale: the Philharmonia Orchestra brings you Mahler’s Fifth
Steven Isserlis, cellist

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3:00 pm
Sun 26 Apr 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 26 Apr 2020
classical music
Enter the world of Russian folklore with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enter the world of Russian folklore with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Concert in Royal Festival hall
7:30 pm
Mon 27 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 27 Apr 2020
classical music
Works created in the shadow of the Second World War are brought to light by Barts Choir
Works created in the shadow of the Second World War are brought to light by Barts Choir
Musician playing the harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 30 Apr 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 30 Apr 2020
classical music
The mythical quest of Theseus to find and conquer the Minotaur is stirringly evoked by Schafer's work
The mythical quest of Theseus to find and conquer the Minotaur is stirringly evoked by...
Performance of Mahler: The Song of the Earth

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7:30 pm
Thu 30 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 30 Apr 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents music embracing youth and beauty, old age and farewell
The Philharmonia Orchestra presents music embracing youth and beauty, old age and farewell
Philharmonia Chamber Players, ensemble

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Free

6:00 pm
Sun 10 May 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 10 May 2020
classical music
Tender, sensual, ravishing: hear a short, free recital of two chamber works that reach towards ecstasy
Tender, sensual, ravishing: hear a short, free recital of two chamber works that reach towards...
Alexander Gavrylyuk, pianist

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7:30 pm
Sun 10 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 10 May 2020
classical music
Enjoy one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enjoy one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Colin Currie Artist Portrait

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Free

6:00 pm
Thu 14 May 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 14 May 2020
classical music
‘The world’s finest and most daring percussionist’ (The Spectator)
‘The world’s finest and most daring percussionist’ (The Spectator)
Joana Carneiro, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 14 May 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 14 May 2020
classical music
Ride the emotions of great 20th-century American music with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Ride the emotions of great 20th-century American music with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Musicians performing on stage

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Free

6:00 pm
Thu 21 May 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 21 May 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
World premieres from emerging composers round off the Philharmonia Orchestra's Composers' Academy
World premieres from emerging composers round off the Philharmonia Orchestra's Composers'...
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 21 May 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 21 May 2020
classical music
Listen out for the swans in this audience favourite from the Philharmonia Orchestra
Listen out for the swans in this audience favourite from the Philharmonia Orchestra
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
Musician playing the harp

Free

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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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
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 24 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Sep 2020
classical music
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new season
Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 27 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 27 Sep 2020
classical music
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for an all-Brahms concert
Denis Kozukhin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
The Philharmonia Orchestra makes hay with two of Dvorák's sunniest works
Isabelle Faust, violinist

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7:30 pm
Sun 11 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Oct 2020
classical music
Two key 20th-century composers sweep you off your feet with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Two key 20th-century composers sweep you off your feet with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Jan Lisiecki, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 15 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 15 Oct 2020
classical music
Enter the sanctuary of the concert hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enter the sanctuary of the concert hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Isata Kanneh-Mason, musician

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3:00 pm
Sun 25 Oct 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 25 Oct 2020
classical music
Meet a quintessentially Romantic trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Meet a quintessentially Romantic trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, composer

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6:00 pm
Thu 29 Oct 2020
6:00 pm | Thu 29 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter a musical world of beauty and tension with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Enter a musical world of beauty and tension with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 29 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Oct 2020
classical music
Music challenges tyranny in the Philharmonia Orchestra's tribute to the two composers
Music challenges tyranny in the Philharmonia Orchestra's tribute to the two composers
Louis Schwizgebel, pianist

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7:30 pm
Thu 05 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Nov 2020
classical music
American jazz meets an Old Testament tale in a concert of contrasts from the Philharmonia Orchestra
American jazz meets an Old Testament tale in a concert of contrasts from the Philharmonia Orchestra
Elim Chan, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 12 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 12 Nov 2020
classical music
From the piccolo to the contrabassoon, every musician in the Philharmonia Orchestra gets to shine
From the piccolo to the contrabassoon, every musician in the Philharmonia Orchestra gets to shine
Marie Hecker

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7:30 pm
Thu 19 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Nov 2020
classical music
Relish an essential masterpiece with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Relish an essential masterpiece with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 29 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Nov 2020
classical music
Herbert Blomstedt joins the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its 75th birthday celebrations
Herbert Blomstedt joins the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its 75th birthday celebrations
Tabita Berglund, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 06 Dec 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 06 Dec 2020
classical music
Head north with the Philharmonia Orchestra for an afternoon of Scandinavian classics
Head north with the Philharmonia Orchestra for an afternoon of Scandinavian classics
Riccardo Muti, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 10 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 10 Dec 2020
classical music
The Philharmonia and its former Principal Conductor raise the roof
The Philharmonia and its former Principal Conductor raise the roof
A reel of film sitting in snow
3:00 pm
Sun 13 Dec 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 13 Dec 2020
classical music
Don’t stay Home Alone this Christmas join the Philharmonia Orchestra for music from favourite Christmas films
Don’t stay Home Alone this Christmas join the Philharmonia Orchestra for music from favourite...
A trumpet and red baubles on top of sheet music
7:00 pm
Sun 13 Dec 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 13 Dec 2020
classical music
Start your Christmas celebrations with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Start your Christmas celebrations with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 04 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Feb 2021
classical music
Survey sweeping symphonic soundscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Survey sweeping symphonic soundscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Irene Theorin, soprano

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7:30 pm
Sun 07 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 07 Feb 2021
classical music
Greek tragedy strikes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Greek tragedy strikes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Rafael Payare, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 11 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Feb 2021
classical music
Settle in for two masterpieces of musical storytelling with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Settle in for two masterpieces of musical storytelling with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Laurence Equilbey, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 18 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Feb 2021
classical music
Take a musical voyage to Italy with Mendelssohn and the Philharmonia Orchestra
Take a musical voyage to Italy with Mendelssohn and the Philharmonia Orchestra
Gaspard the Fox
Various times
Sat 20 Feb 2021
Various times | Sat 20 Feb 2021
classical music
Two animal stories come to life for the whole family, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Two animal stories come to life for the whole family, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Tyshawn Sorey, composer
7:15 pm
Thu 25 Feb 2021
7:15 pm | Thu 25 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Meet a musical polymath with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Meet a musical polymath with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Víkingur Ólafsson, pianist
9:00 pm
Thu 25 Feb 2021
9:00 pm | Thu 25 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
One of today’s most versatile pianists joins the Philharmonia Orchestra
One of today’s most versatile pianists joins the Philharmonia Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 28 Feb 2021
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Feb 2021
classical music
Two key 20th-century composers are at their most playful in this Philharmonia Orchestra concert
Two key 20th-century composers are at their most playful in this Philharmonia Orchestra concert
Bryce Dessner, composer

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6:00 pm
Thu 04 Mar 2021
6:00 pm | Thu 04 Mar 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Venture into Dessner's haunting, graceful music with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Venture into Dessner's haunting, graceful music with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Han-na Chang, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 04 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 04 Mar 2021
classical music
Han-Na Chang conducts a work that would make many music-lovers' top ten
Han-Na Chang conducts a work that would make many music-lovers' top ten
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 11 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Mar 2021
classical music
Marvel at three giants in the pantheon of classical music, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Marvel at three giants in the pantheon of classical music, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
 Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali

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3:00 pm
Sun 21 Mar 2021
3:00 pm | Sun 21 Mar 2021
classical music
Embrace life's pleasures against the odds with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Embrace life's pleasures against the odds with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Juraj Valčuha, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 25 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Mar 2021
classical music
Feel shivers travel down your spine with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Feel shivers travel down your spine with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Joshua Bell, violinist

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7:30 pm
Sun 11 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Apr 2021
classical music
Experience the thrills of a pinnacle of the violin repertoire, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Experience the thrills of a pinnacle of the violin repertoire, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Leonidas, Kavakos, violinist

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7:30 pm
Thu 15 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 15 Apr 2021
classical music
Admire one of Beethoven's favourites of his own works with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Admire one of Beethoven's favourites of his own works with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Lisa Batiashvili. violinist

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3:00 pm
Sun 18 Apr 2021
3:00 pm | Sun 18 Apr 2021
classical music
Absorb music of peace and rapture with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Absorb music of peace and rapture with the Philharmonia Orchestra
John Wilson, conductor

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3:00 pm
Sun 25 Apr 2021
3:00 pm | Sun 25 Apr 2021
classical music
Stormy horns and shimmering harps resound in Russian music from the Philharmonia Orchestra
Stormy horns and shimmering harps resound in Russian music from the Philharmonia Orchestra
Pablo Ferrández, cellist

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7:30 pm
Thu 29 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 29 Apr 2021
classical music
Sit down to three courses with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Sit down to three courses with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Carlos Ferreira, clarinet

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7:30 pm
Thu 06 May 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 06 May 2021
classical music
It's a triple bill of undisputed classics with the Philharmonia Orchestra
It's a triple bill of undisputed classics with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Malin Byström

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7:30 pm
Sat 15 May 2021
7:30 pm | Sat 15 May 2021
classical music
Seductive, disturbing and shocking - music explores immorality, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Seductive, disturbing and shocking - music explores immorality, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
James Newton Howard, composer

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7:30 pm
Fri 04 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 04 Jun 2021
classical music
The lights go down for a selection of beguiling film scores, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
The lights go down for a selection of beguiling film scores, with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Thu 10 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 10 Jun 2021
classical music
Esa-Pekka Salonen presents his London finale as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen presents his London finale as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Kitty Whately, singer
7:30 pm
Fri 25 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 25 Jun 2021
classical music
Elgar’s choral masterpiece unfurls its wings with the Bach Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgar’s choral masterpiece unfurls its wings with the Bach Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra

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