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Just announced: Classical Season 2020/21

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London’s Southbank Centre is surely ambitious... [its] classical music season will embrace life, the universe and pretty much everything in between
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Last Night of Spring Proms audience and conductor with Union Jack flags
7:30 pm
Fri 29 May 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 29 May 2020
classical music
An evening of popular classics is crowned with a jubilant flag-waving Proms Finale
An evening of popular classics is crowned with a jubilant flag-waving Proms Finale
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sun 31 May 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 31 May 2020
classical music
Berlioz’s famous symphony finds its momentum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlioz’s famous symphony finds its momentum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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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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
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
Chelsea Opera Group Roberto Devereux
7:30 pm
Sat 27 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 27 Jun 2020
classical music
A 19th-century Italian opera about the Tudors? Catch Donizetti’s drama in concert
A 19th-century Italian opera about the Tudors? Catch Donizetti’s drama in concert
Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
6:00 pm
Sun 28 Jun 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 28 Jun 2020
classical music
Turbulent Brahms, soulful Sibelius and electrifying Bernstein: join us for a musical panorama
Turbulent Brahms, soulful Sibelius and electrifying Bernstein: join us for a musical panorama
Young girl playing the violin
7:00 pm
Sun 28 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 28 Jun 2020
classical music
The Royal College of Music Junior Department presents outstanding young soloists and ensembles
The Royal College of Music Junior Department presents outstanding young soloists and ensembles
Julian Jacobson, composer
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Jun 2020
classical music
Chopin’s Romanticism meets Ligeti’s abstract modernism with pianist Julian Jacobson
Chopin’s Romanticism meets Ligeti’s abstract modernism with pianist Julian Jacobson
Jess Gillam, saxophonist
7:30 pm
Thu 02 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 02 Jul 2020
classical music
Revel in the sounds of the saxophone with the former BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam
Revel in the sounds of the saxophone with the former BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam
Yulia Chaplina, pianist
7:45 pm
Sat 04 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 04 Jul 2020
classical music
In homage to the arts innovator, pianist Yulia Chaplina and cellist Riccardo Pes perform his preferred composers
In homage to the arts innovator, pianist Yulia Chaplina and cellist Riccardo Pes perform his...
RCMJD Chamber and Symphony Orchestras
7:00 pm
Sun 05 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 05 Jul 2020
classical music
Two astonishing young orchestras trumpet the talent of the Royal College of Music Junior Department
Two astonishing young orchestras trumpet the talent of the Royal College of Music Junior Department
English Arts Chorale
7:30 pm
Tue 07 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 07 Jul 2020
classical music
Travel back to the 1870s as the English Arts Chorale presents two works premiered within a year
Travel back to the 1870s as the English Arts Chorale presents two works premiered within a year
Daniel Wnukowski, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 07 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 07 Jul 2020
classical music
Sample Brahms’ miniatures, HK Gruber’s dark humour and nostalgic Korngold
Sample Brahms’ miniatures, HK Gruber’s dark humour and nostalgic Korngold
Anupama Bhagwat, sitarist
7:45 pm
Fri 18 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 18 Sep 2020
Intricately woven ragas meet inventive improvised tabla to celebrate 100 years of Ravi Shankar
Intricately woven ragas meet inventive improvised tabla to celebrate 100 years of Ravi Shankar
Mita Nag, sitarist
7:45 pm
Sat 19 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 19 Sep 2020
classical music
Speed, virtuosity and creativity light a fire under the music in this SitarFest concert
Speed, virtuosity and creativity light a fire under the music in this SitarFest concert
Ravi and Sukanya Shankar
1:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
1:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
talks & debates
The late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s wife shares candid insights into life with a legendary musician
The late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s wife shares candid insights into life with a legendary musician
Piano player
3:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
classical music
An all-Gershwin extravaganza bursting with Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes
An all-Gershwin extravaganza bursting with Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes
Roopa Panesar, sitaar player
6:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
classical music
Be transported by high-energy melodic and rhythmic improvisation on sitar and tabla
Be transported by high-energy melodic and rhythmic improvisation on sitar and tabla
Andrew Zolinsky, pianist
7:45 pm
Mon 21 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 21 Sep 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Copland's epic, visionary Piano Fantasy sits alongside premieres from Carla Bley and Ian Gardiner
Copland's epic, visionary Piano Fantasy sits alongside premieres from Carla Bley and Ian...
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Wed 23 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Sep 2020
classical music
The London Philharmonic Orchestra raises the curtain on its new season with a story of gothic excess
The London Philharmonic Orchestra raises the curtain on its new season with a story of gothic excess
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
Jordi Savall, conductor

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7:30 pm
Fri 25 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 25 Sep 2020
classical music
Step into the ravishingly beautiful world of the French baroque with musical pioneer Jordi Savall
Step into the ravishingly beautiful world of the French baroque with musical pioneer Jordi Savall
Edward Gardner, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 26 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 26 Sep 2020
classical music
Lift off with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, into realms of pure sonic ecstasy
Lift off with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, into realms of pure sonic ecstasy
Film still from The Lodger (1927), dir. Alfred Hitchcock
7:15 pm
Sun 27 Sep 2020
7:15 pm | Sun 27 Sep 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
See ‘the first true Hitchcock movie’ with a chill-inducing orchestral score by Neil Brand.
See ‘the first true Hitchcock movie’ with a chill-inducing orchestral score by Neil Brand.
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
Simone Lamsma, violinist

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7:30 pm
Wed 30 Sep 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Sep 2020
classical music
Trace the connections between 1811, 1911 and 2011 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Trace the connections between 1811, 1911 and 2011 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Frank Zappa, instrumentalist
7:30 pm
Thu 01 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from playful to nightmarish with Zappa’s zany masterpiece
Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from playful to nightmarish with Zappa’s zany masterpiece
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
A crowd at The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

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1:00 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Harriet Tubman: Scenes from a Life on stage

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7:30 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
performance & dance
A new opera inspired by one of the bravest human beings who ever lived
A new opera inspired by one of the bravest human beings who ever lived
Karina Canellakis, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
classical music
Follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra between 1812, 1912 and 2012
Follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra between 1812, 1912 and 2012
Child playing the violin in a workshop

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12:00 pm
Sun 04 Oct 2020
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Oct 2020
family & young people
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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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
Don’t worry about what to wear or when to clap; you’re there for the music
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
If you are a romantic at heart listen to this Spotify playlist and stir your inner emotions
Our Director of Music looks ahead to the Classical Season 2019/20
All you never knew about one of Germany’s oldest orchestras
Our Director of Music offers a personal guide to our 2018/19 Classical Season
In the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, a look at how even the darkest of subjects can inspire great musical works.
Listen to this Spotify playlist of eight classical pieces to get you in a festive mood
All you need to know about the Australian violinist, composer and conductor
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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blog: classical music

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Conductor Marin Alsop shares six reasons why the composer is more relevant today than ever
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The American conductor helps you gain an in depth look at the composer's most famous work
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Feel the joy with a playlist featuring some of the composer’s most brilliant works, including the well-known choral movement of his Ninth Symphony. 

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