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Classical Season 2017/18

23 Sep 2017 - 4 Jul 2018

Welcome to a new season of classical music at Southbank Centre. Visits from Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, are among the highlights of a rich and varied season.

In spring 2018 we re-open the refurbished and upgraded Queen Elizabeth Hall. We're celebrating with new music from Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and looking back at milestones in the venue's history with performances of Steve Reich's Different Trains and Schubert's Trout Quintet.

We're proud to announce pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as our newest Associate Artist. He has programmed Ligeti in Wonderland, a weekend of concerts and talks where you can step inside the adventurous world of this pioneering composer.

The Orgelbüchlein Project – a mission to complete Bach's set of organ miniatures, and two tasters from the Berliner Philharmoniker's tapas series – commissions under six minutes long, bring you brief encounters with the music of the 21st century.

Many of this year's concerts form part of two festivals: Belief and Beyond Belief explores what it means to be human in the 21st century, and Nordic Matters takes a look at what's happening in Nordic art, culture and society.

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7:30 pm | 11 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Welcome to the essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to Indian classical music
7:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Sir Willard White, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Enescu’s powerful opera Oedipe
3:30 pm | 24 Sep 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Explore birdsong and man’s relationship with the natural world, in this Aurora Orchestra concert
7:00 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? The OAE explores Judas and Christ’s last days
7:30 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Simon Johnson, the organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, performs music by Bach and Reubke
7:30 pm | 27 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Jan Vogler and the LPO perform Britten’s Symphony for cello & orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Free

Various times | 28 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Art
Classical music
Take the best seat in the house for this Philharmonia Orchestra virtual reality experience
7:30 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Sibelius

Free

9:45 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Get a unique perspective on traditional Finnish music with these two performers
7:30 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
See Sir Karl Jenkins conduct a superb concert of his own compositions. Part of RGL Great Composers and RGL Choral Masterpieces series

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Sun, 06/04/2017 - 09:38
Opera
The lighting designer explains the concept behind English National Opera's performance of The Dream of Gerontius
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:20
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:08
Chamber & Recital
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:50
Orchestra
Classical music
A closer look at Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain with the Royal Academy of Music's Head of Composition
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:52
Orchestra
Classical music
Hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, and its political significance, from the composer
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:08
Orchestra
Classical music
Listen to a specially created Spotify playlist, giving a glimpse into the composer's eclectic taste
Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:55
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:18
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:20
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:43
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 18:01
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 17:50
Contemporary Classical
Discover the most unusual performance the composer and musician has been part of
Fri, 03/31/2017 - 15:11
Contemporary Classical
Composer and musician Mica Levi shares the musical influences behind her score to Under the Skin
Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:54
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
Fri, 03/10/2017 - 18:05
Gender Politics & Equality
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Award-winning journalist and black feminist Reni writes about class, race, gender and social justice
Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:30
Gender Politics & Equality
Talks & Topics
Read how the Swedish mansplaining hotline caused a domestic stir
Wed, 03/08/2017 - 18:53
Gender Politics & Equality
Global Culture & Ethnicity
The American civil rights advocate and leading scholar shares a few words
Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:22
Gender Politics & Equality
Global Culture & Ethnicity
We asked Fatima about the challenges women face, and their hopes for the future
Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:23
Hear what conductor Marin Alsop and participants had to about their experience of Southbank Centre's Women in Music Series in January 2017
Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:27
Hear maestro Maurizio Pollini speak about his second Royal Festival Hall recital, coming up this March

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14 Oct
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear 20th-century music that explores spirituality as part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival

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Paul Lewis credit Josep Molina
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23 Jan
Classical music
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