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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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Opera
Sun, 06/04/2017 - 09:38
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
Chamber & Recital
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:08
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:50
A closer look at Georg Friedrich Haas‘ in vain with the Royal Academy of Music's Head of Composition
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:52
Hear about the creative decisions behind in vain, and its political significance, from the composer
Orchestra
Classical music
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:08
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

1 Jul 2017

Classical music
Opera
Various times, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
See the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra in a concert staging of Elgar's greatest choral work

2 Jul 2017

Classical music
Opera
Various times, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
See the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra in a concert staging of Elgar's greatest choral work

4 Jul 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 4 Jul 2017
Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra

12 Jul 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 12 Jul 2017
Join us to hear five world premieres by Leverhulme Arts Scholars on the LPO Young Composers Programme

16 Jul 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
6:30 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Chineke! Orchestra return for their third year at Africa Utopia

22 Jul 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 22 Jul 2017
Three finalists battle it out as they compete in the concerto round of the 2017 competition

11 Sep 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 11 Sep 2017
Welcome to the essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to Indian classical music

23 Sep 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 23 Sep 2017
Sir Willard White, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Enescu’s powerful opera Oedipe

24 Sep 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
3:30 pm, 24 Sep 2017
Explore birdsong and man’s relationship with the natural world, in this Aurora Orchestra concert

25 Sep 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 25 Sep 2017
Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? The OAE explores Judas and Christ’s last days
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 25 Sep 2017
Simon Johnson, the organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, performs music by Bach and Reubke

27 Sep 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 27 Sep 2017
Jan Vogler and the LPO perform Britten’s Symphony for cello & orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

28 Sep 2017

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 28 Sep 2017
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Sibelius
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Classical music
Chamber & Recital
9:45 pm, 28 Sep 2017
Get a unique perspective on traditional Finnish music with these two performers

29 Sep 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 29 Sep 2017
See Sir Karl Jenkins conduct a superb concert of his own compositions. Part of RGL Great Composers and RGL Choral Masterpieces series

30 Sep 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 30 Sep 2017
Hear pianist Richard Goode play Mozart in this LPO concert, also featuring Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

1 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
3:00 pm, 1 Oct 2017
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia perform Mahler’s Third Symphony, an ode to nature

5 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 5 Oct 2017
Denis Kozhukhin and the Philharmonia perform Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Classical music
7:30 pm, 5 Oct 2017
The young French pianist, Bertrand Chamayou, makes his debut in our International Piano Series

6 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Oct 2017
Celebrate the very best film scores from two great 20th century composers. Part of the RGL Great Composers series.

8 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 8 Oct 2017
Hear the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Smetana’s Má vlast, dedicated to the city of Prague.

12 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 12 Oct 2017
The Philharmonia performs a live soundtrack to the masterpiece Battleship Potemkin

14 Oct 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 14 Oct 2017
Hear 20th-century music that explores spirituality as part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival

17 Oct 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 17 Oct 2017
Witness Alice Sara Ott's creative and distinctive presence at the piano

18 Oct 2017

Classical music
Opera
7:00 pm, 18 Oct 2017
The OAE performs Handel’s steamy, shocking opera Semele

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

Mitsuko Uchida credit Richard Avedon

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Mitsuko Uchida credit Richard Avedon
Portrait of Pianist, Mitsuko Uchida
28 Nov
Classical music
The great pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a series of Schubert's piano sonatas to London
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