Residencies southbank centre

The Philharmonia Orchestra presents a full season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall each season, our home since 1996.

The London Season encompasse major projects with our Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen; Sunday matinees; Philharmonia at the Movies; and free pre-evening concert series Music of Today and the Philharmonia Chamber Players.

Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Long Yu conductor


Serena Wang piano

Xiaoshuijing Farmers' Choir


Programme to include:

Li Spring Festival Overture, Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1...


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Sunday 4 Mar 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Carl Davis conductor


Davis The Divine Woman

Davis The Mysterious Lady


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Tuesday 6 Mar 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

David Hill conductor


Soloists include:

Carolyn Sampson, Kathryn Rudge, Andrew Tortise, James Platt, The Bach Choir


Programme to include:

Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, Copland Quiet City...


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Friday 16 Mar 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Brian Wright conductor


Soloists include:

Tom Poster, Claire Rutter, Christine Rice, Peter Auty, James Rutherford, Goldsmiths Choral Union


Programme to include:

Beethoven Overture, Egmont, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor...


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Thursday 22 Mar 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Series consultant Martin Sixsmith in conversation with Professor of Music History, Marina Frolova-Walker. FREE admission


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Thursday 22 Mar 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor


Behzod Abduraimov piano

Nadezhda Gulitskaya soprano


Programme to include:

Mosolov The Iron Foundry, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3...


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Sunday 25 Mar 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor


Soloists include:

Elsa Dreisig, Michael Kraus, Philharmonia Chorus


Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem


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Thursday 12 Apr 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Soloists include:

Eleanor Wilkinson, Richard Waters, Eric Villeminey, Helen Crayford


Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25


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Thursday 12 Apr 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


David Fray piano


Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

Mahler Symphony No. 1


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Sunday 15 Apr 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Joana Mallwitz conductor


Nika Gorič soprano


Programme to include:

Žuraj Aftertouch for ensemble, UK premiere Žuraj Quiet, please...


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Sunday 15 Apr 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Philharmonia Voices

Trinity Boys Choir


Programme to include:

Biber Battalia, Beethoven Symphony No. 2...


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Saturday 28 Apr 2018, 7pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

André de Ridder conductor


Philharmonia Voices


Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey


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Sunday 29 Apr 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor


James Ehnes violin


Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich Symphony No. 4


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Thursday 3 May 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

David Hill conductor


Soloists include:

Hilary Summers, Simon Ponsford, The Bach Choir


Programme to include:

Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Barber Agnus Dei (no orchestra)...


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Thursday 10 May 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Adrian Partington conductor


Soloists include:

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Eleanor Dennis, Gloucester Choral Society, Oxford Bach Choir


Programme to include:

Parry I was glad, Elgar Cello Concerto...


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Thursday 17 May 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Ivor Setterfield conductor


Barts Choir


Programme to include:

Parry I was glad, Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2...


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Sunday 20 May 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor


Soloists include:

Pekka Kuusisto, David Butt Philip, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Philharmonia Voices, Students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama


Programme to include:

Prokofiev Seven, they are Seven, Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1...


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Monday 21 May 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Andrew Greenwood conductor


Joseph Calleja tenor



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Thursday 24 May 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Gergely Madaras conductor


Anu Komsi soprano


Mason Layers of Love

Mason Man Made for soprano and chamber orchestraWorld premiere


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Thursday 24 May 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Daniele Gatti conductor


Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Italian

Brahms Symphony No. 2


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Sunday 3 Jun 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Soloists include:

Tamás Sándor, Emily Davis, Yukiko Ogura, Richard Birchall, Heidi Krutzen, Laurent Ben Slimane...


Programme to include:

Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Debussy Danses Sacrées et Profanes...


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Sunday 3 Jun 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Paavo Järvi conductor


Denis Kozhukhin piano


Programme to include:

Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3...


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Thursday 7 Jun 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Anna-Maria Helsing conductor


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Austin Leung title to be announced, World premiere Freya Waley-Cohen title to be announcedWorld premiere...


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Thursday 7 Jun 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Christoph von Dohnányi conductor


Arabella Steinbacher violin


Programme to include:

Haydn Symphony No. 12, Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, K219...


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Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Han-Na Chang conductor


Sunwook Kim piano


Programme to include:

Rossini Overture, William Tell, Grieg Piano Concerto...


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Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley on Schoenberg's Gurrelieder. FREE admission 


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Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Soloists include:

Alwyn Mellor, Michelle DeYoung, Robert Dean Smith, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, David Soar, Barbara Sukowa...


Schoenberg Gurrelieder


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Thursday 27 Sep 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Camilla Nylund soprano


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Wagner Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death and Funeral March, Schoenberg Erwartung...


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Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


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Wagner Prelude and Liebestod, Tristan und Isolde, Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht...


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Sunday 28 Oct 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Rafael Payare conductor


Alexander Gavrylyuk piano


Programme to include:

Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1...


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Thursday 1 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Edward Gardner conductor


Leif Ove Andsnes piano


Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Strauss Ein Heldenleben


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Sunday 4 Nov 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Lahav Shani conductor


Francesco Piemontesi piano


Programme to include:

Weber Overture, Oberon, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor...


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Thursday 15 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

John Wilson conductor


Louis Schwizgebel piano


Programme to include:

Bennett Celebration, Gershwin Piano Concerto...


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Thursday 22 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Jakub Hrůša conductor


Simon Trpčeski piano


Programme to include:

Kabelac The Mystery of Time, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2...


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Thursday 29 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Long Yu conductor


Jian Wang cello


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Glazunov Autumn' from The Seasons, Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (Op. 33)...


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Thursday 6 Dec 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Sophie Bevan soprano


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Strauss Suite, Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss Four Last Songs...


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Sunday 9 Dec 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor


Piotr Anderszewski piano


Programme to include:

Mendelssohn Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24, K491...


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Thursday 13 Dec 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Stephen Cleobury conductor


Choir Of King's College, Cambridge choir



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Sunday 16 Dec 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Pete Harrison conductor



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Sunday 20 Jan 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Martyn Brabbins conductor


Laurent Ben Slimane bass clarinet


Programme to include:

Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Gordon Prometheus, Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra...


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Thursday 24 Jan 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Alice Sara Ott piano


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Ravel La valse, Ravel Piano Concerto in G...


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Sunday 3 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Paavo Järvi conductor


Radu Lupu


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Beethoven Overture, Coriolan, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4...


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Thursday 7 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Peter Eötvös conductor


Iveta Apkalna organ

László Fassang organ


Programme to include:

Schoenberg Accompaniment to an Imaginary Film Scene, Bartók Dance Suite...


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Thursday 14 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Christian Schumann conductor


Anna Fedorova piano


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Verdi Prelude to Act I, La traviata, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2...


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Sunday 17 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Jakub Hrůša conductor


Denis Kozhukhin piano


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Kodály Dances of Galánta, Grieg Piano Concerto...


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Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Philippe Herreweghe conductor


Bertrand Chamayou piano


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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, K488...


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Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Truls Mørk cello


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Sibelius The Oceanides, Salonen Cello Concerto...


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Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Marianne Crebassa mezzo soprano


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Debussy Iberia, Berio Folk Songs...


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Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Douglas Boyd conductor


Jonathan Biss piano


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Mozart Overture, The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, K453...


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Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Xian Zhang conductor


Alina Pogostkina violin


Brahms Violin Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5


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Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Yuri Temirkanov conductor


Denis Matsuev piano


Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich Symphony No. 7, Leningrad


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Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Herbert Blomstedt conductor


Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique


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Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Herbert Blomstedt conductor


Mozart Symphony No. 40, K550

Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica


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Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor


Esther Yoo violin


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Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmila, Glazunov Violin Concerto in A minor (Op. 82)...


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Saturday 11 May 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Paavo Järvi conductor


Viktoria Mullova violin


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Beethoven Overture, Egmont, Sibelius Violin Concerto...


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Thursday 16 May 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Jakub Hrůša conductor


Karen Gomyo violin


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Schubert Symphony No. 8, Unfinished, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto...


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Thursday 30 May 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Pekka Kuusisto violin


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Adams The Chairman Dances, Stravinsky Violin Concerto...


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Sunday 2 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor


Nicola Benedetti violin


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Mendelssohn Overture, The Hebrides, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1...


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Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Audra McDonald mezzo soprano



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Thursday 13 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Huppertz METROPOLIS: film screening with live orchestral accompaniment


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A short film about Play On, a unique project bringing together pupils and staff from Hounslow and Kingston music services and musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra which culminated in a performance on 12 June 2012 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Ce