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Welcome to our 2018/19 London Season at Southbank Centre.

Bringing together brilliant artists with some of the greatest music ever written, there is something for everyone to be thrilled, inspired or challenged by in over 40 concerts, free performances and talks. Come and see us live in the heart of London.

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Thursday 27 Sep 2018, 6pmPurcell Room, London

Pierre-André Valade conductor


Salome Kammer soprano

Hilary Summers alto


Hans Zender Cabaret Voltaire for soprano and orchestraUK premiere

Philippe Manoury Blackout - Monodramas for contralto and ensembleUK premiere


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Thursday 27 Sep 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Camilla Nylund soprano


Wagner Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death and Funeral March

Schoenberg Erwartung

Bruckner Symphony No. 6


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Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

An introduction to the evening's programme. FREE admission


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Sunday 30 Sep 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Wagner Prelude and Liebestod, Tristan und Isolde

Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht

Bruckner Symphony No. 7


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Sunday 28 Oct 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Rafael Payare conductor


Alexander Gavrylyuk piano


Brahms Academic Festival Overture

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Sibelius Symphony No. 2


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Thursday 1 Nov 2018, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Sarah Oates, Rebecca Chan, Richard Waters, Gijs Kramers, Karen Stephenson, Richard Birchall...


Boccherini Cello Quintet in A minor, Op. 25 No.6

Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (for String Septet)


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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

Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben


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Sunday 4 Nov 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Lahav Shani conductor


Francesco Piemontesi piano


Weber Overture, Oberon

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

Brahms Symphony No. 1


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Thursday 15 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

John Wilson conductor


Louis Schwizgebel piano


Richard Rodney Bennett Celebration

Gershwin Piano Concerto

Walton Symphony No. 1


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Thursday 22 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Jakub Hrůša conductor


Simon Trpčeski piano


Kabelac The Mystery of Time

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2

Dvořák Slavonic Dances, Op.46


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Thursday 29 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Long Yu conductor


Jian Wang cello


Glazunov Autumn' from The Seasons

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (Op. 33)

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor


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Thursday 6 Dec 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Sophie Bevan soprano


Richard Strauss Suite, Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss Four Last Songs

Richard Strauss An Alpine Symphony


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Sunday 9 Dec 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor


Piotr Anderszewski piano


Mendelssohn Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24, K491

Elgar Enigma Variations


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Thursday 13 Dec 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Stephen Cleobury conductor


Choir Of King's College, Cambridge choir

Crouch End Festival Chorus choir



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Sunday 16 Dec 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Pete Harrison conductor


Lauren Samuels guest singer

Nadim Naaman guest singer


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Alan Silvestri Concert Suite, The Polar Express, Broughton Main Title' from Miracle on 34th Street, Blake Walking in the Air' from The Snowman...


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Sunday 20 Jan 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Martyn Brabbins conductor


Laurent Ben Slimane bass clarinet


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Elgar Introduction and Allegro, Geoffrey Gordon Prometheus, Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra, Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis...


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Sunday 20 Jan 2019, 8pmPurcell Room, London

Dalia Stasevska conductor


Claire Chase flute


Dai Fujikura Concerto for flute and ensembleUK premiere

Andrew Norman Try for ensemble


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Thursday 24 Jan 2019, 6pmClore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, London

Alice Sara Ott and Santtu-Matias Rouvali in conversation with a member of the Orchestra. FREE admission


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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, Sibelius Valse triste...


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Sunday 3 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Paavo Järvi conductor


Radu Lupu


Beethoven Overture, Coriolan

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2


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Thursday 7 Feb 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Organist James McVinnie introduces the evening's programme. FREE admission


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Thursday 7 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Peter Eötvös conductor


Iveta Apkalna organ

László Fassang Hammond organ


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Schoenberg Accompaniment to an Imaginary Film Scene, Op. 34, Bartók Dance Suite, Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements...


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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, Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet...


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Sunday 17 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Jakub Hrůša conductor


Denis Kozhukhin piano


Kodály Dances of Galánta

Grieg Piano Concerto

Dvořák Slavonic Dances, Op.72


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Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Adrián Varela, Jan Regulski, Gijs Kramers, Eric Villeminey


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Bach Contrapunctus 1 from The Art of Fugue, Bach Contrapunctus 14a from The Art of Fugue, Bach Choral Aus Meines Herzens Grunde, BWV 269...


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Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Philippe Herreweghe conductor


Bertrand Chamayou piano


Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, K488

Mozart Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, K551


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Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 6pmClore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, London

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Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Truls Mørk cello


Sibelius The Oceanides

Esa-Pekka Salonen Cello Concerto

Bartók Concerto For Orchestra


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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, Franco Donatoni ESA (In cauda V)...


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Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Douglas Boyd conductor


Jonathan Biss piano


Mozart Overture, The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, K453

Schubert Symphony No. 9, The Great


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Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Fabrizio Falasca, Sarah Oates, Yukiko Ogura, Eric Villeminey, Karen Stephenson, Heidi Krutzen


Muhly Clear Music

Chausson String Quartet in C minor, Op.35


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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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Friday 5 Apr 2019, 6pmQueen Elizabeth Hall, London

Jonathan Stockhammer conductor


Wu Wei sheng


Jukka Tiensuu Hehkuu for sheng and ensembleUK premiere

Guoping Jia The Wind Sounds in the Sky for sheng, cello & percussion

Ondřej Adámek New work for sheng and ensembleUK premiere


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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, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

O'Neill Bach's Fizz Overture

Bartók Hungarian Folk Songs for piano arr. for wind ensemble

Bartók Préludes from Books 1 & 2 for piano arr. for wind ensemble


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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


Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmila

Glazunov Violin Concerto in A minor (Op. 82)

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10


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Saturday 11 May 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Paavo Järvi conductor


Viktoria Mullova violin


Beethoven Overture, Egmont

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Pathétique


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Thursday 16 May 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Rebecca Chan, Eugene Lee, Richard Waters, Ella Rundle


Schubert Quartettsatz No. 12 in C minor, D.703

Mendelssohn String Quartet in F Minor


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Thursday 16 May 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Jakub Hrůša conductor


Karen Gomyo violin


Schubert Symphony No. 8, Unfinished

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Brahms Symphony No. 3


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Thursday 30 May 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Pekka Kuusisto violin


John Adams The Chairman Dances

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Stravinsky Petrushka (1947)


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Thursday 30 May 2019, 9.45pmClore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, London

Pekka Kuusisto leads a free performance in the Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre following the evening’s main concert programme.
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Sunday 2 Jun 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Geoffrey Paterson conductor


Chia-Ying Lin New work

Alex Woolf New work

Benjamin Ashby New work


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Sunday 2 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor


Nicola Benedetti violin


Mendelssohn Overture, The Hebrides

Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


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Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


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Philharmonia Voices, Simon McBurney, Gerard McBurney


Hindemith Murder, Hope of Women

Hindemith/Weill Lindbergh’s Flight

Weill The Seven Deadly Sins


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Thursday 13 Jun 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Titus Engel conductor


Martin Smolka Hats in the SkyUK premiere

Martin Smolka En tractantUK premiere


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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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