Season 18/19 london

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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


Zender Cabaret Voltaire for soprano and orchestra

Manoury Blackout - Monodramas for contralto and ensemble


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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


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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


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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


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Bennett Celebration, Gershwin Piano Concerto...


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Thursday 22 Nov 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Jakub Hrůša conductor


Simon Trpčeski piano


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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


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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


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


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Sunday 20 Jan 2019, 6pmPurcell Room, London

Dalia Stasevska conductor


Claire Chase flute


Fujikura Concerto for flute and ensemble

Norman Try for ensemble


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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


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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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Friday 5 Apr 2019, 6pmQueen Elizabeth Hall, London

Jonathan Stockhammer conductor


Wu Wei sheng


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Tiensuu Hehkuu for sheng and ensemble, Jia The Wind Sounds in the Sky for sheng, cello & percussion...


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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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