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

Esa-Pekka Salonen talks to BBC Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor about his Cello Concerto. FREE admission


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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 Ibéria, 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, Eleanor Wilkinson, Eunsley Park, Jan Regulski, Nicholas Bootiman, William Bender...


Muhly Clear Music

Bruch Octet for Strings in B flat major


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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 Lost Prayer Book for sheng and ensembleUK premiere


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Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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David Lopez Ibanez, Ana Teresa de Braga e Alves, Owen Nicolaou, Natalie Lurie, Luke Taylor, Daniel Gonzalez Estevez



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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


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, 9.30pmClore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, London

Two artists always seeking new adventures, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and Jay Gilligan, leader of the Juggling and Music course at Stockholm's University of the Arts, create a performance where music takes shape in gravity-defying movement and juggling seems to become sound. 


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Sunday 2 Jun 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Geoffrey Paterson conductor


Chia-Ying Lin Rubato

Alex Woolf Octet for mixed ensemble

Benjamin Ashby Some Mad Ideas


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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

Introducing the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis, series advisor Gavin Plumley talks to writer and broadcaster Philipp Blom, author of Fracture: Life and Culture in the West 1918–1938, about the Weimar Republic and its enduring


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Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Angela Denoke soprano


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Berg Three Pieces from “Wozzeck”, Hindemith Concerto for Orchestra, Weill Suite from Threepenny Opera...


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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

Frank Strobel conductor


Huppertz METROPOLIS: film screening with live orchestral accompaniment


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