Put yourself at the heart of the action for just £10.

RINGSIDE SEATS

Put yourself at the heart of the action for just £10.

Sit ringside at Royal Festival Hall for just a tenner, and experience the thrill of a live symphony orchestra – the Philharmonia – in full flow.

We guarantee you great music and great seats within a few metres of the stage.

And for fun we’ll keep your exact seats a secret until the day: you could be in the front row, in the choir stalls right behind the trumpets – or even in a box.

Book in just a few clicks: no transaction fee; no postage; no fuss.

HOW IT WORKS

  • £10 a seat
  • Save up to £18.50 per ticket
  • Book up to 4 seats per concert (all seats will be allocated together)
  • No transaction fees or postage costs
  • Pick up your tickets on the night from our friendly front-of-house team
  • A wide range of live music to choose from
  • Limited availability: up to 100 seats per concert
  • Concerts on Thursdays or Sundays

Thursday 26 Sep 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Christian Tetzlaff violin


Hindemith Rag Time (well-tempered)

Bach arr. Schoenberg Two Chorale Preludes

Berg Violin Concerto

Hindemith Symphony: Mathis der Maler

During the Weimar era, boundaries between artforms weren’t just stretched, they were smashed. In this concert Bach collides with Ragtime, the death of an architect’s daughter inspires a Violin Concerto, and medieval paintings shape a symphony.


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Sunday 29 Sep 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Christian Tetzlaff violin

Rebecca Nelsen soprano


Busoni Two Studies for Doktor Faust

Weill Concerto for Violin, Wind Orchestra and Double Bass

Berg Lulu Suite

Hindemith Dances from Das Nusch-Nuschi

Our trip through Weimar culture comes to a mind-bending end with music from a ballet with roles for Burmese mythical beasts and wobbling eunuchs. That’s after extracts from two operas full of destructive lust and seduction, and a violin concerto where the soloist is the only string player on stage.  


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Sunday 20 Oct 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor


Tamara Stefanovich piano


Brahms Academic Festival Overture

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27, K595

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, Scottish

We all know a holiday helps us feel more creative, but not many of us actually come home and compose a masterpiece people will still be enjoying nearly two centuries later. Mendelssohn did – a visit to the ruins of Holyrood Palace and a hike on the stunning west coast back in 1829 had him brimming with ideas for his Scottish Symphony.  


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Thursday 24 Oct 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Elim Chan conductor


Sol Gabetta cello


Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

Let the music transport you – first to the Suffolk coast in the company of composer Benjamin Britten, then down the river Volga, as Tchaikovsky weaves Russian folk tunes into a symphony. Pause on your journey to hear musical sparks fly as charismatic cellist Sol Gabetta takes on one of the trickiest but most exciting cello concertos in the repertoire.  


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Sunday 3 Nov 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Nikolai Lugansky piano


Stravinsky Fireworks

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, excerpts

No need to choose between discovering a Finnish hero, enjoying a night at the ballet, or hearing one of today’s top pianists. We’ve rolled all three into one enticing evening featuring our next Principal Conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali.


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Thursday 7 Nov 2019, 7pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Frank Strobel conductor


Crouch End Festival Chorus choir


Walton Henry V

“Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and St George’!” With words by William Shakespeare, acting and direction by Laurence Olivier, and music by William Walton played live by the Philharmonia, this groundbreaking 1943 film is a Technicolor treat for cinephiles, Shakespeare fans and curious culture vultures alike. 


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Thursday 14 Nov 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Pablo Heras-Casado conductor


Denis Kozhukhin piano


Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole

Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Boulanger D'un soir triste

Debussy Images

Trade dark autumnal London for the warmth and colour of Andalusia, and watch piano genius Denis Kozhukhin play one-handed. Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was commissioned by a concert pianist who lost an arm in the First World War but refused to let that stop him.


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Thursday 21 Nov 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Philippe Herreweghe conductor


Thomas Zehetmair violin


Beethoven Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Schubert Symphony No. 5

Schubert was just 19 and, according to his diary, “infatuated with Mozart”, when he composed his Fifth symphony. It’s an astonishing achievement for such a young man, brimming with youthful sunshine and memorable melodies. We’ve paired it with Beethoven’s glorious Violin Concerto, in the hands of one of its all-time great interpreters, Thomas Zehetmair.


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