2021/2022 London Season

Booking for February – June concerts opens for Friends of the Philharmonia at 10am on Thursday 4 November. General booking opens Thursday 11 November.

Principal Conductor Santtu Matias-Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia

It’s an exciting time for the Philharmonia: we have a new Principal Conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, and we’re able to give large-scale concerts for a live audience again. We can’t wait to play for you.

We’ve got some great musical experiences in store, from epic symphonies by Mahler and Bruckner to a new commission by Isobel Waller-Bridge. The 80+ fantastic musicians of the Philharmonia are joined by violinists Pekka Kuusisto, Nicola Benedetti and Joshua Bell, and pianists Maria João Pires, Nobuyuki Tsujii and Benjamin Grosvenor. Our Human / Nature series focusses on how composers across the centuries have been inspired by the natural world – find out more here.

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Concert

Nutcracker: Santtu conducts Tchaikovsky

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Yefim Bronfman – piano

  • Rossini Semiramide Overture
  • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Philharmonia on stage
Concert

Grand Christmas Classics

Programme features well-loved carols including Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Once in Royal David’s City, Joy to the World, and more

Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Christmas at the Movies
Concert

Christmas at the Movies

Programme features music from classic festive films, including Elf, Home Alone and The Polar Express

Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Concert

Handel's Messiah

Brian Wright – conductor
Rebecca Bottone – soprano
Kathryn Rudge – mezzo-soprano
Oliver Johnston – tenor
William Thomas – bass

Goldsmiths Choral Union
Highgate Choral Society
English Concert Chorus

  • Handel Messiah
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Steven Isserlis on stage
Concert

Steven Isserlis plays Haydn

Philippe Herreweghe – conductor
Steven Isserlis – cello

  • Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4
  • Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1
  • Mozart Symphony No. 39
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Principal Conductor Santtu Matias-Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia
Concert

Santtu conducts Scheherazade

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Alexandre Kantorow – piano

  • Ravel Boléro
  • Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday 4 November. General booking opens Thursday 11 November.

Violinist James Ehnes in focused performance.
Concert

John Wilson conducts Elgar

John Wilson – conductor
James Ehnes – violin

  • Walton Violin Concerto
  • Elgar Symphony No. 1
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday 4 November. General booking opens Thursday 11 November.

A frolic young fox running in a park.
Family concert

Gaspard's Foxtrot

Joel Sandelson – conductor
Zeb Soanes – narrator

  • Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
  • Jonathan Dove Gaspard’s Foxtrot
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday 4 November. General booking opens Thursday 11 November.

Conductor Eun Sun Kim holding her baton.
Concert

Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Eun Sun Kim – conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor – piano

  • Wagner Siegfried Idyll
  • Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Dvořák Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Horn player Kira Doherty
Small-ensemble performance

Philharmonia Chamber Players: Mozart & Poulenc

Timothy Rundle – oboe
Laurent Ben Slimane – clarinet
Luke Whitehead – bassoon
Kira Doherty – horn
Elizabeth Burley – piano

  • Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
  • Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds
Royal Festival Hall

More info No ticket required
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii at the piano
Concert

Santtu conducts Tchaikovsky

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Nobuyuki Tsujii – piano

  • Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini
  • Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Live screening

Philharmonia at the Movies: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

  • John Williams E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Wu Wei playing the sheng.
Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: How Forests Think

Manoj Kamps – conductor
Wu Wei – sheng

  • Liza Lim How Forests Think
Purcell Room

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Jakub Hrůša conducting the Philharmonia.
Concert

Hrůša conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Jakub Hrůša – conductor
Johanni van Oostrum – soprano
Hanna Hipp – mezzo soprano
Nicky Spence – tenor
Soloman Howard – bass

  • Voříšek Symphony in D
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 9, 'Choral'
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Violinist holding his instrument smiling in Central Park.
Concert

Pictures of Russia

Stanislav Kochanovsky – conductor
Gil Shaham – violin

  • Shostakovich October
  • Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
  • Mussorgsky orch. Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Principal violist Yukiko Ogura in performance.
Small-ensemble performance

Philharmonia Chamber Players: Prodigy and Fantasy

Benjamin Marquise Gilmore – violin
Rebecca Chan – violin
William Bender – viola
Yukiko Ogura – viola
Alexander Rolton – cello
Tom Blomfield – oboe

  • Mendelssohn String Quintet No. 1
  • Britten Phantasy Quartet Op. 2
Royal Festival Hall

More info No ticket required
Violinist Nicola Benedetti in focused performance.
Concert

Nicola Benedetti plays Brahms

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Nicola Benedetti – violin

  • Brahms Violin Concerto
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad'
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Philharmonia musicians Robin O'Neill and Mark van de Wiel.
Small-ensemble performance

Philharmonia Chamber Players: Flamenco to Foxtrot

  • Albéniz Asturias (Leyenda)
  • Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Gershwin Three Preludes
  • Ravel Five O'Clock Fox-Trot
  • Gershwin Walking the Dog
  • Chabrier España
Royal Festival Hall

More info No ticket required
Violinist Joshua Bell in blue shirt smiling.
Concert

Joshua Bell plays Dvořák

Paavo Järvi – conductor
Joshua Bell – violin

  • Sibelius Symphony No. 7
  • Dvořák Violin Concerto
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Conductor Marin Alsop in performance.
Concert

Alsop conducts Britten and Shostakovich

Marin Alsop – conductor
Arabella Steinbacher – violin

  • Jessie Montgomery Strum
  • Britten Violin Concerto
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Pianist Maria João Pires smiling brightly.
Concert

Herbert Blomstedt & Maria João Pires

Herbert Blomstedt – conductor
Maria João Pires – piano

  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488
  • Bruckner Symphony No. 7 (Nowak edition)
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday 4 November. General booking opens at 10am on Thursday 11 November.

Principal Conductor Santtu Matias-Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia.
Concert

Santtu conducts Mahler

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Erin Morley – soprano
tbc – mezzo-soprano
Philharmonia Chorus

  • Mahler Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday 4 November. General booking opens at 10 am on Thursday 11 November.