Flagship series

Critically-acclaimed, visionary projects presented at London’s Southbank Centre.

View of Weimar Berlin cabaret at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Since 2008, under Esa-Pekka Salonen and other key conductors, the Philharmonia has created a succession of critically-acclaimed, visionary projects at Southbank Centre, distinctive for both their artistic scope and supporting live and digital content. Our flagship series have won awards, most recently the South Bank Sky Arts Award (2017, for Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals), for their focus on a composer, place or period in time as the basis of deep exploration of music and its cultural context.

“[Esa-Pekka Salonen] is one of the UK’s greatest musical assets – words not said lightly”

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer


Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis (2019)

Watch the first in a series of six films presented by Series Advisor Gavin Plumley

Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals (2016)

Watch a major documentary about Esa-Pekka Salonen's Stravinsky series

Featured projects

Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992 (2008)
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Watch films.

Vienna: City of Dreams (2008-9)
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Watch films.

The Tristan Project (2010)
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Watch film.

Lutoslawski: Woven Words (2013)
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Watch films.

Paris: City of Light (2014-15)
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Watch films.

Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals (2016)
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Watch films. Winner, South Bank Sky Arts Award.

Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 (2017-18)
Vladimir Ashkenazy. Watch films.

Weimar: Bittersweet Metropolis (2019)
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Watch films.

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen againt an all-black background, conducting

Upcoming series

In 2020/21, at Southbank Centre, Esa-Pekka Salonen presents a new three-concert series, Origin Stories: Greek Myth in Music