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Santtu and Víkingur Ólafsson

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Pianist Vikingur Olafsson leaning on piano holding a feather.


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Víkingur Ólafsson – piano


Anna Clyne Masquerade Listen

John Adams Must the Devil have all the good tunes? Listen

— Interval —

Mahler Symphony No. 5 Listen

The Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali opens the season with the first of two Mahler symphonies. 

If you’ve only ever heard one piece of music by Gustav Mahler, it’s likely to be the Adagietto from his Fifth symphony. But there’s a lot more to Mahler 5 than that. Take a journey with the Philharmonia, ‘London’s Mahlerian orchestra par excellence’ (Bachtrack) from the sinister opening trumpet fanfare to the joyful affirmation of the finale.

John Adams describes his piano concerto, steeped in the sounds of American funk and rock music, as full of “tongue-in-cheek wickedness” and “outrageous virtuosity”. Perfect, then, for the outrageously talented Víkingur Ólafsson, “the new superstar of classical piano” (The Telegraph). 

First, enjoy Masquerade by Anna Clyne, the Philharmonia’s Featured Composer this season. This short, celebratory piece is inspired by London’s 18th-century pleasure gardens – the most famous of which was just down the river at Vauxhall.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)


Running time:

2 hrs 10 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Woman and man in a panel discussion.

Insights Talk

6pm, Royal Festival Hall

Hear more about this evening’s concert and the 2022/23 season from our President and Second Horn Kira Doherty and our Chief Executive Thorben Dittes.
Free, no ticket required.


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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