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Classical Season 2019/20

Southbank centre brings you a wealth of music performed by classical orchestras - both Resident and International - throughout September to June 2020.

This season’s highlights include the start of year-long celebrations to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday, featuring many of his major works performed across the season, an exploration into his wide-reaching influence curated by Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Beethoven & The Avant-Garde, and a new take on the final symphony with hundreds of participants joining our Associate Artist Marin Alsop in Beyond Beethoven 9.

You can also look forward to a series running in parallel to the blockbuster Bridget Riley exhibition in the Hayward Gallery, featuring concerts among the paintings themselves from Sean Shibe and the Colin Currie Group; an award-winning production of Peter Grimes from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner and an all-star cast led by Stuart Skelton; recitals from world-class artists including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Stephen Hough, Daniil Trifonov and Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Michael Tilson Thomas celebrating his 75th birthday and final season with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; and Hyperfutures, a weekend showcase for the complete works of visionary composer Edgard Varèse, conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

All this, plus free events, pre-concert talks, live-screenings, workshops and study days from the most exciting artists, conductors, orchestras and ensembles the world over.

To explore the full range of what's on offer you can download the full season guide on the Southbank centre website. 

Discover Southbank Centre


There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XX