Southbank Centre's 2019/20 classical season begins on 23 September 2019

Southbank Centre's 2019/20 season of concerts across its three world renowned venues begins on 23 September. With over 230 concerts, the season reflects Southbank Centre’s commitment to classical music and to celebrating its position as one of the UK’s most important venues for the arts.

Highlights include: 

  • Major series in 2020 celebrating 250 years since the birth of Beethoven

  • The return of Steve Reich’s Drumming to the Hayward Gallery, the site of its European premiere in 1972, headlines a season of music inspired by visual art and the Hayward Gallery’s major Bridget Riley retrospective

  • Concerts and exhibition celebrating Ravi Shankar centenary

  • Anoushka Shankar announced as Southbank Centre Associate Artist

  • Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Varèse’s complete works

  • International Orchestras include: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra double-bill; Bergen Philharmonic and Choir and an all-star cast in Britten’s Peter Grimes; Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

  • Over 30 new commissions and premieres and the launch of the first BBC Radio 3 Unclassified Live as part of a new ‘Contemporary Edit’

  • Southbank Centre to offer a free classical night out with the best in the business to audiences new to classical music. Marin Alsop, Nicola Benedetti, Colin Currie, Stephen Hough, Nico Muhly and Mark-Anthony Turnage amongst leading musicians and composers who will accompany classical music newcomers to concerts as part of innovative new Encounters scheme

  • 50,000 seats available for £15 or under, including many free events

A central commitment to audiences, including those new to classical music, lies at the heart of the season which features 230+ classical concerts and events in the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, as well as the Hayward Gallery and open foyers.

Read the full press release here