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Guide to Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, with a dynamic year-round festivals programme and an inclusive ethos.

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, founded with the Festival of Britain in 1951. It’s a place where people experience world-class art and culture that stimulates, inspires, educates and amazes.

Our festival programme encompasses art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. It reaches 6.25 million people a year, and encompasses over 5,000 events featuring world-class artists from across the globe.

Southbank Centre © India Roper Evans
Southbank Centre
© India Roper Evans
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AddressBelvedere Road
United Kingdom
ContainsPurcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall
Google maps51° 30' 23.964" N 0° 6' 54.406" W
March 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance
Royal Festival Hall © Tim Woodall
Royal Festival Hall
© Tim Woodall
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LondonVoices of Revolution: Workers & The State

© Keith Saunders
Mosolov, Prokofiev, Glière
Philharmonia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Nadezhda Gulitskaya; Behzod Abduraimov

LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Symphony of Psalms

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Symphony of Psalms
Stravinsky, Bernstein
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Thierry Fischer; Patricia Kopatchinskaja; London Philharmonic Choir

LondonBrahms Requiem

© Frank Vinken
Philharmonia Orchestra; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Elsa Dreisig; Michael Kraus; Philharmonia Chorus

LondonBach's St Matthew Passion

Bach's St Matthew Passion
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Mark Padmore; Roderick Williams; Katherine Watson; Claudia Huckle
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Sweet and savoury from the LPO

Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
An intelligently planned and generous programme featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Peter Donohoe in two neo-classical works by Stravinsky paired with two German Romantic works.
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Trifonov impresses, the LPO's Stravinsky doesn't

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Trifonov's rock solid technique is applied with finesse to one of the world's most popular concerti; Stravinsky's Fairy's Kiss doesn't transfer well to the concert platform.
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Intimacy and exuberance in Schumann and Chopin

Maurizio Pollini © Mathias Bothor | DG
With plenty of sparkle and spritz, Pollini laces his performances of Schumann and Chopin with intimacy and introspection in a programme of contrasting emotions.
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Heavenly Strauss from Damrau

Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay
With Damrau, one hears every word and her account of Strauss' Four Last Songs was memorable. 
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