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Guide to Southbank Centre

Fact file
AddressBelvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
ContainsHayward Gallery
Purcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall
Google maps51° 30' 23.964" N 0° 6' 54.406" W

Southbank Centre occupies a 17-acre site in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. This includes Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. We also curate the outdoor spaces along the riverfront and around our venues.

We believe art has the power to help create a better world for everyone. It was this belief that led to our creation in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain – a major exhibition and festival that gave the nation hope for a brighter future.

Today, millions of people gather at our events each year to enjoy culture from around the world, making us the UK's seventh most popular visitor attraction. We put on over 3,000 concerts, gigs, exhibitions, shows and debates every year, half of them for free. We also work with thousands of children and young people.

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LondonGreat English Classics

Walton, Delius, Parry, Butterworth, Elgar, Handel, Rutter, Holst, Monk, Vaughan Williams
Philharmonia Orchestra; Hilary Davan Wetton; Thomas Gould; Alan Titchmarsh; City of London Choir

LondonMerry pranks

Merry pranks
Brahms, Elgar, Strauss R.
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Yefim Bronfman

LondonAshkenazy conducts Shostakovich 10

© Marco Borggreve
Glinka, Glazunov, Shostakovich
Philharmonia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Esther Yoo

LondonMcCarthy, Vaughan Williams, Barber

McCarthy, Vaughan Williams, Barber
McCarthy, Vaughan Williams, Barber
London Orchestra da Camera; David Temple; Hertfordshire Chorus; Coldfall School Choir; Eagle House School Choir
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Wilson and the OAE return a “not guilty” verdict

Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
A classy and charming adventure through Gilbert & Sullivan with the OAE and John Wilson .
***11
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The elixir of love: Blomstedt conducts the Philharmonia

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
As spry as ever at 91, Herbert Blomstedt returns to the Philharmonia for an energetic "Eroica" Symphony with plenty of brio. 
*****
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Day trips: Beethoven and Berlioz from Herbert Blomstedt

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann

The veteran Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt proved an illuminating tour guide through a pair of early 19th-century programmatic symphonies.

****1
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From the comfort of one's very own chair

Stephen Hough © Jiyang Chen
Tired of looking at the same wallpaper all the time? The London Philharmonic and their conductor Edward Gardner, together with soloist Stephen Hough, offer one way to see (part of) the world.
***11
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