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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
Fact file
AddressBelvedere Road
United Kingdom
ContainsPurcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall
Google maps51° 30' 23.964" N 0° 6' 54.406" W
January 2019
Evening performance
Matinee performance
Royal Festival Hall © Tim Woodall
Royal Festival Hall
© Tim Woodall
Preview 2018-2019

A wide-ranging season at London’s Southbank Centre

Karlheinz Stockhausen © Werner Scholz
A season with something for all musical tastes at London's Southbank Centre. 
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LondonEnsemble Modern, part of SoundState

© Katrin Schilling
Fure, Abbasi, Grütter, Žuraj, Gedizlioğlu
Vimbayi Kaziboni; Ensemble Modern

LondonEnsemble Modern, part of SoundState

© Vincent Stefan
Vimbayi Kaziboni; Ensemble Modern

LondonMusic Of Today: The Next Generation, part of SoundState

© Seiji Okumiya
Fujikura, Norman
Philharmonia Orchestra; Dalia Stasevska; Claire Chase

LondonPhilharmonia Orchestra - English Fantasia

© Ben Ealovega
Elgar, Gordon, Vaughan Williams, Britten
Philharmonia Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins; Laurent Ben Slimane
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SoundState: A bright future for new music at the Southbank

Marin Alsop © Adriane White

 Marin Alsop lead the London Philharmonic in a thrilling showcase for contemporary composition at the Southbank Centre's SoundState festival. 

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A quiet Siberian: Pavel Kolesnikov entrances QEH

Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
The antithesis of the flamboyant virtuoso, Kolesnikov displayed extraordinary eloquence in a reflective programme built around the Brahms Intermezzi.
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Sapiens: humanity in music

Jessica Cottis © Kaupo Kikkas
Two world premieres from Mark Bowden and Colin Matthews breath life into the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall.
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Blowing away the cobwebs: epic Strauss from Rouvali

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
Rouvali's role as the Phiharmonia's Principal Guest Conductor may prove to be one of the most exciting musical relationships in London, based on their remarkable performance of Eine Alpensinfonie that headlined an all-Strauss programme.
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