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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
May 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance
Royal Festival Hall © Tim Woodall
Royal Festival Hall
© Tim Woodall
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LondonICMS: The Trout Quintet

© Decca | Sophie Wright
Brahms, Schubert
Benjamin Grosvenor; Hyeyoon Park; Brett Dean; Kian Soltani

LondonInternational Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker

© Monika Rittershaus
Abrahamsen, Bruckner
Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle

LondonInternational Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker

© Monika Rittershaus
Widmann, Lutosławski, Brahms
Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle

LondonBerlioz: Symphonie fantastique

© Julia Wesely
Dukas, Rachmaninov, Berlioz
Philharmonia Orchestra; Paavo Järvi; Khatia Buniatishvili
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La dolce vita and Sommerfrische with the Philharmonia

Daniele Gatti © Marco Borggreve
Italian sunshine and Austrian spring days evoked in a programmes containing two symphonies at the Royal Festival Hall. 
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Strauss on screen: the OAE presents Rosenkavalier

Charlotte Beament © Boyd Gilmour
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment resurrected with 1926 silent film of Strauss' Viennese comedy – with the lost ending pieced together – and gave a commendable performance of the reduced score.
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Mischief and mastery: Ligeti concertos from Aurora Orchestra

Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Marco Borggreve | Deutsche Grammophon
Not even the BAFTAs going on next door offered the star quality on display in the QEH.
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Flamboyant Liszt, bold Brahms from Khatia Buniatishvili

Khatia Buniatishvili © Julia Wesely
Famed for her Liszt, the Georgian pianist also impressed with weighty, dignified Brahms in her International Piano Series recital.
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