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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.

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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LondonJakub Hrůša: Dvořák and Grieg

© Marco Borggreve
Kodály, Grieg, Dvořák
Philharmonia Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Denis Kozhukhin

LondonHerreweghe conducts Mozart and Bach

© Michiel Hendryckx
Bach, Mozart
Philharmonia Orchestra; Philippe Herreweghe; Bertrand Chamayou

LondonPhilharmonia Chamber Players: Bach, Stravinsky & Piazzolla

© Beth Walsh
Bach, Stravinsky, Piazzolla
Philharmonia Chamber Players

LondonPoetry and passion

Poetry and passion
Beethoven
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Juanjo Mena; Javier Perianes
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All Reich on the Night with the London Sinfonietta

Steve Reich © Wonge Bergmann
Exemplary performances of classic works by the American minimalist from the London Sinfonietta 
****1
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A study in romance: David Parry and the LPO

David Parry © Marco Borrelli
Where better to start the LPO's exploration of 'British' music in its Isle of Noises festival than with Sir Edward Elgar? 
****1
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Intangible cosmos: Eötvös' Multiversum

Peter Eötvös © Klaus Rudolph

Composer-conductor Peter Eötvös’ attempt to portray the concept of parallel universes in music remained strangely earthbound in its UK premiere.

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Spliced: Mozart, Magdalena and the OAE mix it up

Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
Mozart's Symphony no. 40 gets the chop, split into four movements interspersed with arias sung by Czech mezzo Magdalena Kožená. 
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