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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
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
ContainsPurcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall
Google maps51° 30' 23.964" N 0° 6' 54.406" W
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Royal Festival Hall © Tim Woodall
Royal Festival Hall
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LondonDangerous Liaisons

© Angela Moore/ LucienneRoberts+
Lully, Rameau, Charpentier
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; John Butt; Hubert Hazebroucq; Anna Dennis; Nick Pritchard; Les Corps Eloquents Dance Company

LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen: Gurrelieder

© Minna Hatinen
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Alwyn Mellor; Michelle DeYoung; Robert Dean Smith; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

LondonSchiff’s Surprise

© Angela Moore/ LucienneRoberts+
Haydn
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Sir András Schiff; Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

LondonLPO Debut Sounds: Common Language

LPO Debut Sounds: Common Language
MacMillan
James MacMillan; London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts; echo; Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Lovely programme... but the Philharmonia can deliver more

Shiyeon Sung © Yongbin Park
The William Tell Overture promises much, Grieg and Tchaikovsky are well played but struggle to escape the routine.
***11
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Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia

Christoph von Dohnányi © Berthold Fabricius
The bond between Dohnányi and his old orchestra remains strong. 
****1
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Youthful japes: La finta semplice at the QEH

Regula Mühlemann (Rosina) and Lukas Jakobski (Cassandro)
Classical Opera’s performance of one of Mozart’s earliest operas throbbed with youthful energy; a strong cast brought the humour to life and made up for any weakness in the score.
****1
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Subtlety and gravity: Paul Lewis delves deep

Paul Lewis © Jack Liebeck
Paul Lewis continued his enlightening exploration of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms with performances of delicacy, steel and depth, where quality ruled over quantity.
****1
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