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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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LondonPavel Kolesnikov: Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Couperin

© Eva Vermandel
Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Couperin
Pavel Kolesnikov, Piano

LondonHere and Now, part of SoundState

Here and Now, part of SoundState
Gieshoff, Tüür, Grime, Andriessen, Hillborg
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Marin Alsop; Stewart McIlwham; Colin Currie

LondonBach’s Clavier-Ubung, Bk.3, with Nathan Laube

© Tim Cochrane
Bach: Clavier-Übung III, German Organ Mass
Nathan Laube, Organ

LondonJames Dillon: Tanz/haus : triptych 2017

Dillon: Tanz/haus : triptych 2017
London Sinfonietta
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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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An exceptional Bruckner 2 from Jurowski and the LPO

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO © Simon Jay Price
Alena Baeva gets under the skin of Tchaikovsky's concerto in this outstanding concert. 
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Mitsuko Uchida plays late Schubert in London

Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Justin Pumfrey | Decca
Enigmatic and uncanny piano music from Schubert in an intense recital at the Royal Festival Hall. 
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