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Find out about the London Philharmonic Orchestra's storytelling concerts in 2016 ...

Music to tell a story

Patrick Bailey introduces the power of music to tell stories ...

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Booking Info

Royal Festival Hall 2015/16

  • Please note that a transaction fee of £1.75 will be added to each order made online.
  • Tickets booked fewer than five working days before the date of the concert will be available for collection at the ticket office from 6.30pm on the day of the performance.
  • Concessions: 50% off all ticket prices for full-time students, benefit recipients (Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit) and under-16s (maximum 4 per transaction. Not applicable to Family Concerts) only. Limited availability; appropriate cards will be checked on admission.
  • Please note that we are unable to take payment by Amex.

Premium seats £65
The very best seats in the stalls, ensuring you the finest acoustic and view, are available as Premium seats.

Book more, pay less

Book 3-4 concerts and receive a 10% discount
Book 5-7 concerts and receive a 15% discount
Book 8-10 concerts and receive a 20% discount
Book 11-14 concerts and receive a 25% discount
Book 15 or more concerts and receive a 30% discount

Series discounts are automatically calculated online.  Series discounts are available on full price tickets only.

Only nine tickets per concert can be bought online. Bookings of ten or more seats for the same concert are eligible for the group booking discount of 20%. Please call the London Philharmonic Orchestra Group Booking Line on 020 7840 4205 for further details.

Offline booking

London Philharmonic Orchestra ticket office: 020 7840 4242
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. £2.75 transaction fee

Southbank Centre ticket office: 0844 847 9920
Daily 9.30am-8pm. £2.75 transaction fee. All ticketing staff at Southbank Centre can take typetalk calls.
In person at Southbank Centre: no transaction fee.

Minimum age

7.30pm concerts are not recommended for children of five years and under, and Southbank Centre staff reserve the right to refuse entry to young children for these events. We recommend our FUNharmonics concerts for children.


Brief Encounter

Film screening with live orchestra

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Brief Encounter (film with live orchestra)

David Charles Abell conductor
Jayson Gillham piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

If any film can be described as iconic, David Lean’s Brief Encounter of 1945 can – a story charged with passion and atmosphere as two ordinary adults discovered something deep and lifechanging on the platform of a suburban railway station. Pulsing through the film like an emotional express train is Rachmaninoff’s heart-rending Second Piano Concerto, rapturously proclaiming everything Laura and Alec felt but dare not speak. At this special concert a screening of the film with live orchestral soundtrack is preceded by a complete live performance of this most rousing of masterpieces, played by the winner of the 2014 Montreal Piano Competition, Jayson Gillham.

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