Experience the wonder of live orchestral music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Southbank Centre.
Orchestral music offers something for everyone, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Choose from our selection of firm favourites for a perfect introduction to the thrill of live orchestral music.
Immerse yourself in the greatest opera arias with phenomenal tenor Juan Diego Flórez, be uplifted by the celestial sounds of Holst’s The Planets and experience the haunting poetry of Elgar's beautiful Cello Concerto as Sheku Kanneh-Mason brings this work to life.
2018/19 Concert Season
Elgar's Cello Concerto | 23 March 2019
Tonight Elgar’s elegiac, heartbreakingly beautiful Cello Concerto is paired with Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 1. For Mahler ‘a symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything’, and sure enough his youthful First Symphony welcomes in a breathtaking array of influences from birdsong to a certain well-known nursery rhyme, creating a musical adventure of mind-boggling cosmic brilliance.
Opera gala evening | 29 March 2019
What better introduction to the world of opera than a selection of the very best tenor arias performed by one of the great voices of the 21st century? Internationally acclaimed tenor Juan Diego Flórez is unsurpassed on the operatic stage, and in this special gala concert of opera classics and popular favourites you’ll experience all the spectacular power that has made him one of the supreme vocalists of our time.
Legends of the north | 5 April 2019
Thrillingly bombastic and astoundingly virtuosic, it’s easy to hear why Grieg’s firecracker of a Piano Concerto has become one of the most enduringly popular of all concert pieces. Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 is another postcard from Scandinavia, but one which presents an entirely different scene: this is music to stir the soul, steadily building to a uniquely beautiful finale inspired by a flight of swans at sunset.
Janine Jansen plays Brahms | 3 May 2019
Brahms wrote his Violin Concerto while on a summer holiday in the Austrian Alps – and you can definitely tell. Few living violinists make it sing (and dance) quite like Janine Jansen. Enjoy it here alongside Bruckner’s Third symphony, itself an Alpine landscape in sound.
2019/20 Concert Season
Elgar Cello Concerto | 5 October 2019
The drawn-out opening chords of Elgar's heartbreakingly beautiful Cello Concerto, are some of the most memorable in all music. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, will bring this haunting poetry to life. Combined with Sibelius's gentlest symphony, this will be a night to remember.
Verdi's Requiem | 12 October 2019
Drums thunder, trumpets blast and a massed chorus cries out in terror. Verdi brings his dramatic power to bear on a story of tragedy, redemption, and the end of time. The result is one of the mightiest of all choral masterpieces in the repertoire.
Holst's The Planets | 23 October 2019
The celestial sounds of Holst’s The Planets are endlessly iconic. It takes an imposing figure to take on such an astronomically grand work; we can't wait to hear Thomas Adès's interpretation.
Film Music | 1 November 2019
British cinema has a long history of producing unforgettable films; and beyond that unforgettable scores. In this concert, film music maestro Anthony Weeden introduces a century of British music from the silver screen. You’ll never hear them played with more energy or flair.
Elgar's Enigma Variations | 9 November 2019
There have been more than sixty recordings of the Variations since Elgar's first back in 1924. If anyone can find Enigma's tender soul, it's conductor Marin Alsop.
Mahler's Fifth Symphony | 13 November 2019
The popularity of the heart-melting Adagietto in Mahler's Fifth Symphony certainly owes much to Luchino Visconti's 1971 film Death in Venice. This crucial Adagietto is the moment when tragedy turns to triumph, deep despair to ecstatic joy. Hear it live in all its glory.
Faure's Requiem | 18 January 2020
Passionate melodies and musical adoration have captivated audiences since the late 1800s; the emotional impact of Fauré’s Requiem is no less potent today than 200 years ago.
Wagner's Siegfried | 1 February 2020
Part three of the Orchestra’s journey through Wagner’s colossal Ring Cycle reaches into the sunniest part of the saga. Growing up deep in the forest, the orphan Siegfried has never known fear - but that’s all about to change.
Symphony No. 2 | 19 February 2020
Written one hundred years apart Beethoven and Sibelius’s Second Symphonies are arguably some of the 19th and 20th centuries greatest symphonic triumphs.
Beethoven Symphony No.3 | 22 February 2020
A mainstay in any list of best symphonies, Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ threatens to overshadow any piece programmed with it. Widmann’s haunting Lied for Orchestra undoubtedly doesn’t allow that to happen, with Ravel’s escapist fantasy Shéhérazade completing the programme.
Beethoven Symphony No.5 | 28 March 2020
Beethoven's Fifth thunders into life with four notes that absolutely everyone can recognise.
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 | 27 May 2020
Join us for our season finale, as two great Romantic masterpieces lift the spirits.