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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.


Manfred Symphony

Vasily Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky

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

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony

Vasily Petrenko conductor
Augustin Hadelich violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky didn’t write six symphonies; he wrote seven. The slippery, unnumbered ‘Manfred’ Symphony takes its name from a tortured character from Byron who wanders the Alps stalked by an enigmatic guilt. In this extraordinary and treacherously difficult work, Tchaikovsky’s orchestra moves from sombre yearning to angered argument, until a shattering moment of dazzling sunlight crashes into its final movement, a glimpse of hope before Manfred’s ultimate demise. This was the most extensive and challenging piece Tchaikovsky had written at the time of its premiere in 1886, a wild and unbridled vision of life and death that won Vasily Petrenko a Gramophone Award for his powerful 2008 recording.

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