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Music to tell a story

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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.


The Mermaid

Jurowski conducts Rachmaninoff and Zemlinsky

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

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3
Zemlinsky Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Marc-André Hamelin piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

In 1901, at the height of her affair with Alexander von Zemlinsky, ‘It Girl’ Alma Schindler unceremoniously dumped her lover to marry the big shot of Viennese composition, Gustav Mahler. Zemlinsky was devastated. Still cherishing a framed photo of Alma, he began work on his orchestral tone poem Die Seejungfrau. But while the score’s depiction of the Little Mermaid’s hopeless dedication to an imaginary young boy clearly resonated with Zemlinsky, his work was no self-pitying tirade. It was, in fact, his coming of age – his discovery of a true musical voice. Zemlinsky had glimpsed the triumph and joy of love, and thrust it all into this magical, kaleidoscopic score.

This performance is being broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and will be available online in the UK for 30 days via iPlayer.

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Are you a student or under 26?

You can benefit from discounted tickets to this concert through our NOISE scheme. Students are eligible for £4 tickets and under 26 year olds are eligible for £8 tickets (ID required). 

Call the box office on 0207 840 4242 for details and to book tickets (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

Find out more about the scheme and sign up.

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