An exploration of music, art and film from Turner prize-winning artist Martin Creed and the London Sinfonietta

Take a trip into the world of artist Martin Creed, who gained public fame for his striking attitude to art and film with his Turner prize-winning installation The lights going on and off. Creed has now broadened his unique approach to include music, with a new band and singles such as Thinking/Not Thinking and Where You Go, described by NME as ‘the shortest single… in a long time’.

On Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm at  Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall  join the London Sinfonietta for two sets of music, with a programme featuring Axeman by Anna Meredith, a work that makes a solo bassoon ‘sound as much like a 1980s guitar-god as possible’, and the enigmatically-titled ‘______’ by Gerald Barry.

During the second set, expect words, music and film from Martin Creed and his band, including music from their upcoming album Love to You, and the world premiere of Work No.1375, Martin Creed’s new music for the London Sinfonietta.

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GET THE NUMBER 26 BUS TO PARAGUAY WITH RICHARD DURRANT – TICKETS ONLY £10!

On Wednesday 23 May, Richard Durrant comes to the Purcell Room to launch his new album Hijo de Hombre. The concert will celebrate Richard’s inspirational musical journey through Paraguay with a mix of his virtuoso guitar playing, beautiful visuals and captivating storytelling. And as a special honour, the concert will be held in the presence of His Excellency  Mr. Miguel Solano-Lopez. C, the Paraguayan Ambassador to the UK.

We are offering a third off tickets – to purchase tickets for only £10 (full price £15), simply quote DURRANT when booking online, by phone or in person.

For a sneak preview, watch this trailer below:

Extra tickets have become available in rows B and C – to book these tickets for only £10 and for more information about the show click here.

RICHARD DURRANT THE NUMBER 26 BUS TO PARAGUAY

Wednesday 23 May, Purcell Room


New Music 20×12 presents 20 bite-size pieces mixing up jazz, folk and experimental music

The New Music 20×12 Weekend Celebration at Southbank Centre presents 20 new compositions of 12 minutes in length, encompassing  a range of genres and composers – from jazz to folk, brass bands to contemporary classical – all inspired by the dynamism of sport.

On Friday 13 July,  Northern Ireland Opera present new short opera works  including Our Day by Conor Mitchell and Mark Ravenhill,  set against a backdrop of events in Northern Ireland in 1972.

On Saturday 14 July, Imagined village and An Tobar combine for a folk double bill, and on Sunday 15 July the London Chamber Orchestra are joined by Graham Fitkin’s The Band to perform Track to Track,  a new work by Graham Fitkin with text by Glyn Maxwell.

The weekend also includes a host of workshops, one-to-one composer surgeries, talks and free related events.

Find out more about the full weekend of free and ticketed events.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Interview with Conductor, Pinchas Zukerman

Next Wednesday 23 May, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to Southbank Centre to perform Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Violin Concerto No.5 in A and K.219 as well as Dmitry Shostakovich’s post-Stalin piece – Symphony No.10 in E minor.

Israeli conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman takes the baton and also performs alongside the orchestra, and discusses his path into music from a young age including his education in New York,  the quality of British musicians and how at the age of 63, he’s still learning something new every day.

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Just Announced: More tickets on sale for sold out Family Concert with Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

On Sunday 24 June, 11.30am the exuberant Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra performs a concert especially for families in Royal Festival Hall.

 With introduced popular classical and Latin-American music for an orchestra, conducted by young conductors from Venezuela’s El Sistema, this concert will have an informal atmosphere and is perfect for children.

More tickets have just been put on sale, so don’t miss your chance to hear this vibrant orchestra, who are a sensation wherever they play. BOOK NOW!

London Philharmonic Orchestra introduces new works by four young composers

On Tuesday 12 June, 7.30pm at Queen Elizabeth Hall, members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Foyle Future Firsts perform new works by current members of the LPO Leverhulme Young Composers programme – Mark David Boden, Laura Jayne Bowler, David Curington & Hollie Harding.

Here the young composers talk about their works:

The concert also features Tristan Murail’s masterpiece Les Courants de l’espace and Per Nørgård’s cult classic, Voyage into the Golden Screen.

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Watch a clip of Alisa Weilerstein playing the first movement of Dvořák’s cello concerto

Alisa Weilerstein performs Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra alongside a programme of Mozart and Tchaikovsky at Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 19 May, 7.30pm.