On 26th September, we welcome two extremely talented Japanese musicians, Mayuko Katsumura and Noriko Kawai, to Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room. Violinist Mayuko, a major prize winner in national music competitions in Japan, will be performing alongside Noriko Kawai on the piano.

For a sneak preview of what’s in store, you can listen to this audio clip of Mayuko performing a 2nd movement of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto no.1 with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in March earlier this year.

Listen to Mayuko Katsumura – live at Abbey Road studio.

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The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, dubbed ‘the bravest orchestra in the world’,  travel to the UK for their highly anticipated London debut at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 28 August.

Metro reports on their fascinating journey:

‘I steadfastly say I’m here as a musician, not a peacekeeper,’ says Paul MacAlindin, conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. ‘And the truth is, the rehearsals are so intense there’s simply not a lot of time for people to conflict with each other. It all contributes to the reconciliation process.’

Despite the continuance of terrorist attacks and sectarian violence in the country, a group of dedicated young Iraqi musicians – both Arabs and Kurds, men and women, and mostly all self-taught – meet once a year to play in an orchestra, auditioning for the group via YouTube.

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Book tickets to see the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and oud soloist Khyam Allami, performing under the baton of Musical Director Paul MacAlindin.


For almost half a century, Herman van Veen has travelled the world with his very personal performances, and he comes to Southbank Centre on Monday 10 September for a very special show, accompanied by master guitarist Edith Leerkes, and musicians Dave Wismeijer and Willem Wits.

To get 50% off all tickets, simply quote HERMAN when booking online, by phone or in person

For a preview of what’s in store, watch the trailer here:

‘A tender anarchist’, Daniel Pantchenko once wrote.

Samuel Beckett thought him to be ‘the personification of a poem’.

Georges Moustaki described him as ‘a man who acts as if he only wants to entertain us’.

So come and be entertained at Southbank Centre this September with Herman van Veen.

Herman van Veen in Concert: A Certain Tenderness – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Monday 10 September, 7.30pm

For more information and to book tickets see the website here.