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.

Listen to our Classical music blog for May Highlights

In this month’s podcast members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment discuss working with Sir Simon Rattle, and Vladimir Ashkenazy gives his personal perspective on Shostakovich’s Babi Yar Symphony. Plus a member of Spira mirabilis talks about the ensemble’s unique approach to Beethoven’s music.


Celebrate the pioneering music of George Benjamin, one of the greatest British composers of the 20th century, during a weekend festival exploring his remarkable career on 12 & 13 May.

Described as one of “the most formidable composers of his generation” (New York Times), George Benjamin is renowned for his diverse repertoire of music rooted in harmony, inventiveness and meticulous craftsmanship. This retrospective is a unique opportunity to both hear and see the highly acclaimed composer, who will be present over the weekend as conductor and speaker, as well as to experience contemporary classical music at its’ most exhilarating.

The festival features performances by young musicians from the Royal Academy of Music and the London Sinfonietta, and will culminate with a performance of Benjamin’s invigorating work Jubilation (1985). This piece, originally commissioned by the Inner London Educational Authority for young performers, will be brought to life as George Benjamin conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as a specially formed youth choir and ensemble of local young musicians playing a vibrant mix of brass, percussion, recorders and steel pans.

Find out more about George Benjamin and his work through BBC Radio 4’s Start The Week

 To book tickets, click here

Celebrate and see one of today’s greatest 20th century composers: George Benjamin

Hear contemporary classical music at its most exhilarating and inventive in a weekend celebration of George Benjmain. Find out more about George Benjamin through BBC 3’s Discover Music.

Listen to George Benjamin’s music at last fm

Watch our trailer of George Benjamin discussing the festival and his inspirations.

Book tickets and see George Benjamin conduct his Jubilation with the Philharmonia Orchestra and a full force of young children including choirs, brass band and recorders!

Listen to our classical music podcast for April highlights

Colin Currie premieres a powerful and imaginative new Percussion Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance Gilbert & Sulivan’s finest operetta The Yeomen of the Guard, and meet a player-piano who is the star of this year’s Nancarrow festival.


Esa-Pekka Salonen on the delights of performing Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra, new music from composer Julian Anderson, commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Laurence Cummings talks about Bach, as uncovered in a series of concerts by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

The Philharmonia Orchestra perform Beethoven’s First and Third Symphonies under the Baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen on Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm at Royal Festival Hall. To book tickets, click here. Find out more in their Beethoven Series Blog and read reviews of earlier concerts in the Beethoven series.

Watch Charles Hazlewood’s talk at Ted Global 2011

Conductor Charles Hazlewood talks about the role of trust in musical leadership – then shows how it works, as he conducts the Scottish Ensemble onstage.

You can see Charles take to the stage at Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 11 February & Saturday 18 February where he conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and young musicians from Southwark as part of Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival.