Classical music in London

Our guide to classical music events in London. Operas are shown at the Royal Opera House. Big ballet productions are put on at the London Coliseum. Other venues that play a lot of classical music include the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican.

Classical music in September

Here’s our guide to the best classical music events in London during September

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the auditorium.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields

to St. Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week.
Barbican Hall

to Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing three works by Stravinsky at Barbican Hall.
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Conductor Andrew Nethsingha will be leading the Royal Philharmonic in a performance of Beethoven's 'Symphony No 9'.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing works by Berg, Strauss and Sibelius at Barbican Hall.
Casino Royale at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall will be screening Daniel Craig's 'Casino Royale', alongside a live performance of the score.

Classical music in October

Here’s a selection of the best music recitals, operas and ballets during October

Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Larcher, Bruch, Webyn and Haydn at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Symphony Orchestra for an evening of classical works by Britten and Mahler at Barbican Hall.
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall 'Symphonic Queen' will feature some of Queen's best-loved tracks re-worked by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Symphony Orchestra for an evening of classical works by Beethoven and Brahms at Barbican Hall.
Queen’s Gallery

Queen’s Gallery Enjoy some classical music by Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Handel at the Queen's Gallery, and a walk around the 'Canaletto' exhibition.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Birtwistle and Vaughan Williams at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

to Barbican Hall Join the London Symphony Orchestra for an evening of works by Thomas Ades, Mendelssohn and Brahms at Barbican Hall.
Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall L'Orchestre du Monde will be performing some classical music by Beethoven and Brahms at Cadogan Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig will be playing some classical works by Beethoven and Bruckner at Barbican Hall.
Disney Fantasia at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Enjoy the best bits from Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000', alongside a live performance of the score.
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall will be celebrating the music of James Horner, with an evening of some of his best movie theme tunes.
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall 'My Great Orchestral Adventure' is a fun way to introduce to kids to classical music, using music to tell the story of a shipwreck.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Schmitt, Franck, Ravel and Sibelius at Barbican Hall.
Carmina Burana at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Hear Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' sung like you've never heard it sung before -- with 400 voices at the Royal Albert Hall.
Star Wars at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Symphonic Star Wars at the Royal Albert Hall will take the best tunes and set them against a dazzling light show.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Symphony Orchestra for an evening of works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky at Barbican Hall.

Classical music in November

If you’re coming to London next November how about listening to some classical music?

Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Gianandrea Noseda will be conducting a 'Half Six Fix' of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.4 at Barbican Hall.
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall James Newton Howard will be conducting some of his best movie theme tunes at the Royal Albert Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Lili Boulanger, Betsy Jolas and Mahler at Barbican Hall.
Distant Worlds Final Fantasy at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall 'Distant Worlds' is an orchestral concert featuring music from the last thirty years of the 'Final Fantasy' video games.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the conductor Marin Alsop for an evening of classical works by Bernstein and Mahler at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Tchaikovsky, Britten, Winter and Nicolson at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Marin Alsop will be conducting an evening of classical works by Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The Britten Sinfonia will be performing some classical works by Finzi, Mahler and Brahms at Barbican Hall.
Royal Albert Hall

to Royal Albert Hall 'Classical Spectacular' is back at the Royal Albert Hall with a thundering, firework finale of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'.
Amore Svetlana Zakharova at London Coliseum

to London Coliseum The Bolshoi Ballet's Svetlana Zakharova will be performing a triple bill of ballets, called 'Amore', at the London Coliseum.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing some classical works by Shostakovich and Strauss at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will be performing classical works by Beethoven and Prokofiev at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing three classical pieces by Liszt at Barbican Hall.
2cellos at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall 2CELLOS are back in London with their unique take on classical favourites and rock songs, from Bach to Nirvana.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing some classical works by Anders Hillborg and Sibelius at Barbican Hall.

Classical music in December

Here are some upcoming music recitals and operas during the month of December

Dreamworks Animation In Concert at SSE Arena Wembley

SSE Arena Wembley Enjoy some of the best music and movie moments from DreamWorks, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Symphony Chorus and LSO Community Choir for an evening of Christmas classics at Barbican Hall.
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall John Rutter's Christmas Celebration concert is one of the most popular Christmas carol concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing three classical pieces by Sibelius at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Mozart and Tchaikovsky at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

to Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Mahler and Strauss.
Nutcracker at London Coliseum

to London Coliseum The English National Ballet will be putting on a performance of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at the London Coliseum.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be playing some pieces by Leonard Bernstein at Barbican Hall.
Katherine Jenkins at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Katherine Jenkins will be singing some of her favourite festive tunes and seasonal songs at the Royal Albert Hall.
Snowman at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Enjoy 'The Snowman' with a live musical accompaniment, plus a family-friendly performance of Saint-Saens 'Carnival of the Animals'.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle will be conducting a 'Half Six Fix' of Leonard Bernstein's 'Wonderful Town' at Barbican Hall.
Father Christmas at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Watch Raymond Briggs 'Father Christmas' on a big screen, and listen to a kid-friendly version of Prokofiev's 'Peter And The Wolf'.
Andre Rieu at SSE Arena Wembley

SSE Arena Wembley The 'King of the Waltzes' Andre Rieu is back in London for his annual Christmas concert at Wembley Arena.
Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall

to Royal Albert Hall The Birmingham Royal Ballet will be putting on a performance of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classical music in January 2018

Here’s our pick of the best ballets, operas and classical music during January

Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical pieces by Sibelius and Aarre Merikanto at Barbican Hall.
Song Of The Earth La Sylphide at London Coliseum

to London Coliseum A double-bill of ballets at the London Coliseum, with Kenneth MacMillan's 'Song of the Earth' and La Sylphide.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle will be conducting some works by Handel, Mahler, Schubert and Rameau at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle will be conducting some classical works by with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle will be conducting some classical works by Janacek, Carter, Berg and Bartok at Barbican Hall.
Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort at London Coliseum

to London Coliseum Enjoy a double-bill of ballets at the London Coliseum, with 'Le Jeune Homme et la Mort' and 'La Sylphide'.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers will be performing two scores, a Spanish opera and a Spanish ballet.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Francois-Xavier Roth will be conducting some classical works by Wagner, Lalo, Debussy and Massenet at Barbican Hall.
Amadeus at Olivier Theatre

to Olivier Theatre The National Theatre will be putting on a production of 'Amadeus', which tells the story of the young composer Mozart.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Francois-Xavier Roth will be conducting a selection of classical works by Debussy at the Barbican Hall.

More Classical music in 2018/19

Here are some more classical music events, for people who like to plan ahead

Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical pieces by Finzi and Shostakovich at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sir Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some Janacek, Bartok and Elgar at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be some pieces by Barber, Ravel, Mussorgsky and George Walker at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sir Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some Dvorak, Bruch and Elgar at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Grime, Prokofiev and Strauss at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Brahms, Ravel and Franck at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The Insula Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Beethoven and Farrenc at Barbican Hall.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

to Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Enjoy a theatrical version of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', with a quintet of musicians and Gyre & Gimble's master puppeteers.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Schumann and Berlioz at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Schumann at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Beethoven, Britten and Anna Clyne at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be playing Boulez, Bartok, Stravinsky, Debussy and Campbell at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Francois-Xavier Roth will be conducting a 'Half Six Fix' of Stravinsky and Debussy at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Pianist Evgeny Kissin will be playing some classical music by Beethoven and Rachmaninov at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The Academy of Ancient Music and Choir of the AAM will be performing JS Bach's St Matthew Passion at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall for some classical music by Beethoven by Stravinsky.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Pianist Piotr Anderszewski will be performing Beethoven's Diabelli Variations at Barbican Hall in April.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some music by Elgar, Raymond Yiu and Lilian Elkington at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall for some classical music by Elgar and Sibelius.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Violinist Maxim Vengerov will be performing some sonatas and a scherzo by Brahms at Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

to Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle and London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some Mahler and Helen Grime at the Barbican Hall.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Sir Simon Rattle and London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some Mahler and Tippett at the Barbican Hall.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall Benjamin Grosvenor will be performing a selection of classical works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Berg, Ravel and Brett Dean.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall The Navarra String Quartet will be performing works by Roussel, Chausson and Schubert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets at Royal Albert Hall

to Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall will be screening 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' alongside a live performance of the score.
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing music by Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Harris and Adams at Barbican Hall.
Purcell Room

Purcell Room Claire Booth, Susan Bickley and Andrew Matthews-Owen will be performing some works by Debussy, Satie and Dove.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall The City of London Sinfonia will be performing works by Beethoven and Brett Dean at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall Khatia Buniatishvili will be performing a selection of classical works by Brahms, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will be performing Ligeti's complete 'Etudes' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be performing some classical works by R Strauss at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall The husband and wife opera stars Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall Benjamin Grosvenor will be performing some classical works by Brahms and Schubert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Purcell Room

Purcell Room Judith Jauregui will be performing works by Chopin, Debussy, Szymanowski, Scriabin and Granados at the Purcell Room.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

to Queen Elizabeth Hall The Mozartists will be putting on a semi-staged performance of Mozart's 'La Finta Semplice' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Purcell Room

Purcell Room The Feinstein Ensemble will be performing a selection of classical works by JS Bach and Telemann at the Purcell Room.
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be performing some classical works by Haydn at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
 
 
 
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