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 June

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

Craig recommends… Read my review of a Prom concert and guided tour at the Royal Albert Hall. If you enjoy classical music then you might like the classical buskers in Covent Garden

Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the 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 famous auditorium
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Sunday organ recitals at St Pauls Cathedral

Listen to one of the countrys finest organists play on the Grand Organ at St Pauls every Sunday
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

Lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

3 May to St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Manon Lescaut at Holland Park Opera

Puccinis Manon Lescaut

4 to Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Giacomo Puccinis opera Manon Lescaut about her love affair with a young student
Un Ballo In Maschera at Holland Park Opera

Un Ballo In Maschera - Giuseppe Verdi

8 to Opera Holland Park is putting on a production of Verdis opera about a baleful prophecy and murderous love triangle
Hansel And Gretel at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Hansel and Gretel

14 to Regents Park Open Air Theatre will be putting on a production of Humperdincks operatic re-telling of the Grimm Brothers famous fairytale
Cadogan Hall

Mythical Creatures at Cadogan Hall

20 Jun 2019 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Glinka Dvorak Stravinsky and Tom Coult at Cadogan Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Space Spectacular - Movie theme tunes

22 Jun 2019 Space Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall combines a laser light show with the best theme tunes from space-based movies
Royal Festival Hall

Beethovens Missa Solemnis)

28 Jun 2019 The Bach Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be giving a performance of Beethovens Mass In D at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Peter & The Wolf at the Royal Albert Hall

30 Jun 2019 Watch Peter & The Wolf on a big screen and listen to a live performance of the score by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Albert Hall

The Planets - An HD Odyssey

30 Jun 2019 See some of NASAs most awe-inspiring images on a big screen whilst you listen to the Royal Philharmonic playing Holsts The Planets

Classical music in July

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

Il Divo at Royal Albert Hall

Il Divo - Timeless

2 Jul 2019 The good-looking pop opera boys from Il Divo are bringing their Timeless world tour to the Royal Albert Hall for one night in July
Barbican Hall

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro

4 Jul 2019 The Academy of Ancient Music will be giving a performance of Mozarts comedy opera The Marriage of Figaro at Barbican Hall

Mozart and Haydn - London Concert Choir

10 Jul 2019 The Counterpoint Ensemble and London Concert Choir will be performing works by Mozart and Haydn at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Carmina Burana at Royal Albert Hall

1000 voices singing Carmina Burana

14 Jul 2019 Hear Carl Orffs rousing Carmina Burana sung like youve never heard it performed before at the Royal Albert Hall
Wolf Hall at Purcell Room

Hilary Mantels Wolf Hall - Live

14 Jul 2019 Hear extracts from Hilary Mantels award-winning novel Wolf Hall alongside a performance of the TV score by the Locrian Ensemble
Purcell Room

Luka Okros playing Chopin and Liszt

16 Jul 2019 Pianist Luka Okros will be performing a selection of classical piano works by Chopin and Liszt at the Purcell Room
L Arlesiana at Holland Park Opera

LArlesiana - Francesco Cilea

20 Jul to Opera Holland Park is putting on a production of Cileas opera about Federicos jealousy and passion for another woman
Il Segreto Di Susanna at Holland Park Opera

Il Segreto di Susanna + Iolanta

22 Jul to This double-bill of two one-act operas will include a performance of Wolf-Ferraris Il Segreto di Susanna and Tchaikovskys Iolanta

Classical music in September

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

Aled Jones And Russell Watson at London Palladium

Aled Jones & Russell Watson

21 Sep 2019 Two of Britains favourite classical music stars will be coming to the London Palladium in September for their joint In Harmony Tour
Royal Festival Hall

Weimar Berlin - Angels and Demons

26 Sep 2019 Esa-Pekka Salonen will be conducting a selection of classical works from the Weimar-era at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Julia Fischer and the London Philharmonic

27 Sep 2019 Hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing works by Britten Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Licence to Thrill - The Music of James Bond

28 Sep 2019 Hear some of the best theme tunes from James Bond movies performed by a live orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall

Classical music in October

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

Royal Festival Hall

Nicola Benedetti at the Royal Festival Hall

2 Oct 2019 Nicola Benedetti will be playing some classical music by Elgar and R Strauss with the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Albert Hall

The Beauty of Tchaikovsky

2 Oct 2019 The Birmingham Royal Ballet will be dancing to some of Tchaikovskys most beautiful music played by the Royal Philharmonic

Mendelssohns Elijah

3 Oct 2019 Conductor Masaaki Suzuki and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be giving a performance of Mendelssohns Elijah at the Royal Festival Hall
Skyfall at Royal Albert Hall

James Bonds Skyfall with live orchestra

4 to The Royal Albert Hall will be screening Daniel Craigs James Bond movie Skyfall with a live performance of the score
Royal Festival Hall

Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing Elgar

5 Oct 2019 The London Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing some classical works by Elgar Sibelius and Britten at the Royal Festival Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Beethovens Mass In D - Missa solemnis

5 Oct 2019 The London Mozart Players will be performing a brand-new piece of work and Beethovens Mass In D at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Beethovens Symphony No9

6 Oct 2019 Conductor David Hill will be leading the Bach Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Beethovens Symphony No 9
Royal Festival Hall

Verdis Requiem

12 Oct 2019 Join conductor Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Verdis Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Beethoven Schumann and Mendelssohn

13 Oct 2019 Hear the Philharmonia Orchestra play some classical works by Schumann Mendelssohn and Beethoven at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Sir Karl Jenkins - 75th Birthday Concert

13 Oct 2019 Listen to some of conductor Karl Jenkins greatest works along with a world premiere of a brand-new work called Miserere
Royal Albert Hall

Symphonic Queen at the Royal Albert Hall

15 Oct 2019 Symphonic Queen will feature some of Queens best-loved tracks re-worked by a live orchestra alongside a spectacular lightshow
Royal Festival Hall

Paul Lewis playing Beethoven

15 Oct 2019 Pianist Paul Lewis will be playing a selection of classical works by Beethoven Brahms and Haydn at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Brahms Mozart and Mendelssohn

20 Oct 2019 Hear the Philharmonia Orchestra play some classical works by Brahms Mozart and Mendelssohn at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Holsts The Planets

23 Oct 2019 Thomas Ades will be conducting Kirill Gerstein at the UK premiere of his own new work and Holsts The Planets at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Britten Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

24 Oct 2019 Hear the Philharmonia Orchestra play some classical works by Britten Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich at the Royal Festival Hall
Carmina Burana at Royal Albert Hall

400 voices singing Carmina Burana

26 Oct 2019 Hear Carl Orffs Carmina Burana performed like youve never heard it performed before by 400 voices at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Robert Trevino Conducts Shostakovich

30 Oct 2019 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing works by Mussorgsky Rachmaninov and Shostakovich at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Daniil Trifonov at the Royal Festival Hall

31 Oct 2019 Pianist Daniil Trifonov will be playing a selection of classical works by Beethoven Prokofiev and Scriabin at the Royal Festival Hall

More Classical music in 2019/20

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

Royal Festival Hall

Rouvali conducts excerpts from Swan Lake

3 Nov 2019 The Philharmonia Orchestra will be playing works by Stravinsky Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Diana Damrau singing R Strauss

13 Nov 2019 Soprano Diana Damrau will be singing some works by Mahler Wagner and R Strauss at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Ravel Debussy and Boulanger

14 Nov 2019 The Philharmonia Orchestra will be playing some classical works by Ravel Debussy and Boulanger at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall

21 to Classical Spectacular is back at the Royal Albert Hall with a thundering firework finale to Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture
Royal Festival Hall

Herreweghe conducts Beethoven

21 Nov 2019 Philippe Herreweghe will be conducting some classical works by Beethoven and Schubert at the Royal Festival Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Chopin Debussy and Mussorgsky

26 Nov 2019 Behzod Abduraimov will be playing some classical piano works by Chopin Debussy and Mussorgsky at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Ashkenazy conducts New World Symphony

28 Nov 2019 Vladimir Ashkenazy will be conducting some classical works by Grieg Brahms and Dvorak at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Wagner Rachmaninov and Holst

1 Dec 2019 Christopher Warren-Green will be conducting some classical music by Wagner Rachmaninov and Holst at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Hrusa conducts Mozart and Beethoven

8 Dec 2019 Jakub Hrusa will be conducting some classical music by Mozart Beethoven and R Strauss at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Christmas with the Royal Choral Society

10 Dec 2019 Enjoy an evening of Christmas classics performed by the Royal Choral Society and a fanfare of military trumpeteers
Royal Albert Hall

John Rutters Christmas Celebration

11 Dec 2019 John Rutters annual Christmas Celebration concert is one of the Royal Albert Halls most popular Christmas carol concerts
Royal Festival Hall

John Foulds and Shostakovich

11 Dec 2019 The London Philharmonic will be performing some classical works by John Foulds and Shostakovich at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Handels Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall

12 Dec 2019 A combined choir of 350 voices will be performing Handels Messiah alongside Brian Wright and the Philharmonia Orchestra
Cadogan Hall

Christmas Cracker Concert at Cadogan Hall

14 Dec 2019 The Christmas Cracker concert at Cadogan Hall is a festive favourite full of seasonal songs and carols by the Royal Philharmonic
Royal Albert Hall

A Christmas Orchestral Adventure

15 Dec 2019 Take your kids on an orchestral adventure and help Alberts Orchestra return Santas map to him before Christmas Eve
Royal Festival Hall

Christmas Classics at the Royal Festival Hall

15 Dec 2019 David Hill will be leading the Philharmonia Orchestra and Bach Choir in an afternoon of Christmas classics at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Handels Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall

18 Dec 2019 Christmas doesnt officially start until youve heard a spine-tingling performance of Handels Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall
Barbican Hall

An Evening of Christmas Classics at the Barbican

20 Dec 2019 Join the London Concert Orchestra and City of London Choir for an evening of Christmas classical music at Barbican Hall
Snowman at Cadogan Hall

The Snowman and Peter and the Wolf

21 Dec 2019 Watch The Snowman with a live orchestra performing the score followed by Prokofievs Peter and the Wolf
Royal Albert Hall

Christmas carols at the Royal Albert Hall

22 to Sing-along to all your favourites Christmas carols and seasonal songs in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall
Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall

The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall

28 to The Birmingham Royal Ballet will be putting on a performance of Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Johann Strauss Gala

11 Jan 2020 Come and hear some of the worlds finest waltzes when the Johann Strauss Orchestra appear at the Royal Festival Hall with their dancers
Royal Festival Hall

London Philharmonic - Poulenc and Faure

18 Jan 2020 The London Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing classical works by Poulenc and Faure at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Mitsuko Uchida playing Mozart

31 Jan 2020 Pianist Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will be playing three classical pieces by Mozart and Jorg Widmann
Royal Festival Hall

Jurowski conducts Wagners Siegfried

1 Feb 2020 Vladimir Jurowski will be conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Wagners three act opera Siegfried
Royal Festival Hall

Royal Philharmonic playing The Planets

4 Feb 2020 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be appearing at the Royal Festival Hall playing works by Walton Liszt and Holst
Royal Festival Hall

Ivan Fischer and the OAE playing Mozart

7 Feb 2020 The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be appearing at the Royal Festival Hall to play three works by Mozart
Royal Festival Hall

JS Bachs Mass in B minor

11 Feb 2020 The Bach Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be playing JS Bachs Mass in B-Minor at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Prokofiev and Rachmaninov

13 Feb 2020 The Philharmonia Orchestra will be playing works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov under the baton of conductor Lahav Shani
Cadogan Hall

Orchestral Valentines at Cadogan Hall

14 Feb 2020 Join pianist Clare Hammond and the Royal Philharmonic for a romantic evening of classical Valentines music at Cadogan Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Mahlers Resurrection Symphony

20 Feb 2020 The Philharmonia Orchestra and Choir will be performing Mahlers Symphony No2 under the baton of conductor Jakub Hrusa
Royal Festival Hall

Sibelius and Brahms at the Royal Festival Hall

23 Feb 2020 The Philharmonia Orchestra will be playing works by Sibelius and Brahms under the baton of conductor Yuri Temirkanov
Royal Festival Hall

Paavo Jarvi and the NHK Symphony Orchestra

24 Feb 2020 The NHK Symphony Orchestra will be appearing at the Royal Festival Hall playing works by Schumann and Rachmaninov
Royal Festival Hall

Barber and Elgar at the Royal Festival Hall

27 Feb 2020 The Philharmonia Orchestra will be playing works by Barber Korngold and Elgar under the baton of conductor John Wilson
Royal Festival Hall

Borodin Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky

10 Mar 2020 The Royal Philharmonic will be appearing at the Royal Festival Hall playing works by Borodin Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pierre-Laurent Aimard playing Beethoven

10 Mar 2020 Hear French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performing some classical works by Beethoven and Ives at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Anne-Sophie Mutter playing Beethoven

11 Mar 2020 Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will be performing some classical works by Beethoven and Mahler with the London Philharmonic
Royal Festival Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Beethoven

15 Mar 2020 The Rodolfus Choir and Philharmonia Orchestra will be playing some works by Beethoven under conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen
Royal Festival Hall

Mahler and Schumann

19 Mar 2020 The Philharmonia Orchestra will be playing some classical works by Mahler and Schumann under the baton of conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen
Royal Festival Hall

Michael Tilson Thomas at the Royal Festival Hall

21 to Michael Tilson Thomas will be conducting works by Mahler Stravinsky and Rachmaninov at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Stephen Hough at the Royal Festival Hall

24 Mar 2020 Pianist Stephen Hough will be playing some classical works by Bach Busoni Chopin and Liszt at the Royal Festival Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Anne-Sophie Mutter playing Beethoven

26 Mar 2020 Hear Anne-Sophie Mutter perform two works by Beethoven plus a brand-new work Jorg Widmann at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall

The Music of Lord of the Rings (and beyond)

27 Mar 2020 Hear the theme tune to Lord of the Rings and many more fantasy films performed by a orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Dutilleux Sibelius and Beethoven

28 Mar 2020 The London Philharmonic will be performing some classical works by Sibelius and Beethoven at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Great Choral Classics at the Royal Albert Hall

19 Apr 2020 An afternoon of monumental music by a massed choir singing some of the most popular tunes by Verdi Wagner and Handel
Royal Albert Hall

Film Music Gala - Lights Camera Action

9 May 2020 Hear the theme tunes from some of cinemas best-loved film scores including Harry Potter Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings
 
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Space Spectacular: Movie theme tunes Space Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall combines a laser light show with the best theme tunes from space-based movies.
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