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 April

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

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

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

Wagner Rachmaninov and Manuel de Falla

25 Apr 2019 The Royal Philharmonic will be playing music by Wagner Rachmaninov and Manuel de Falla at Cadogan Hall
Barbican Hall

Francois-Xavier Roth conducting Ravel

25 Apr 2019 François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing a selection of classical tunes by Ravel at Barbican Hall
Man Of La Mancha at London Coliseum

Man of La Mancha with Kelsey Grammer

26 Apr to Kelsey Grammer will be starring alongside Danielle de Niese and Nicholas Lyndhurst in Man of La Mancha
Barbican Hall

Nicola Benedetti playing Elgar and Dvorak

26 Apr 2019 Violinist Nicola Benedetti and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing some works by Elgar and Dvorak

Classical music in May

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

Cadogan Hall

Royal Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall

1 May 2019 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing classical music by Enescu Saint-Saens Porumbescu and Mozart at Cadogan Hall
Barbican Hall

Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams - Barbican Hall

1 May 2019 Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Harrison Birtwistle and John Adams
Alexandra Palace

Monteverdi Choir playing Handels Semele

2 May 2019 Hear John Eliot Gardiner conduct the Monteverdi Choir in a performance of Handels Semele at Alexandra Palace
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Bach Debussy and Rachmaninov

2 May 2019 Hear pianist Francesco Piemontesi perform works by Bach Debussy and Rachmaninov at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Barbican Hall

Sir Simon Rattle conducting John Adams and Berlioz

5 May 2019 Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by John Adams and Berlioz
Barbican Hall

Sir Simon Rattle conducting Britten and Mahler

8 May 2019 Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Britten and Mahler
Cadogan Hall

Peter and the Wolf at Cadogan Hall

9 May 2019 The London Chamber Orchestra and Music Junction Participants will be playing Prokofievs Peter and the Wolf at Cadogan Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Mozart Chopin Schumann and Bach

15 May 2019 Cedric Tiberghien will be performing some piano works by Mozart Chopin Schumann and Bach at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Barbican Hall

Britten Shostakovich and Raymond Yiu

15 May 2019 David Robertson and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be playing works by Britten Shostakovich and Raymond Yiu
Cadogan Hall

Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk

16 May 2019 The Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk will be playing some music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky at Cadogan Hall
Barbican Hall

Benjamin Grosvenor piano recital

16 May 2019 Hear pianist Benjamin Grosvenor play some classical works by Schumann Janacek Prokofiev and Liszt at Barbican Hall
Katherine Jenkins at London Palladium

Katherine Jenkins at the London Palladium

18 May 2019 Classical singer Katherine Jenkins is returning to the London Palladium to sing songs from her new album Guiding Light
Cadogan Hall

JS Bachs Mass in B Minor

18 May 2019 The Constanza Chorus and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be performing JS Bachs Mass in B Minor at Cadogan Hall
Barbican Hall

Britten Sinfonia playing Gerald Barry and Beethoven

21 May 2019 Thomas Ades and the Britten Sinfonia will be performing some classical music by Gerald Barry and Beethoven at Barbican Hall
Cadogan Hall

A Tale of Two Cities at Cadogan Hall

22 May 2019 The English Chamber Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Stravinsky Beethoven and Mozart at Cadogan Hall
Barbican Hall

BBC SO playing Mahler and Thomas Larcher

24 May 2019 Hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra play some classical music by Mahler and Thomas Larcher at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

Sir Antonio Pappano and Orchestra of Santa Cecilia

25 May 2019 Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia will be performing Mahlers Sixth Symphony at the Barbican
Barbican Hall

Beethovens Choral Symphony - Britten Sinfonia

26 May 2019 Thomas Ades and the Britten Sinfonia will be playing some music by Gerald Barry and Beethovens Choral Symphony at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

Michael Tilson Thomas: Beethoven Bartok and Cage

30 May 2019 Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Beethoven Bartok and Cage

Classical music in June

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

Barbican Hall

Murray Perahia piano recital

3 Jun 2019 World renowned pianist Murray Perahia will be playing some classical works by Bach Beethoven and Chopin at Barbican Hall
Cadogan Hall

Slavonic Masters at Cadogan Hall

4 Jun 2019 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing classical music by Borodin Prokofiev Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky at Cadogan Hall
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
Barbican Hall

Donizettis Il Paria - Britten Sinfonia

8 Jun 2019 Sir Mark Elder and the Britten Sinfonia will be giving a concert performance of Donizettis Il Paria at Barbican Hall
Cadogan Hall

English Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

9 Jun 2019 The English Symphony Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Mendelssohn and Beethoven at Cadogan Hall
Barbican Hall

New piece of work by Liam Mattison

9 Jun 2019 The London Symphony Orchestra will be playing Tchaikovsky Rimsky-Korsakov and a new piece of work by Liam Mattison
Dido And Aeneas at Holland Park Opera

Purcells Dido and Aeneas

9 Jun 2019 Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Henry Purcells Dido and Aeneas by Juilliard and the Marcus Institute singers
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Mozart Beethoven and Hummel

9 Jun 2019 The London Mozart Players will be performing some classical works by Mozart Beethoven and Hummel at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Cadogan Hall

Vaughan Williams and Dvorak at Cadogan Hall

13 Jun 2019 The London Chamber Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Vaughan Williams and Dvorak at Cadogan Hall
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
Barbican Hall

Daniil Trifonov and the London Symphony Orchestra

16 Jun 2019 Hear pianist Daniil Trifonov and the London Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven Berlioz and Shostakovich
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

Classical music in July

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

More Classical music in 2019/20

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
 
English Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall The English Symphony Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Mendelssohn and Beethoven at Cadogan Hall.
Daniil Trifonov and the London Symphony Orchestra Hear pianist Daniil Trifonov and the London Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven, Berlioz and Shostakovich
Sir Antonio Pappano and Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia will be performing Mahler's Sixth Symphony at the Barbican
Peter and the Wolf at Cadogan Hall The London Chamber Orchestra and Music Junction Participants will be playing Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at Cadogan Hall.
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