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The Southbank Centre announces part one of its classical music programme for 2021/22

The Southbank Centre has raised the curtain on its classical music programme of 2021/2022 by announcing its first events for Autumn/Winter (September 2021 – January 2022). The UK’s largest multi-arts centre, home to three outstanding performance spaces and creative, outdoor civic spaces, can finally and proudly welcome back audiences to over 200 concerts over 9 months.

Alongside eight world-class orchestras, 2021/22 includes boundary-pushing associate artists Colin Currie Group, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Víkingur Ólafsson, international orchestral visitors and two new UK-based artistic partners Manchester Collective and The Multi-Story Orchestra. This ambitious programme will both celebrate everything that the Southbank Centre has always stood for and signal a new future for the genre as the sector responds to a changed world post-pandemic. 

This exciting new programme will kick start with an unmissable opening week broadcast across BBC Radio 3, beginning with Tippett’s rarely-performed The Midsummer Marriage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner, and concludes with a semi-staged presentation of Wagner’s Parsifal with Opera North next June, the culmination of the touring opera’s major UK production.

Toks Dada, Head of Classical Music, Southbank Centre, said:
“As we emerge into a changed world, it is vital that we begin to re-imagine a new future for classical music, with a focus on engaging the widest possible audience, supporting a broad range of artists, and pushing forward the artform. At Southbank Centre we’re starting by forging new artistic relationships with forward-thinking home-grown artists and ensembles, commissioning new work from unheard and established voices, and creating new experiences and formats that welcome back families and contemporary audiences familiar with the centre, as well as reach audiences new to the centre.”

Check out the Southbank Centre website for the full programme of unmissable events.