Purcell Room

Purcell Room
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
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Amor Towles: The Lincoln Highway

Set in 1950s America, The Lincoln Highway tells the story of 18-year-old Emmett Watson as he makes his way home from the juvenile work farm where he has just served 15 months for involuntary manslaughter. He sets out across the country in search of a new life with his younger brother in tow, and some unexpected stowaways…

Wed 27 Oct

£10 / 0844 875 0073

Coby Sey x LCO

Coby Sey’s sound is a powerful new addition to the UK’s contemporary music scene. Whities 010: Transport for Lewisham laid down a hazy mix of live instrumentation and electronic-based productions, overlaid by spoken vocals, underscored by muddy beats. Live, these dreamlike compositions are imbued with a heavy, uneasy…

Wed 8 Dec

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Common Ground: Friendship in the City of London

London is a city that can spark love, friendship and solidarity, but is also a place marked by isolation, loneliness and inequality. The panellists explore the complexities of contemporary friendship through the lens of London. How are friendships and relationships forged in the city shaped or warped by the pressures of…

Thu 21 Oct

£10 / 0844 875 0073

Conversations on Love with Natasha Lunn

It takes its name from Lunn’s popular newsletter and sees her interviewing authors and experts on the topic of love itself, as well as drawing on her own mistakes in love and experiences of marriage, friendship and motherhood. For this event, the panellists discuss marriage, sexuality, desire and friendship and the…

Sun 24 Oct

£10 / 0844 875 0073

Crew Love: Friendships Forged in Lockdown

During the lockdown, five self-confessed geeks decided to watch a film about the end of the world. In the video chat later that Sunday night, what emerged was a chaotic yet delicate bond that reaffirmed their faith in the dynamics and possibilities of male friendship. Join these five friends over drinks as they reunite on…

Fri 22 Oct

£5 / 0844 875 0073

dal:um

The two festivals have joined forces and will continue to work together to present the very best of Korean talent. Dal:um is a Seoul-based musical duo who challenges the sonic possibilities of Korea's most well-known traditional string instruments: the gayageum (played by Ha Suyean) and geomungo (played by Hwang…

Sat 6 Nov

£16.50 / 0844 875 0073

Daniel Casimir

Daniel Casimir spent 2020 recording the album, which incorporates a critique of the genres, labels and stereotypes which have traditionally been placed upon Black musicians. The Serious Take Five alum has become a regular fixture across the UK jazz scene, providing his heavyweight upright sound for the likes of Nubya…

Fri 12 Nov

£17.50 / 0844 875 0073

The Disconnect: Friendship on Social Media

We are more connected than ever and yet loneliness and isolation are on the rise. How have technology and social media brought us together and how have they pulled us apart? In The Startup Wife and The Disconnect Tahmima Anam and Roisin Kiberd respectively offer up frank and funny portraits of the ways our online habits…

Sun 24 Oct

£10 / 0844 875 0073

An Extra Pair of Hands: Friendship and Care

They tell their stories and discuss the care involved in friendship - and the friendship involved in care Michael Rosen’s Many Different Kinds of Love is a resounding tribute to the NHS and the human spirit from a dearly beloved poet. Combining new poems with nurses’ medical diaries and his own reflections, this powerful…

Sat 30 Oct

£10 / 0844 875 0073

FAUZIA

FAUZIA performs music from her recent releases, as well as forthcoming work she has been developing this past year. It’s set to provide an exciting insight into where she’s heading as an artist. Her journey so far has been explosive: a series of missives released during the pandemic identified her as a talent to watch…

Sat 11 Dec

£15 / 0844 875 0073

FAUZIA: Installation

Grabbing the opportunity provided by our Purcell Sessions to push her creativity in new directions, FAUZIA presents a wildly different venture for a DJ-turned-producer known first and foremost for her music, which laces a love of footwork and jungle with hushed, downtempo pop and RnB. In addition to her two-day…

Sat 11 Dec

£5 / 0844 875 0073

Sun 12 Dec

£5 / 0844 875 0073

Friends: Robin Dunbar, Musa Okwonga & Sharan Hunjan

Friendship matters to us, but the extent that it shapes our lives is only beginning to be understood. In the last decade, medical research has revealed that the number and quality of our friendships has a bigger influence on our happiness, health and even mortality than anything except giving up smoking. From our earliest…

Sun 24 Oct

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Gigi Masin

The LP is inspired by the mythical Greek island of Ogygia and its alleged real-life counterpart Gavdos - also known as Calypso - a place of extreme beauty. The aqueous and sky-filled vistas of Gigi Masin’s native Venice are also intrinsic to the record, but the best way to describe the sound of Calypso might be simply…

Fri 26 Nov

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Sat 27 Nov

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Happy Here: Live!

Happy Here is an anthology for middle grade readers, featuring stories and poems written by ten Black British authors and illustrated by ten Black British illustrators. In September, every primary school in England receives a free copy of the book to help teachers bring representative and inclusive stories into the…

Thu 21 Oct

£1–£9223372036854778000 / 0844 875 0073

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami: Live

Described by Japan Times as 'one of Japan's brightest stars', Kawakami is the author of the international bestseller Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME's Best 10 Books of 2020. Known for her sharply observed, poetic explorations of gender dynamics and power relations in modern…

Sat 23 Oct

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Iglooghost: Installation

As part of our Purcell Sessions, the room is transformed into a museum holding mysterious artefacts, devices and artwork. The installation toys with audio and visual storytelling to build on his Lei Music concept, which has an accompanying website explaining its folklore. Lei Music is said to be a lost tradition, capable…

Sat 22 Jan 2022

£7.50 / 0844 875 0073

Sun 23 Jan 2022

£7.50 / 0844 875 0073

Jamie Isaac

The performances, part of our Purcell Sessions, feature music new and old, as well as some special surprises. Isaac’s return signals a follow up to his 2019 album (04:30) Idler, which showed the depth of his talent. Previously he released another album Couch Baby, as well as two EPs: I Will Be Cold Soon and Blue Break.

Thu 9 Dec

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Fri 10 Dec

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Jason Yarde's ACOUTASTiC BOMBASTiC

ACOUTASTiC BOMBASTiC is helmed by composer, arranger, producer and Musical Director Jason Yarde. The ensemble was born out of a childhood dream that saw a handful of musicians exploring in a vast room full of different musical instruments. Now a reality, the ensemble is founded on a number of long-term musical…

Fri 19 Nov

£20 / 0844 875 0073

Jasper Hoiby: Planet B

Jasper Høiby is recognised for his work with his power trio Phronesis, his group Fellow Creatures and most recently his trio Planet B. Together with the saxophonist Josh Arcoleo and drummer Marc Michel, Høiby is shaping adventurous new music to prise open the narrow framework of political debate. Plan B takes his…

Thu 18 Nov

£20 / 0844 875 0073

Jean-michel Blais: Aubades

On aubades, his new album, blais writes for a chamber orchestra for the first time. This new evolution was first heard on his recently released piece, ‘murmures.’ In this show, he is joined by a three-person string ensemble to demonstrate the new music that has blossomed from his new approach. Their performance is part of…

Sun 27 Mar 2022

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Keisha The Sket

She is joined at this event by writers Candice Carty-Williams and Aniefiok Ekpoudom, who have contributed essays to the print edition. The event is chaired by bestselling author and presenter, Candice Brathwaite. Keisha is a girl from the ends who is sharp, feisty and ambitious. She’s been labelled ‘top sket’, but she’s…

Fri 29 Oct

£10 / 0844 875 0073

L.U.M.E. (Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble)

A 15-piece group, Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble (L.U.M.E.) is composed of some of the most experienced Portuguese jazz and classical musicians. L.U.M.E. is inspired by the tradition of the big band - updated in an intelligent, ironic and skilful fashion. Through experimentation and adaptation of rock and classical…

Sun 14 Nov

£17.50 / 0844 875 0073

Laima

Building on the fact that the Southbank Centre was founded to help the city recover after the Second World War, Laima wants to draw on our historic function of recovery, healing and community support after collective trauma in this performance of her new music. She’s joined by special guests including Joe Goddard, Al…

Thu 10 Feb 2022

£20 / 0844 875 0073

Laima: Performative Manifesto and Q&A

The performance, prepared by Laima and the other participants, is informed by discussions taking place on the same day around the challenges and creative approaches of women in the creative industries. As well as sharing in the results of these discussions, you can add your voice in a Q&A. This event is part of our…

Wed 9 Feb 2022

£10 / 0844 875 0073

Laufey

Inspired by a musical family, she took up piano and cello early on. The muses of her teenage years were Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. She dove into music headfirst, captivated by the lush arrangements and dreamy vocals, and by her teenage years, she was already turning heads with a mesmerising style that belied her…

Sat 13 Nov

£20 / 0844 875 0073

Laurel Halo x LCO

The two come together for our Purcell Sessions to create something unique: a work in progress fusing the combined potential of a masterful orchestra and a producer toying with her new ideas. Laurel Halo is an American experimental music composer and producer who is currently based in Berlin. In 2021 she launched a new…

Thu 11 Nov

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Lyra Pramuk

Pramuk’s debut album Fountain was composed and arranged entirely using the sounds of her own voice. In her follow-up compilation, Delta, she reworks, recomposes and reconstructs the source material of Fountain and projects it through the many lenses of her colleagues and collaborators. This is music which fuses classical…

Sun 31 Oct

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Malika's Poetry Kitchen: Friends and Family

Also appearing are Jill Abram, who has been director of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen since 2010, Nick Makoha, Yomi ode, Kareem Parkins-Brown, Katie Griffiths and Kostya Tsolakis. Friendships begin, according to CS Lewis, when someone says to another: ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one!’ And that's how Malika’s Poetry…

Sat 30 Oct

£10 / 0844 875 0073

Manchester Collective: Heavy Metal

Big percussion, live electronics, and amplified strings. A distortion pedal called the Ibanez Tube Screamer makes an appearance. It’s not going to be a meditative listening experience. Sometimes, we all just need to scream into a pillow. Ben Nobuto’s work is utterly contemporary. His music assimilates and responds to the…

Fri 3 Dec

£25 / 0844 875 0073

Matthew Bourne: The Crowd

Very much in demand as a collaborator and co-conspirator, Matthew Bourne has his fingerprints on a huge number of projects. Bourne has worked with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Nils Frahm, Nostalgia 77 and Amon Tobin. The latest production from Opera North Projects, The Crowd is first performed in November at the…

Sun 21 Nov

£20 / 0844 875 0073

Music of Today: Glass, Metal, Wood, Water

Those forces are represented by electronic effects created from the sounds of glass, metal, wood and water.

Sun 28 Nov

FREE, ticket required / 0844 875 0073

Nabihah Iqbal x Libby Heaney: Cascade

This collaborative project is part of our Purcell Sessions. Through field recordings of the Thames, AI-generated sounds and visuals, as well as music and words, Iqbal and Heaney plunge you into an immersive world of real and artificial water-scapes. In Cascade the Thames serves as a focal point for the pair, pushing them…

Sat 29 Jan 2022

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Sun 30 Jan 2022

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Nabihah Iqbal x Libby Heaney: Cascade - Installation

You’re invited to sit for as long as you wish over two hours, forming a fluid, free-flowing audience that echoes the central focus of the pair’s work. Through field recordings of the Thames and AI-generated sounds and visuals, as well as music and words, Iqbal and Heaney plunge you into an immersive world of real and…

Sat 29 Jan 2022

£5 / 0844 875 0073

Sun 30 Jan 2022

£5 / 0844 875 0073

Neil Cowley

In 2021, Neil Cowley released Hall of Mirrors, a highly personal account of his relationship with his old friend the piano. It received support from Clash, Mojo and Uncut, plus radio plays from Benji B, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe. The album displays his embrace of a new musical direction (far from the jazz of the…

Sat 4 Dec

£20 / 0844 875 0073

Sun 5 Dec

£20 / 0844 875 0073

Out-Spoken: November

alice hiller’s debut, bird of winter, traces her experience of being groomed and then sexually abused as a child, and finding her way towards healing beyond this crime. Author of The T-Shirt Book, hiller is variously a freelance journalist, reviewer and curator. As part of her commitment to change through creativity…

Thu 25 Nov

£7–£10 / 0844 875 0073

Out-Spoken: October

The live music is provided by classical pianist Okiem, and blues/reggae harmonica legend Errol Linton, and of course Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield is here, spinning the best in reggae, soul and R and her first collection of poems is published by The 87 Press in 2021. Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author…

Thu 28 Oct

£7–£10 / 0844 875 0073

Robert Ames: Change Ringing

For Thursday’s performance, support comes from CARBS (Ben Corrigan and Robert Ames), and the special guest is Galya Bisengalieva. And on Friday, support comes from Sasha Scott, while Alex Somers appears as this evening’s special guest. Multifaceted, daring and explorative are a few words we can use to describe Robert…

Thu 4 Nov

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Fri 5 Nov

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Simon Munnery: Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour

Multi award-winner comedian with an innovative stand up show.

Wed 16 Feb 2022

£16 / 0844 875 0073

Soojin Suh Coloris Trio

Soojin Suh’s Coloris Trio works dynamically, blending their ‘melodic breath’, which is a central concept from Korean traditional music. The emphasis is on narrative forms with detailed arrangements and improvisation that grows from the pulse of the melody. The result is an array of striking moments and newfound musical…

Wed 17 Nov

£16.50 / 0844 875 0073

Take Five Presents: Beat Connections

This showcase of UK jazz talent pulls together three artists taking part in Take Five’s talent development initiative, which supports emerging jazz and improvising musicians through mentorship, residencies and collaborations. Past participants include Seb Rochford, Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed and Nubya Garcia. This…

Sat 20 Nov

£15 / 0844 875 0073

Take Five Presents: Improvisational Soundscapes

This afternoon performance is accompanied by an evening show, packed with more Take Five talent. A master of improvisation, double bass player John Pope explores the boundaries of and interplay between jazz, rock and experimental music. He is one third of trio Archipelago, and also works as a composer, arranger and…

Sat 20 Nov

£15 / 0844 875 0073

The Tiger Lillies’ Christmas Carol

The trio dissect and reassemble the story that everyone knows to shine a light on the poverty and depravity laid bare on the cold London streets. The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark, peculiar and varied, with moments of deep sadness, cruel black humour and immense beauty. Their songs cover all the dark aspects of life…

Tue 14 Dec

£18 / 0844 875 0073

Wed 15 Dec

£18 / 0844 875 0073

Thu 16 Dec

£18 / 0844 875 0073

…and 10 more dates until 30 Dec

Tracey Thorn: My Rock 'n' Roll Friend

Tracey Thorn, the singer-songwriter, columnist and memoirist, speaks to Tom Gatti about her most recent book, My Rock ’n’ Roll Friend, and finding female friendship within the male-dominated music industry. In 1983, backstage at the Lyceum in London, Thorn first met the drummer Lindy Morrison. They became confidantes…

Sun 24 Oct

£10 / 0844 875 0073

WOOM: Into the Rest

For this evolution of the WOOM live show, they move into new terrain, both sonically and visually, by playing with extra instrumentalists. In a Purcell Sessions collaboration, WOOM are joined by a quartet of strings and horns, sounds that emulate and expand their voices. With this added element, the group showcases songs…

Thu 10 Mar 2022

£12.50 / 0844 875 0073

yeule

The (n)secure show is also accompanied by an AI-integrated installation which runs during the day. yeule is the manifested reflection of Singaporean artist Nat miel. Their music is angelic, but pierced by shattered distortion and sharp interference. Their first full length release, *Serotonin II

Sat 5 Mar 2022

£12.50 / 0844 875 0073

yeule: (n)secure: Installation

n(secure) twists the phenomenon of hikikomori, a total withdrawal from society, in this interactive noise installation. It is the alternate reality of a safe haven, playing with the lines drawn between personal spaces and the outside world. As forces bleed into the room, they trigger chaos and stasis. The (n)secure…

Sat 5 Mar 2022

£5 / 0844 875 0073

Sun 6 Mar 2022

£5 / 0844 875 0073