Our Southbank Centre 2020/21 Season

19 February 2020

Announcing our 2020/21 Southbank Centre season!

We’re presenting three colourful concerts that invite you into three distinct, vibrant worlds. Expect an exploration of time from the playful to the nightmarish, a journey through the shades of love, and a special collaboration with violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Staged at our Associate Orchestra home the Queen Elizabeth Hall, these orchestral adventures spark exciting conversations across musical genres and art forms, including Frank Zappa’s anarchic tour de force The Adventures of Greggery Peccary, Piazolla’s tangos with dancers, a memorised performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti – all within the imaginative setting of our Orchestral Theatre series.

Here’s what to look forward to.

Tick, Tock
Thu 1 October 2020, 7.30pm

Elena Kats-Chernin Clocks
John Adams Gnarly Buttons
Leroy Anderson The Typewriter
Frank Zappa The Adventures of Greggery Peccary

Timothy Orpen clarinet

Explore ideas of time from the playful to the nightmarish in this Orchestral Theatre production that pairs Frank Zappa’s zany masterpiece The Adventures of Greggery Peccary with contrasting works by Elena Kats-Chernin, Leroy Anderson and John Adams. Learn more

Seasons of Love
Sat 20 March 2021, 7.30pm

Copland Appalachian Spring (suite for 13 players)
Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Purcell ‘When I am laid in earth’ from Dido and Aeneas
Piazzolla Libertango
Gardel Por una Cabeza
Bernstein (arr. Farrington) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (from memory)

Arabella Steinbacher violin
Martynas Levickis accordion

Journey through the varying shades of love with Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and a set of pieces with tango dancers. Learn more


Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
Sun 4 July 2021, 3pm

Programme to include:
Violin Concerto

Nicola Benedetti violin

Experience Beethoven’s soaring Violin Concerto in this special collaboration with Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Learn more

Tickets go on sale 27 February for Southbank Centre Members, 3 March for the general public.