If you’re new to classical

The essentials: where your classical journey begins.

Taking TikTok by storm

It’s official. Anna Lapwood has made the organ cool. With millions of likes and hundreds of thousands of followers, Anna has become a TikTok sensation, sharing her love of classical music and the organ with people all over the world. She joins us at the Royal Festival Hall organ in November to make a roof-raising blast of sound that you simply have to hear live!

Julian Joseph plays Gershwin | 22 November 2023 | London

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Movie magic

Think of three film composers. You probably had John Williams in there, right? He’s written some of the most iconic film scores of all time and tonight, we’re bringing some of his most-loved to life. Soar over Hogwarts with Hedwig, fly through the skies with Superman and brave danger with TinTin.

Mutter plays John Williams | 13 January 2024 | London

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A musical adventure

When composer Hector Berlioz saw actress Harriet Smithson performing in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it was love at first sight. On his part, anyway. His response to unrequited love? A roof-raising, musical phantasmagoria that was scored for the biggest orchestra the world had seen, complete with a ball, witches, and plenty of earworms!

Symphonie fantastique | 24 January 2024 | London

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Date night sorted

Shakespeare’s star-cross’d lovers have inspired composers for centuries. Prokofiev’s great ballet music is as sharp as a rapier and as tender as a kiss (complete with the theme tune to TV’s The Apprentice!), while Tchaikovsky’s version contains the ultimate musical shorthand for passion – you’re sure to recognise it.

Romeo and Juliet | 22 March 2024 | London

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Randall Goosby plays Mozart | 24 March 2024 | Eastbourne

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We think you’ll love

It’s hard not to like Holst’s The Planets. Whether you’ve heard it hundreds of times or this is your first listen, get set to be whisked away on a voyage beyond time and space with magical colours and unforgettable tunes.

The Planets | 12 April 2024 | London

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50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Not all classical music sounds alike. Unsure which composer’s music you’d like the best? Start with ’50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music’, a chart-topping selection of some of the most famous music in history.

Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, Royal Festival Hall and Henry Wood Hall with state-of-the-art equipment to achieve the very best sound quality attainable – now available in Spatial Audio.

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