Best classical music events in London

Classical music events in London

Free and fortissimo

Classical music might conjure up the idea of a hefty ticket price but, in London, there are plenty of free classical concerts and events. If you’re a little strapped for cash, head along to one of the free afternoon concerts at St Martin in the Fields near Trafalgar Square. You can also attend one of the Royal College of Music’s free events in beautiful venues across the city.

London is home to rich musical history and some of the most talented musicians in the world. With both long-standing British institutions and a constant stream of visiting international acts, if you love classical music, then London is one of the best places you can visit to indulge your passions.

Outstanding Orchestras

No classical aficionado could resist paying a visit to one of the multitude of orchestras that make London their home. The London Philharmonic Orchestra, as heard on Howard Shore’s incredible soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who recorded the score for The Bridge on the River Kwai hold concerts in their home theatres. You’ll also find The London Symphony Orchestra, famous for recording John Williams’ beautiful music for Star Wars, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra at the heart of the BBC Proms. With so many extraordinary ensembles you really are spoilt for choice.

Royal Albert Hall
Image: By Diliff from Wikimedia Commons

The BBC Proms

Undoubtedly, one of the best seasons of classical music events – not just in London but in the whole of the UK – is the BBC Proms. Referred to by Czech composer Ji?í B?lohlávek as “the world’s largest and most democratic music festival”, the eight-week season should be on any classical music lover’s list. Concerts are dedicated to anniversaries of composers from around the world or notable events in history, and this year it’s the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. There are even special concerts like the CBeebies prom for young children, as well as family workshops, talks, readings and forays into jazz in tribute to the likes of Nina Simone and Duke Ellington.

The best and most famous night of the Proms is the final night, held in one of the most imposing classical concert venues in London – the Royal Albert Hall. It usually takes place on the second night in September and, although tickets are like gold dust and very difficult to come by, it’s well broadcasted by the BBC. It features some of the greatest and most recognisable pieces of classical music in the world, followed by a celebration of Britain’s contribution to the genre. It’s a night not to be missed.

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