Put yourself at the heart of the action for just £10.

RINGSIDE SEATS

Put yourself at the heart of the action for just £10.

Sit ringside at Royal Festival Hall for just a tenner, and experience the thrill of a live symphony orchestra – the Philharmonia – in full flow.

We guarantee you great music and great seats within a few metres of the stage.

And for fun we’ll keep your exact seats a secret until the day: you could be in the front row, in the choir stalls right behind the trumpets – or even in a box.

Book in just a few clicks: no transaction fee; no postage; no fuss.

HOW IT WORKS

  • £10 a seat
  • Save up to £18.50 per ticket
  • Book up to 4 seats per concert (all seats will be allocated together)
  • No transaction fees or postage costs
  • Pick up your tickets on the night from our friendly front-of-house team
  • A wide range of live music to choose from
  • Limited availability: up to 100 seats per concert
  • Concerts on Thursdays or Sundays

Thursday 16 Jan 2020, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Richard Watkins horn

Allan Clayton tenor


Weber Overture, Der Freischütz

Turnage Towards Alba for horn and orchestra

Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel

The Philharmonia turns 75 this year, and we’re celebrating with a concert showing off our horn players past and present. Britten’s eerily beautiful Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings sets poems evoking evening, and Mark-Anthony Turnage has written us a horn concerto inspired by poems about dawn.


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Sunday 19 Jan 2020, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Tom Blomfield oboe


Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 6

Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto

Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements

75 years ago the Philharmonia Orchestra was born – and so were the three pieces in tonight’s programme, responses to the violence of war by Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky and Strauss. Our fantastic Principal Oboe Tom Blomfield, just 24 years old, is the soloist in Strauss’s nostalgic Oboe Concerto.


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Sunday 9 Feb 2020, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Behzod Abduraimov piano


Borodin Overture, Prince Igor

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Ready for an emotional roller-coaster ride? Take Rachmaninov’s heart-wrenching Piano Concerto No. 2, probably the most popular piano concerto in history, pair it with Prokofiev’s Fifth symphony, a powerful hymn to freedom composed during the Second World War, and fasten your seatbelt.


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Thursday 13 Feb 2020, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Lahav Shani conductor


Kirill Gerstein piano


Prokofiev Overture, War and Peace

Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

Which bit of this concert will you be humming on the way home? The gorgeous melody of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (the really lush part is Variation 18, if you want to add it to your playlist right now)? Or the threatening march of the Montagues and the Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet?


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Sunday 23 Feb 2020, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Yuri Temirkanov conductor


Emmanuel Tjeknavorian violin


Sibelius Violin Concerto

Brahms Symphony No. 4

Sibelius’s violin concerto is a pinnacle in the repertoire of any violinist. Hauntingly beautiful melodies – check. Devilishly difficult passages – check. Ethereal high notes – check. Come and hear it in the hands of exceptional young violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. Then let yourself be swept up in the emotion and grandeur of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony.


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Thursday 27 Feb 2020, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


John Wilson conductor


Leonidas Kavakos violin


Barber First Essay

Korngold Violin Concerto

Elgar Symphony No. 3

Edward Elgar, quintessential English composer, rubs shoulders with two American greats: Samuel Barber (ever wondered what else he wrote apart from the Adagio for Strings?) and Erich Korngold. An Oscar-winning film composer in the 1930s and 40s, Korngold worked his favourite melodies from his films into a ravishing Violin Concerto.


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Thursday 5 Mar 2020, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London


Sir George Benjamin conductor


Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano

James Hall countertenor

Philharmonia Voices (Ladies) choir


Oliver Knussen Choral

Messiaen Le merle bleu from Catalogue d'oiseaux for solo piano

Benjamin Duet for piano and orchestra

Benjamin Dream of the Song

Janáček Sinfonietta

25 brass players raise the roof in Janáček’s thrilling Sinfonietta. But first it’s time for something much more recent. George Benjamin conducts his own Dream of the Song, vivid settings of Andalusian poetry, alongside music by his teacher Olivier Messiaen and his friend Oliver Knussen.


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