Southbank Centre featured free events, 13th – 19th May 2019

Southbank Centre featured free events, 13th – 19th May 2019

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These are some of the selected free events taking place at The Southbank Centre from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th May 2019. Click on the event title for further information.

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Archive Studio: Drop-in Volunteer Session

13 March to 18 June 2019| Various times | Royal Festival Hall | Free but ticketed

Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the Archive Studio, as well as giving much-appreciated help to our collections team.

Everyone is welcome, no skills required. For ages 16 +


Kate Cooper

15 May – 23 June 2019| Various times | HENI Project Space, Hayward Gallery

11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed. Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

In this free HENI Project Space exhibition, the artist presents a new large-scale video installation composed of video works that focus on the vulnerability and instability of the body.

At once mimicking and critiquing the kind of idealised images that dominate today’s visual culture, Kate Cooper’s unsettling works explore gender, technology and the politics of labour.

Each video features computer-generated bodies drawn from the language of commercial image production. Over the course of each work, Cooper’s CGI figures take on different roles, change form, become sick and lose something of their previous perfection.


Creating Actress x Stockhausen Sin (x) II

Tuesday 14 May 2019 | 5.30pm | Royal Festival Hall , St Paul’s Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side | Free, but ticketed

Discover the people and the process behind this new opera from contemporary electronic musician Actress and his artificial intelligence project, Young Paint.

This panel discussion about the show features Darren Cunningham, the artist more often known as Actress; conductor Robert Ames of London Contemporary Orchestra; Baroness Jenkin of Kennington; Jochem Valkenburg, Programming Director of Music and Music Theatre at Holland Festival, AI developer Dr Louis McCallum, and pianist and student of Stockhausen Vanessa Benelli Mosell. Lauren Martin will host the discussion.

Book your tickets here

This is event is part of Composers’ Collective

#Talks #Southbank

May Moves Social Tea Dance

Wednesday 15 May 2019| Royal Festival Hall | The Clore Ballroom, Level 2

May Moves Social Tea Dance

Show off your best moves at our monthly tea dance, with classics including rhumba, tango and the waltz.

There’s no need to bring a partner, no previous dancing experience is necessary and you don’t need to book – just turn up


Philharmonia Chamber Players: Schubert & Mendelssohn

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 6pm | Royal Festival Hall

A treat for string quartet fans: Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op.80, composed as a requiem for his beloved sister Fanny.

The one surviving movement of an unfinished string quartet, Schubert’s Quartettsatz burns with a fiery passion – the music perfectly blends carefree violin motifs with moments of powerful drama from the entire ensemble. With his matchless ear for melody, enjoy as Schubert explores the entire expressive range of the less

Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 evokes a far more personal tragedy, commemorating the death of his sister Fanny – the composer himself died two months after completing the work. Growing out of a stormy opening movement, the music never finds peace: even the slower third movement is filled with yearning and loss, and the finale returns to the nervous anguish of the beginning.

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series.


  • Rebecca Chan violin
  • Eugene Lee violin
  • Richard Waters viola
  • Ella Rundle cello

RepertoireSchubert: String Quartet in C minor, D.703 (Quartettsatz)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80

Friday Tonic: Erika de Casier

Friday 17 May 2019| 3.30 pm |Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer

Get caught on the irresistible hooks of the Copenhagen-based producer and songwriter’s blend of 1990s G-funk and R&B at a free Friday evening concert.

With her characteristic melancholic voice, Erika de Casier manages to express a deeper meaning even on tracks with a pop sensibility.

Latest track ‘Do My Thing’ is the third to be released from her solo project. The previous two (‘What u Wanna do?’ and ‘Intimate’), landed her a prestigious prize from leading Danish music magazine Soundvenue.

Last year, de Casier appeared on the electronic music scene when she featured on a single called ‘Drive’ with DJ Central and DJ Sports. Resident Advisor praised the track, saying: ‘good luck not replaying it when it’s done, and many times after that.’

Friday Tonic: Erika de Casier

#Music #FridayTonic

Disclaimer: The information in this website is subject to changes and cancellation. We always recommend to check with the organiser.

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