Purcell Room reopens as contemporary hub

The Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room is to reopen on September 16 after an 18 month refurbishment.

The venue is being branded as a destination for contemporary culture with a new series of 100 events over a year entitled Purcell Sessions.

The series will feature audiovisual installations, album launches, new collaborations, new commissions and cross-genre concepts.

Names included in the first line-up are FAUZIA, Coby Sey, Lyra Pramuk, Abyss X, Nabihah Iqbal and Libby Heaney. Holly Blakey and Jeremy Deller will be collaborating for the first time alongside Gwilym Gold, Dave Okumu, Oliver Coates and The Smile’s Tom Skinner, as well as long-time collaborators Philharmonia Orchestra with violinist Pekka Kuusisto, London Sinfonietta and new artistic partners, Manchester Collective (main image, showing music director Rakhi Singh).

Dubbed “London’s room for the curious”, the Purcell Rooms has in the past welcomed major international performers including David Bowie, Patti Smith and Nick Cave.

 “The legacy of the Purcell Room is woven deep into the fabric of this space, from the artists who’ve played to packed out audiences to the composers who’ve challenged with bold new work” said Gillian Moore, the Southbank’s director of music. “As it reopens Purcell Sessions will launch us into our next chapter, as this most intimate space becomes our nexus of creativity and innovation.”

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