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Do you have a favourite piece of classical music? For their Stories of the Season the Southbank Centre has been asking its friends and participating festival members what their favourite piece of music is. For example, Sandeep Virdee, who is the artistic director of the Darbar Festival, said 'Raga Darbari Kanada is my music of choice. It is a timeless piece that takes me on a journey of reflection, sorrow, hope and triumph.' A raga is a form of Indian classical music that uses five or more notes to create a melody, and is based on the moods and changes of the season.

Daijon, a nine year old violinist who participates in Harmony Lambeth, like Mars, The Bringer of War because it is loud and fast all at the same time'. The piece is part of Gustav Holst's The Planets, and will be performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra on the 20th October.

On the 9th November you can Listen to Music In Twelve Parts, performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble. This is a favourite of composer, Nico Muhly. While Marion Aslop is always taken back to her childhood when she hears Brahms's String Sextet in B flat major.

For those who share Jacqui Wier O'Brien's love of The Matrix, you won't want to miss out on The Philharmonic Orchestra's performance on the 29th November. They will be playing Don Davis's scores from the film. For Kerry Brotherwood, a regular concert goer, she loves Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs which will be performed on the 5th June 2014 as part of Strauss's hundred and fiftieth anniversary.

Southbank also want to know what your favourite piece of music is. You can share your experiences with music on Twitter at #favouritepiece, and if you submit an answer before the 28th February, you could win a year's membership. I can never remember the names of any of the classical pieces, but my favourites tend to be big operatics that were used as scores in Tom & Jerry cartoons; they're so dynamic, vibrant, and energetic.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: Until 5th June 2014
Phone: 44 (0)20 7960 4200
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: 9-40
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