Music in South Kensington

For all music lovers, South Kensington has plenty to offer from masterclasses, percussion festivals, big bands, classical, world music, live orchestras, music for all the family and so much more.

American Chamber Series

31st Jan - 21st Feb
Royal College of Music
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Four concerts inspired by the sounds, country and landscape of America, plus film composers' work beyond the screen.

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RCM Big Band

1st Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Multi-award-winning jazz trombonist Mark Nightingale directs another entertaining evening of toe-tapping tunes from the outstanding musicians of the RCM Big Band, recently described as 'brilliant' by Jazzwise Magazine.

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Late Night Jazz

Various Thursday's
Royal Albert Hall
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An intimate Late Night Jazz series presents sensational music in the sultry setting of the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Various Thursday nights

RCM New Perspectives: John Adams at 70

9th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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This concert marks the 70th birthday of influential American composer John Adams with a performance of his playful and imaginative clarinet concerto Gnarly Buttons.

Composition for Screen Showcase

10th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Don’t miss this highlight of the RCM season which showcases music by talented RCM composers for screen, performed live to new films by young producers.

Weber in London

12th Feb
2.30pm
Royal College of Music
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This exploration of Carl Maria von Weber’s music sees the Royal College of Music Classical Orchestra joined by musicians from the Utrecht Conservatorium.

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Indian Classical Music for kids

13th Feb
10.30am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of Indian classical music, these concerts are aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy. The Blue Lions present a concert of traditional works and very rare compositions, some of which are hundreds of years old.

Orchestral Masterworks: Symphony no 35

16th Feb
6pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM’s rush-hour Orchestral Masterworks series continues with an all-Mozart programme, featuring the first of the great composer’s last three symphonies

Sacconi Quartet

20th Feb
1.05pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM’s Quartet in Association returns for a programme of Mozart and Philip Glass, exploring the old and the new.

RCM Wind Ensemble

20th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Join us for a varied programme of pieces for wind ensemble, including the world premiere of RCM composer Ray Leung’s Waiting for alto flute, featuring Sirius Chau as soloist.

Orchestral Masterworks: Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2

23rd Feb
6pm
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RCM Visiting Professor of Conducting Martyn Brabbins returns to conduct the talented musicians of the RCM Philharmonic in Rachmaninov’s ravishing and romantic Symphony no 2.

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RCM's Students FIlm Orchestra

26th Feb
7.30pm
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The RCM Students’ Film Orchestra brings the sound of sci-fi into the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall with music from cinematic favourites such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

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Love Classical

4-15th March
Royal Albert Hall
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Love Classical is a 12-day festival of classical music-themed events taking place across seven different spaces around the Hall, from the iconic auditorium to deep underground in our Loading Bay.

Martin Lovett 90th Tribute Concert

5th March
3pm
Royal College of Music
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Join us as we celebrate the distinguished career of cellist and RCM alumnus Martin Lovett, a member of one of the most celebrated string quartets of the 20th century.

Women in Music

8th March
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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To mark International Women’s Day the Royal College of Music presents an exciting series of events highlighting the wide-ranging exceptional female talent in music today.

America Calls!

12-14th March
Various
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music’s ever-popular keyboard festival is back! This year we celebrate composers who have moved from their home countries to live and work in the USA.

RCM Chamber Week

14-17th March
Various
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Join us for the first ever RCM Chamber Week as Royal College of Music students explore the delights of music-making in duos, trios, quartets, quintets and more.

Classical Spectacular

16-19th March
3pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture – the March 2017 season promises to be bigger and more thrilling than ever!

Music & Ideas: Maria Callas, a Musical Friendship

16th March
5.15pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM alumnus Robert Sutherland shares his experience of coaching and accompanying Maria Callas on her final worldwide concert tour.

The Music of Bond

11th April
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform The Music of Bond, following its sensational sell-out performance in October 2015. Presented by A View to a Kill’s ‘Bond girl’ Fiona Fullerton.

Handel's Messiah on Good Friday

14th April
2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1876. This annual concert is one of London’s great Easter traditions and the perfect way to spend Good Friday afternoon

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A celebration of World Voices

15th April
5pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A host of leading youth choirs from around the world unite for a unique evening of performance, as young singers from as far afield as South Africa, Israel and Indonesia take to the Royal Albert Hall stage.

Mozart's Requiem

7th May
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most popular of all choral works with as many as 2,000 singers performing, and with an intriguing history to add mystery to the music: Mozart, already a sick man, had illusions that he was writing the Requiem for himself!

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Brassed Off Live!

9th May
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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British classic Brassed Off comes to the Royal Albert Hall for a special screening with live accompaniment by the brass band that inspired the story.

Abbaophonic

10th May
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrating ABBA’s greatest hits in all their show-stopping glory, West End stars Abbie Osmon and Emma Kershaw will perform an amazing line-up of the Swedish pop group’s timeless classics in the RPO’s popular show, ABBAphonic.

RCM Sparks

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From babies to teens, RCM Sparks run a variety of inspiring events for a range of abilities, including family workshops, concerts and courses