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.

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

30th Sept 2017 - 25th Feb 2018
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Last chance to see this first exhibition in the breathtaking new Sainsbury Gallery Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day.

Yoga with Live Music

3rd March
10.30 am
Royal Albert Hall
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Join yoga teacher Jasmine Pradhan and cellist Timothée Botbol for a special Yoga and Live Music session in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.

Festival of Science: Space

2nd May - 28th June 2018
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks. screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old.

Space Spectacular

11-12th May 2018
2.30pm, 7.30pm
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A voyage through a galaxy of favourite music from deep space and beyond, with lights, lasers and indoor fireworks. Space Spectacular will feature works by Holst, Strauss and John Williams.

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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

Women and the Hall

25th Jan - 26th April
Royal Albert Hall
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Women and the Hall celebrates the women who formed the Royal Albert Hall’s history and were instrumental in the fight for women’s suffrage, and provides a platform for the women who are shaping our future, through a season of talks, film screenings and performances.

Planet Earth II Live

13th May 2018
2pm, 6pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Planet Earth II Live in Concert brings us closer to the spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas on our planet than ever before. This musical and visual concert features breath-taking footage from the BBC series, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

Star Trek in Concert

2nd June
2.30pm, 7.30 pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Prepare for warp speed once again… set your phasers to stun… and get ready to boldly go where no one has gone before… Star Trek – In Concert, with Michael Giacchino’s score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert

14th June
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Steven Spielberg’s 1977 UFO blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be screened at the Royal Albert Hall, with John Williams’ groundbreaking score performed live to picture by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and English Chamber Choir, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Star Trek Beyond in Concert

3rd June
2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of a Star Trek weekend, Star Trek Beyond – In Concert will be screened in the Royal Albert Hall, with Michael Giacchino’s score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

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Keyboard Festival: Fin de la Belle Époque

11th March
11am
Royal College of Music
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This spring the annual keyboard festival marks the centenary of Debussy’s death with a complete performance of his evocative piano Préludes, interspersed with movements from Louis Vierne’s Symphony no 3 for organ. Doors are open all day.

Composition for Screen Showcase

16th March
7.30pm
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Don’t miss this chance to hear music by current RCM composers as it’s meant to be experienced – performed live to new films by young producers, projected above the players in the atmospheric Britten Theatre.

Live Music & Food

Most Fridays
8pm
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A variety of Live Music & Food events take place in Verdi – the Royal Albert Hall's Italian Restaurant. From classical, jazz,,gypsy swing to world music. We recommend you book in advance.

Ognisko Ensemble: Chopin, Tchaikovsky

22nd & 23rd Feb
7.30pm
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Founded and directed by violinist Michał Ćwiżewicz, the ensemble brings together leading chamber musicians in programmes featuring string and piano ensembles, song and instrumental recitals, as well as collaborating with illustrious guest artists from the UK and abroad.

TriOperas performing live in the Opera: Passion, Power & Politics exhibition

16th - 25th Feb
1-1.30pm
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The grand finale to Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition is a series of free lunchtime performances giving you a sneak peek of the hit show, TriOperas. Three legendary operas - Turandot, Madam Butterfly and Carmen - come together for a journey of love, vengeance, tears and laughter.

Kinoteka: Bestia

17th March
6pm
Ognisko Polskie
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The silent film stars Pola Negri in one of her first roles as a young cabaret dancer who falls in love with a married man. He abandons his wife for her, but when Pola realises he already has a family she wants nothing to do with him. Screening to be accompanied by a piano recital featuring Artur Haftman.

Kinoteka: Moonlight Sonata

18th March
6pm
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If you’re a fan of old-time love stories and classic piano, then this is the screening for you. The famous pianist Jan Paderewski plays himself as a house guest to a Swedish baroness. At the house her granddaughter is wooed by a smooth-talking charlatan. Screening followed by a piano recital.

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Free Friday Music

Fridays
12pm/8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy great food, drink and free live music in the Hall’s Verdi – Italian Kitchen the perfect place to wind down, laugh and eat well with friends and family over a bottle of great Italian wine. These concerts take place at lunchtime and dinner - booking in advance is recommended.

Gladiator Live in Concert

23rd June
2.30pm, 7.30pm
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Ridley Scott’s legendary five-time Academy Award®-winning film will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s complete Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning score live, conducted by Justin Freer, with vocal soloist Lisa Gerrard.

Amadeus Live

2nd Nov
7.30pm
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This unmissable screening of the film (winner of eight Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes), will feature live music performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who recorded the original film soundtrack, and the Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Jurassic Park - in Concert

29th Sept
2.30pm, 7.30pm
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Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary! Dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventure finds man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival.

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

24th Oct
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter in Concert. Based on the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

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Indian Spring Festival

25th Feb
11-5pm
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Take part in this free festival of Indian music and dance with performances given by members of the Bhavan Centre of Indian culture, art and heritage.

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Mette Theatre: V&A Opera Resident

17th Jan - 23rd Mar
1-4pm
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Metta Theatre is a theatre company in residency at the V&A. During their residency they are collaborating with composer Oliver Brignall to develop a new opera 'roles' exploring canonical female characters emancipated from the historically male gaze.

Orchestral Masterworks: Ravel's Mother Goose Suite

8th March
7pm
Royal College of Music
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One of Ravel's most exquisite works, the whimsical suite of fairy-tales inspired by the Mother Goose stories is led by Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Holly Mathieson.

RCM Symphony Orchestra: Stravinsky's Journey

27th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Singers from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory join us for Renard – the fable of the Fox, the Cock, the Tomcat and the Ram – and Mavra, based on a poem by Pushkin, which tell nostalgic stories from Stravinsky's homeland in Russia.

Thomas Trotter Recital

25th Feb
5pm
Royal College of Music
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Experience the full power of the RCM's new organ with a rush-hour concert from world-renowned organist Thomas Trotter, to end the day-long organ festival celebration.

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Music and Shakespeare

5th March
5.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Ahead of our first performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, join us for a celebration of Shakespeare’s texts set to music by Schubert, Schumann, Quilter, Joseph Horovitz, Finzi and Poulenc in this pre-opera event. Tickets free but booking required.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

5th, 6th, 8th, 10th March
7pm
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Based on Shakespeare's comic play, RCM alumnus Benjamin Britten’s much-loved opera A Midsummer Night's Dream has enchanted audiences since its first performance at the Aldeburgh Festival over 50 years ago.

International Women's Day at the RCM

8th March
6pm
Royal College of Music
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On International Women's Day RCM musicians celebrate the talents of groundbreaking female composers, including vocal works by Clara Schumann, Lili and Nadia Boulanger and Judith Weir.

Russian Chamber Music: News & Suspense

13th March
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Discover the revolutionary soundworld of Alexander Mosolov with one of his provocative miniatures for voice inspired by newspaper announcements.

Russian Chamber Music: Dance & Turbulence

16th May
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg's unique works are paired alongside chamber pieces by his good friend Shostakovich and Prokofiev’s 'Trapeze' quartet written for a travelling troupe in Paris.

Bach Cantatas

4th March
3pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra come together to perform two joyous cantatas by JS Bach.

The English Patient Live

18th Oct
6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the multi-Academy Award® winning 1996 motion picture, The English Patient on a vast HD screen while Gabriel Yared’s Oscar-winning score is performed live in-sync by a full orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.