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.

Anne Boleyn's Music Book

24th Sept
2pm
Royal College of Music
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The Anne Boleyn Music Book is one of the most significant books of Renaissance music in Britain and one of the RCM’s greatest treasures. Join short talks by experts and a performance of excerpts of the manuscript music by Alamire ensemble.

James Horner: A Life in Music

24th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The World Premiere of James Horner: A Life in Music is a celebration of the composer’s greatest music for film, including the epic scores to Braveheart, Titanic, Glory, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, Avatar and Aliens.

‘Europeans’ lunchtime concert

28th Sep
1pm
Ognisko Polskie
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In celebration of National Poetry Day, pianist and composer Guy Pearson presents a lunchtime concert featuring original musical settings to some of the best loved European poets.

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

30th Sept 2017 - 25th Feb 2018
V&A
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This is the 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.

Festival of Film

1 Oct - 3 Nov
Royal Albert Hall
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The Festival of Film returns, celebrating the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s most stunning scores. Packed with immersive movie and music experiences, including a host of screenings, concerts with a film flavour, exhibitions, talks and tours.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe: Schumann’s Symphony No 2

5th Oct
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music welcome back principal players from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, who are renowned for their enthusiastic performances and shared love of music-making between members of various cultural backgrounds.

Marmen Quartet

6th Oct
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The Marmen Quartet – the Royal College of Music’s new Artist Diploma in Chamber Music string quartet – perform lyrical quartets by Brahms, Haydn and Janáček.

Sir Thomas Allen: Enoch Arden

11th Oct
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM alumnus and renowned opera star Sir Thomas Allen CBE performs Strauss’ heart-breaking melodrama in English, accompanied by Michael Rosewell.

RCM Brass Ensemble

11th Oct
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic and RCM Visiting Professor of Horn, joins Nigel Black and the RCM Brass Ensemble for an exhilarating and varied programme.

Orchestral Masterworks: Songs of the Auvergne

12th Oct
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Martin André conducts the RCM Philharmonic and mezzo soprano Katie Coventry in Canteloube’s lush collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of France, sung in the Occitan language.

Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 (part of the Philharmonia Orchestra Series)

18th Oct - 13th Nov
Royal College of Music
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From chamber music concerts to a performance with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Royal Festival Hall, we explore the varied music from the extraordinary period of the Russian Revolution.

Austentatious

21st Oct
2.30-4pm
Kensington Palace
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An entirely improvised comedy play in the style of Jane Austen. Join the cast as they create a riotously funny new literary masterpiece, based on a title suggested by the audience. They will perform in full Regency costume, with live musical accompaniment.

Mozart's Requiem

9th & 10th Nov
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Monumental, mysterious and tragic, Mozart died before finishing what turned out to be his own Requiem. It remains a timeless choral classic, and will be performed by RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble perform Sriyah

24th & 26th Nov
7.30-9pm
Science Museum
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To celebrate the Illuminating India exhibition, the Science Museum are welcoming the world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble for two very special intimate evenings of dance and live music.

RCM International Festival of Viols

27th & 28th Nov
Royal College of Music
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The RCM’s International Festival of Viols is one of the leading events in the musical calendar, taking in concerts, masterclasses and lectures. This year features the talents of virtuoso viola da gamba player, Hille Perl.

The Cunning Little Vixen

27th Nov - 2nd Dec
7pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM International Opera School and conductor Michael Rosewell present their autumn production of Janáček’s tragi-comic opera The Cunning Little Vixen, which explores the cycles of life and nature.

Harlem Quartet

4th Dec
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Continuing its three-year residency, New York’s Harlem Quartet returns to the RCM for a concert of exciting works, featuring pieces by Beethoven and Webern.

From the Soundhouse: RCM Studios at 50

5th Dec
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the RCM Studios, significant works from each decade will be performed by professors and students who have been associated with the Studios during this time

RCM New Perspectives

7th Dec
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM’s flagship contemporary music group presents two exciting world premieres from RCM composers, alongside works by Harrison Birtwistle and George Benjamin.

Disney in Concert: Beauty & the Beast

9th December
2pm, 6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told, is presented live in concert for the first time ever, with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Vienna Calling

10th Dec
3pm
Royal College of Music
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In this unique collaboration with the Vienna Conservatoire for the Performing Arts, state-of-the-art technology meets composition in astounding style. Musicians in London and Vienna perform four world premieres made possible by live-streaming software.

Percussion Showcase

12th Dec
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM’s Percussion Faculty returns for another thrilling showcase, featuring one of John Cage's iconic works for percussion.

Space Spectacular

11-12th May 2018
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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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.

Symphonic Star Wars

29th Oct
3pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Feel the force of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a one-off spectacular family show featuring the most iconic music by John Williams from the Star Wars® films in a dazzling light show!

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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

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RCM International Double Bass Festival

5th Nov
10am
Royal College of Music
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The RCM International Double Bass Festival returns with another action-packed day of inspiring performances, masterclasses and seminars, including world premieres of works by David Heyes and John Alexander.

Trio Apaches: Brahms

15th Nov
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Trio Apaches performs Brahms’ second piano trio, which was declared by Clara Schumann as ’a great musical treat’. The trio is then joined by an RCM violist for Brahms’ turbulent third piano quartet.

Sacconi Quartet

24th Nov
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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It is said that Haydn traded his ‘best manuscript’ for a pair of razors, resulting in the unusual nickname of the opening quartet in tonight’s concert, which is followed by Janáček, Haydn and Shostakovich.

Orchestral Masterworks: Wagner

30th Nov
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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In our final Orchestral Masterworks concert of the year, the RCM Philharmonic and Martyn Brabbins showcase some of Wagner’s greatest orchestral music, including much-loved favourites such as the Ride of the Valkyries.