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.

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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

Summer of Love

1st May - 5th July
Royal Albert Hall
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In this series of talks, screenings and performances, the Royal Albert Hall celebrate the iconic artists and creative minds so strongly linked with the building’s history, who together pushed pop culture to its limits.

Royal College of Music Concerts at the V&A

19th May, 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd June
6.30-7.30pm
V&A
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Musicians from the Royal College of Music perform at the V&A on the first three Fridays in the month in Gallery 4 - The Globe .

Musical Moments

First Monday of every month
7pm
Ognisko Polskie
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These concerts take place on the first Monday of every month and are followed by a buffet with wine. Presenting young, highly talented musicians who are already making their mark in the music world.

Space Spectacular

16-17th June
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.

The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and more

18th June
6pm
Royal Albert Hall
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To mark what would have been Elmer Bernstein's 95th birthday, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra present the European premiere of a very special concert celebrating Elmer’s life through stories and music,

RCM Masterclasses

Various
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music regularly welcomes some of today’s greatest artists to work with star RCM musicians. This season includes masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov and James Galway.

Trio Apaches

21st June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Trio Apaches and RCM musicians explore more than 100 years of music for string ensemble.

RCM Brass Ensemble

21st June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Brass Ensemble returns with an all-Strauss programme, including an arrangement of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Orchestral Masterworks

5th May, 22nd Jun
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Beat the rush-hour and join the RCM Philharmonic for spectacular short concerts featuring popular symphonic hits and well-known concertos.

Free

Exploring the Archives

26th June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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For the final concert in this series, RCM musicians perform a selection of rare works and all-time favourites from the late-18th to early-19th centuries.

RCM Wind Ensemble

27th June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Head of Woodwind Simon Channing directs Gounod's little symphony for flute and wind ensemble, alongside an arrangement of Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn.

Sacconi Quartet

29th June
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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The award-winning Sacconi Quartet presents a thrilling programme of contrasting passions and sentiments.

RCM Symphony Orchestra

29th-30th June
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Symphony Orchestra are joined by guest conductor Jac van Steen to perform an impressive programme of orchestral masterpieces.

BST Hyde Park

30th Jun - 8th July
Hyde Park
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Once again hosting some of the biggest and best live acts in the world of music. This year sees a stellar line-up of headliners including Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Free

Flauto Dolce

3-4th July
10am, 2pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM professors María Ayerza and Julien Feltrin present a two-day recorder festival exploring renaissance and contemporary repertoire.

RCM New Perspectives

3rd July
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM's flagship contemporary group presents three works by Pierre Boulez, alongside a world premiere by RCM composer Yun-Ho Jeong.

RCM Saxaphone Ensemble

6th July
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Saxophone Ensemble presents a programme of ambient soundscapes.

BBC Proms

14th July - 9th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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The BBC Proms returns to the Royal Albert Hall for its 123rd season. From Stravinsky to Sibelius, and from Bach to Brahms, the Proms is a celebration of classical music from around the globe.

Festival of Film

7 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.

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!

The Piano Guys

3rd June
3pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Piano Guys have been delighting fans around the world with their innovative music & video compositions which blend classical and pop music alongside compelling video footage.

RCM Sparks

Various
Royal College of Music
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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