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

Afternoon tea with Live Opera - Fleur de Bray

4th March
3pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea of sandwiches, sweet treats and homemade scones in the elegant surroundings of the Hall’s Verdi restaurant, whilst experiencing a live performance from one of the UK’s most promising soprano talents.

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Love Classical Exhibition

4-19th March
Royal Albert Hall
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This exhibition, part of the Hall’s Love Classical Festival, will provide an exciting opportunity to experience some of the highlights from the Royal Albert Hall’s archive. Featuring photos, handbills, programs, and other items from the Hall’s past.

London Contemporary Orchestra

4th March
4pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The London Contemporary Orchestra has established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles, promoting the best new music and cross-arts collaborations to an increasingly wider audience. Part of Love Classical Festival

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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.

Classical for kids - Spectacular Strings

4th March
10.30am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of classical music, Classical for Kids concerts are aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy. Buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome!

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.

The Genders of Indian Music

5th March
6pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Asian Music Circuit presents a concert of North Indian Classical music, exploring the gender roles within this genre and how they have changed over time. Part of Love Classical

Classical Music on Film

6th March
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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In this special screening event, as part of the Hall’s Love Classical festival, documentary maker and master of music film, Christopher Nupen, will take us on a close-up tour of some of his most famous music films. Followed by a screening of Nupen’s legendary 1969 concert film The Trout.

Nicholas McCarthy: Me and My Left Hand

7th March
9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy returns to the Elgar Room this March as part of Love Classical. McCarthy is the only left-hand alone pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 130 year history.

Alison Balsom Workshop

7th March
10-10m
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of our Love Classical Festival, world renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom will be offering the unique chance for young brass players to take part in an inspiring workshop. Young musicians are invited to perform as part of a brass ensemble.

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.

Late Night Jazz: Dominic Alldis Trio

9th March
9.45pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Dominic Alldis Trio brings a jazz approach to an eclectic repertoire, including themes from classical music and opera, folk songs and nursery rhymes, as well as original compositions. Part of Love Classical Festival.

Gary Ryan Lunchtime Recital

10th March
12.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Kanneh-Mason Trio

12th March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Musical prodigies The Kanneh-Mason Trio will perform in the Hall’s Elgar Room as part of Love Classical. The trio consists of three siblings who have been performing in orchestral and chamber music concertos together and solo since they were very young.

Alison Balsom and Friends

12th March
3pm
Royal Albert Hall
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One of Britain’s most beloved classical musicians, trumpet-player Alison Balsom, will return to the Royal Albert Hall next year for Alison Balsom and Friends. Part of Love Classical Festival

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.

Classical Coffee Mornings - Victor Maslov

12th March
11am
Royal Albert Hall
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Watch inspirational performances by outstanding young performers from the Royal College of Music whilst enjoying a hot drink and a pastry. Russian pianist Victor Maslov, has given solo performances at international music festivals across the world. Part of Classical Love Festival.

Live Music Brunch - Carlos Bonell

12th March
12pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Spend a lazy weekend listening to music by exceptional musicians from the London jazz scene and renowned world music artists at a delicious Live Music Brunch. Carlos Bonell's 2012 album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour went to number one on the UK classical iTunes charts.

RCM Chamber Week

14-17th March
Various
Royal College of Music
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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.

Lang Lang

15ht March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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World-famous piano superstar Lang Lang will return to London to play two recitals at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017, on 13 and 15 March. Part of Love Classical Festival.

Nigel Kennedy & Friends: Gala Celebration

14th March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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World-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy will return to the Royal Albert Hall with a special headline show, as part of the Love Classical festival.

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.

Investec Opera Holland Park - La Voix Humaine

22nd March
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Investec Opera Holland Park return to the Elgar Room, with an extraordinary one-act opera composed by Francis Poulenc. Based on a play by Jean Cocteau, La Voix Humaine portrays a woman’s final telephone conversation with a lover who has abandoned her.

All About Piano

31st March - 2nd April
Institut français
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All About Piano! returns for its 5th edition, with a programme as exciting as ever: from concerts to talks, cine-concerts, masterclasses, free tuitions, kids’ activities and even an art exhibition: there is an event to suit all! Three days of music and fun.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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