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
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.

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National Opera Studio at the V&A

Until 22nd Feb 2018
1-2pm
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Experience free lunchtime concerts and see live opera performances from National Opera Studio Young Artists and alumni every Thursday* lunchtime throughout Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. (Excl 26th Oct, 7th Dec, 28th Dec, 15th Feb)

Lady Rose Cholmondeley Charity Concert

23rd Nov
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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Lady Rose Cholmondeley, chair of the Chopin Society, will be hosting a fundraising event for the Irena Sendler Award. It will include a concert, auction, raffle and canapes and wine.

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.

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Choirs by Candlelight: The Royal College of Music

8th Dec
7.30 - 8.30pm
V&A
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A festive concert performed by students from The Royal College of Music, one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Free, drop-in.

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.

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Special Screening: Silent Night

17th Dec
2 - 4.10pm
V&A
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Join the V&A for a free, festive screening of Silent Night, a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German soldiers during World War I.

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Choirs by Candlelight: Poulenc, Un soir de neige

22nd Dec
7.30 - 8.30pm
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Poulenc's setting of Paul Eluard's Un soir de neige, written over Christmas of 1944, forms the centrepiece for this programme of festive choral music. Featured alongside other reflections on festive texts, this short recital will provide a moment of calm.

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
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.

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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

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.

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.

Musical Moments - Iyad Sughayer

4th Dec
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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'Musical Momments' concerts take place on the first Monday of every month and are followed by a buffet with wine. December welcomes Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer who has performed numerous recitals and concertos across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.