A night out in London

From DJs, films, late night exhibitions, concerts, inspiring talks, immersive performances, sleepovers, Museum Lates, lectures - there is plenty to do here in South Kensington in the evening.

Science Museum Lates

Last Wednesday of the month
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

Natural History Museum Lates

Last Friday of every month
Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum comes to life after dark. Explore our galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours, and enjoy expert-led talks and events at Lates.

V&A Lates

Last Friday of every month
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An ever-changing, programme of live performances, fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Crime Scene Live

Monthly
6.30-10.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum's scientists to solve a murder mystery. This thrilling interactive experience combines real science with crime fiction for an unforgettable night out in London.

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

23rd Mar
6.30pm - 9.30am
Natural History Museum
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Sleep at the Museum and enjoy a unique night of music, food, science, art and cinema.

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Late Night Jazz

Various
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 nights

Ciné Lumière

Various
Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

Royal College of Music Chamber Concerts

Most weekdays
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Witness the talent of outstanding young musicians studying at the Royal College of Music in this free lunchtime and rush-hour concert series.

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Robinson Crusoe

13th, 15th, 16th & 18th Mar
7pm
Royal College of Music
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This spring let a sparkling cast of RCM singers take you on a tuneful treasure hunt filled with swashbuckling sea songs and maritime melodies, as the RCM Opera Studio marks the 200th birthday of Jacques Offenbach with a performance of his immensely fun operetta, Robinson Crusoe.

Silent Disco

25th Jan, 22nd Feb, 29th March
10.15pm - 1am
Natural History Museum
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Choose your side as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Don a headset and carry on the party into the night in the spectacular Hintze Hall.

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International Women's Day: RCM New Perspectives

8th Mar
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Hear a full line up of contemporary works from celebrated RCM alumnae Helen Grime and Charlotte Bray, and RCM composer Zoë Darbyshire. We're also thrilled to welcome back alumna Anna Meredith, recently ranked number 31 in BBC Radio 4's Top Power Women.

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RCM Wind Ensemble

25th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Wind Ensemble performs the instantly recognisable overture from The Magic Flute, which Mozart composed after completing the rest of the opera. Mozart's popular Serenade no 12 also features, better known as the composer’s 'Nachtmusik' and transcribed for string quintet five years after its premiere.

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RCM Brass Ensemble

21st February
7.30pm
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This showcases talented ensembles from the RCM Brass Faculty, with performances from the Trombone Choir, Horn Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble and Tuba Ensemble. The programme opens with JS Bach’s transcription of Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto, arranged for brass by Visiting Professor of Trumpet Matthias Höfs.

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The Gift of Music: Cosman Collection

20th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Enjoy an evening of art, music and history as we celebrate the eminent German artist Milein Cosman. The specially curated programme includes works by some of the renowned musicians Milein sketched, alongside a fascinating recording talking about her life and creative process.

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Berio Folk Songs

14th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Berio's song cycle comprises highly varied arrangements of folk melodies from different countries and cultures. The song cycle forms a musical tribute to American mezzo soprano Cathy Berberian. Listen carefully to hear diverse creative influences from America, Armenia and Sardinia.

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Song Plus: Love Travels

14th Feb
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Join the Royal College of Music on Valentine’s Day for a special recital of songs and duets. Talented RCM singers perform romantic songs from Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Britain.

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Artha String Quartet

13th Feb
7.30pm
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The works by two giants of the chamber music repertoire, performed by the critically-acclaimed Artha String Quartet. The Quartet opens with music by Beethoven, written as the composer approached 30 at the very end of the 18th century, before being joined by Tamaki Sugimoto for Schubert’s intensely beautiful quintet.

Bach Cantatas

12th Feb
7.30pm
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The RCM Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra come together under the baton of Chair and Head of Historical Performance Ashley Solomon to perform popular Baroque works. Watch! Pray! Pray! Watch! was composed for Advent in 1716, whilst You shall weep and wail was written for Jubilate Sunday in 1725.

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Essential Haydn

11th Feb
7.30pm
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Our Essential Haydn series continues with another string masterpiece from the composer, complemented by Arvo Pärt’s moving dedication to Russian violinist Oleg Kagan. In this fascinating work for violin, cello and piano, Pärt expands upon Mozart’s Adagio from his Piano Sonata in F major, heightening the dissonance and complexity of the original to create something altogether more sorrowful.

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Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?

10th Feb
7pm
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The world of Gustav Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn Lieder as seen through the eyes and ears of pianist Roger Vignoles. Staged in the beautiful Britten Theatre, this performance ends a weekend workshop with a group of the RCM’s finest lieder singers.

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RCM Junior Department Symphony Orchestra

16th Mar
7pm
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The Royal College of Music Junior Department Symphony Orchestra is joined by the winner of the 2018 Peter Morrison Concerto Competition for a concert of thrilling orchestral works.

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Anne Boleyn Music Book

20th Mar
6.15pm
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Hear selected works from one of the Royal College of Music’s greatest treasures – the Anne Boleyn Music Book – a manuscript that almost certainly once belonged to the Tudor queen. The original manuscript will be on display along with copies of the recently published facsimile edition.

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Thomas Zehetmair conducts Mozart and Dvořák

22nd Mar
7.30pm
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Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair skilfully directs the RCM Symphony Orchestra in this varied evening concert. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante opens the programme, treating us to rich textures, delectable harmonies and dazzling solo writing.

Friday Night Sketch: Being Human

8th Feb
6-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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During the museum’s Friday Late Opening, a professional designer or illustrator sets a sketching task inspired by the museum’s permanent collection or most recent exhibition. This month’s sketch will focus on the theme Being Human. Led by educator and artist Trevor Flynn.

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V&A Lates: All to Play For

25th Jan
6.30-10pm
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Solve riddles to find your way out of an escape room and work together to decode a puzzle of dancers. Play newly commissioned videogames and take your first steps in designing your very own, as we explore the future of games and gaming.

Movies

House Without A Roof

30th Jan
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Kurdish siblings Alan, Jan and Lya were born in northern Iraq and grew up in Stuttgart in Germany. When their mother dies, they congregate in Iraq only to find out that it is their mother's last wish to be buried next to her husband, who had died in the war against Saddam Hussein...

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In My Room

27th Feb
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Things are not going well for cameraman Armin. At the age of 40 he feels disillusioned and lost. And then, one day, he wakes up and all other humans have vanished – is this another one of life’s cruel tricks or a welcome opportunity? A curious reflection on how to live if anything is possible.

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Wild Heart

27th Mar
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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A portrait of the popular German punk band ‚Feine Sahne Fischfilet’ and their lead singerJan 'Monchi' Gorkow. The “most dangerous band of Western-Pomerania” was under surveillance by the regional branch of the Office of Protection of the Constitution, while its members were raging against racism, homophobia and neo-Nazis.

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In the Shadows

24th Apr
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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All that makes for a heist film is brought together in this Berlin-set film noir: a gangster just out of prison, an unpaid debt, a money transport and a corrupt cop. Directed with the precision and efficiency of a heist well planned and carried out.

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The Cut

29th May
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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At the time of the Armenian genocide a blacksmith sets out to search for his daughters who were able to escape from killings. His epic journey leads him from Turkey to Syria, Lebanon, Cuba and the USA. Following his films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven, this is the third and final part of Fatih Akin’s trilogy “Love, Death, and the Devil”.

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Bauhaus Spirit

26th Jun
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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In the year of the 100th anniversary of the legendary Bauhaus art school, the film celebrates its ideas, practices and people. A historical look at a utopia, including contemporary projects which prove that the Bauhaus spirit lives on.

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CONVO

7th Mar
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Over 1,000 young instrumentalists and singers will unite for this captivating evening of creative performance at the Royal Albert Hall! This marks the culmination of an exciting two-year project by the Royal college of Music in partnership with the Tri-borough Music Hub and Royal Albert Hall.

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Otis & Eunice

29th & 30th Mar
4.30pm & 6.30pm
Royal College of Music
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In two different cities, in two different places, one story is told. Otis and Eunice are in love. On a bright summer's morning the carnival comes to town and through the colour and the excitement, Eunice goes missing... A multi-location theatrical performance.

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A la française

24th Mar
7.30pm
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From the sassy and satirical to the solemn and spiritual, let our the Royal College of Music conductors take you on a whirlwind tour of the French Baroque. This varied evening programme features everything from dances and airs to cantatas and motets.

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The Grand Miscellaneous Concert

30th Jan
7.30pm
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An intriguing concert curated by Gabriella Jones, this year's Royal College of Music Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellow. Gabriella Jones' unique concert recreates an historical programme based on material found in the RCM collections.

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Payare Conducts Strauss

31st Jan
7.30pm
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Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare returns to the Royal College of Music this spring to direct a thrilling evening of symphonic poetry. Rafael Payare is a graduate of the world-famous El Sistema music programme and Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. It will be a rousing performance of Skryabin’s 'Poem of Ecstasy'.

IMAX: Hubble 3D

From 2 November
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Join a team of space-walking astronauts as they perform one of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. Narrated by Oscar™-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble 3D explores the mysteries and grandeur of our celestial surroundings and offers a unique and inspiring look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves.

Astronights

18th Jan, 8th Mar, 5th April 2019
6.45pm - 9.30am
Science Museum
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Join us for Astronights and spend a night at the Science Museum with exclusive access to galleries after hours and the chance to sleep among our incredible objects.

Cirque du Soleil - Totem

12th Jan - 26th Feb 2019
3pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Totem takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts, Totem is an unforgettable spectacle for all ages.

Gypsy Kings

18th April 2019
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Gipsy Kings, France’s most successful group of all time, will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2019. They first captured the world’s imagination in 1987 with a self-titled album that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe. Throughout their hugely successful career they’ve introduced millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms through globally-popular singles such as Bamboléo and Volare.

Imperial Lates: The XX Factor

7th March 2019
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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To mark International Women's Day join us for an evening with the femmes radicales of science awaits. Inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a women in the modern world. Join us not only to celebrate amazing achievements, research and innovations, but be part of the conversation about equality across the sciences and the arts.

Evenings of Discovery Return with new Imperial Lates Series

Dates vary
6pm
Imperial College London
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An exploration of infection, a science fashion show, and a celebration of pioneering women form part of a new series of evening public events.

Let there be Light & Panel Discussion

26th April
7.30-9.45pm
Science Museum
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Jim Al-Khalili and a panel of energy experts join the Museum to discuss the future of nuclear fusion and solar power, following a screening of the absorbing documentary 'Let There Be Light'.

Portico Quartet in Concert

1st March 2019
6.45pm & 9pm
Science Museum
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Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet take to the stage for the world premiere of a brand-new audiovisual concert to celebrate their latest major exhibition, The Sun: Living with Our Star. This event includes DJ support and complimentary admission to the exhibition.

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LEIGHTON LATE with Salomé Quartet

31st Jan
5.30-9pm
Leighton House Museum
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Leighton House Museum is delighted to present the Salomé Quartet, their first ever Musicians in Resident. Join them for their debut concert in the house, performing Grieg String Quartet no.1, Mozart 'Spring' Quartet No.14 K387 G major and Haydn op.33 no.3 'Bird' Quartet

Free

China Lates

30th Jan
6.45-10pm
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Join the Science Museum for the first Lates of 2019 as they celebrate Chinese New Year. Find out more about the latest science and emerging technology in China, and discover how its people celebrate the new year.

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Orchestral Masterworks: Tchaikovsky and Chaminade

7th Feb
6.15pm
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Award-winning conductor Holly Mathieson returns to the Royal College of Music to direct an evening of late-Romantic music, featuring Cecile Chaminade's much loved rhapsodic work for solo flute, performed by RCM Concerto Competition winner Sirius Chau. Also on the programme is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no 5.

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British Saxophone Music

4th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Join the Royal College of Music for an exploration of British music for saxophones. Jonathan Dove begins this evening of contemporary music with Tuning In, a fascinating work in which the four saxophones skilfully mimic the highs and lows of a typical conversation through paced silences and beautiful dialogue.

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Love Classical

25th April - 4th June
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Royal Albert Hall
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Love Classical returns to with an eclectic selection of some of the most distinct and original voices in classical music today. There will be a range of events taking place beyond the main stage, featuring everything from classical music for kids to late night performances in the Elgar Room.

Night of Ideas

31st Jan
5pm - 12am
Institut français
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Crossing French, British and European perspectives with leading experts, artists and researchers, the Night of Ideas will address two of our society’s most pressing issues: Europe and the environment, engaging audiences in debates on a brighter future where citizen voices and perspectives matter.

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Movie Nights at the Natural History Museum

14th - 16th Feb
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Movie Nights at the Museum returns for a season of Valentine and anti-Valentine specials, with screenings of six classic films, in collaboration with The Luna Cinema. Your ticket will include a free bag of popcorn at the event and free entry to Life in the Dark, a major exhibition at the Museum.*

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Sacconi Quartet

15th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The Sacconi Quartet present the only surviving complete string quartet by Edvard Grieg, alongside Mozart's String Quintet no 4. While the quintet is one of the Austrian composer's darkest and most melancholy works, the ending brings an unexpected warmth and joviality.

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Harlem Quartet

16th Feb
7.30pm
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Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet brings the Chamber Festival to a thrilling close with a vibrant and diverse programme of classical and jazz works from all over the world.

Victoria Queen of England, Empress of India

21st Jan
7-8.45pm
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In this illustrated lecture, Miles Taylor talks about the significant effects India had on the Queen as well as the pivotal role she played in India.

Free
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Chinese New Year Concert

4th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Celebrate the Year of the Pig as we welcome in the Chinese New Year with a special concert of traditional and western repertoire curated by RCM musicians.

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Percussion Showcase

21st Jan
6.15pm
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Talented percussionists from the RCM join with reputable percussionist She-e Wu to perform a world premiere. She-e Wu is both a formidable composer and performer. Here, she performs alongside young musicians in Blue Identity.

RCM Big Band

23rd Jan
7.3-pm
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The RCM Big Band is joined by versatile clarinettist Giacomo Smith for a swinging, soulful celebration of New Orleans music. Take an unforgettable jazz journey through the city’s eclectic fusion of signature sounds, guided by big band favourite Guy Barker.

The Wider Earth

2nd Oct - 24th Feb 2019
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Natural History Museum
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A new theatre in the Jerwood Gallery will be unveiled for the premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth. The play, about the story of a young Charles Darwin, features a cast of seven, remarkable puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations to bring to life uncharted landscapes.