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

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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

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Patti Smith & her Band

Monday 4 Oct – Tuesday 5 October 2021
7:30pm
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Patti Smith will perform at the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time in 2021. The punk poet laureate and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is known for fusing rock and poetry in her work. She also won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids in 2010. Catch the legendary American artist performing timeless songs with her band, poetry and more.

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Royal Albert Hall Celebrates 150 years!

From March 2021
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March 2021 marks the Royal Albert Hall's 150th year and they would love you to join them in the celebrations, with major commissions from British artists, headline performances from musical legends, and a series of showcases promoting the next generation of talent.

The Car Man

Thursday 17 – Sunday 27 June 2021
2:30pm; 7:30pm
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Fasten your seat belts – The Car Man is back! In a spectacular new staging for the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary, Matthew Bourne and his acclaimed dance company New Adventures bring their multi-award-winning production of The Car Man to the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time.

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Tinie

Friday 16 April 2021
In person or at home 7:30pm
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall's 150th anniversary, this show will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the British rapper’s debut album Disc-Overy. Tinie’s breakthrough album charted at number one when it came out in October 2010 and was certified Platinum the next year. In 2011, the Pass Out singer won two Brit Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single.

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An Evening with Sir Bryn Terfel

Saturday 24 April
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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One of the world’s finest opera singers in a concert of songs and music he loves best, accompanied by friends and special guests, Sir Bryn Terfel makes a spectacular return to the Royal Albert Hall following his memorable 50th birthday concert in 2015.

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A Country Night in Nashville

Tuesday 11 May 2021
7:30pm
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A Country Night in Nashville will recreate the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville at the Hall in 2021, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music. Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the history of Country, featuring hits from Johnny Cash to Kenny Rogers, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Shania Twain, are showcased by the amazing Dominic Halpin and the Hurricanes.

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Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns

Sunday 6 June
7:30pm
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An evening of music composed by the prolific classical composer and his Romantic era successors. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra join forces with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing and organist Peter Holder – all brought together under the baton of young German conductor Moritz Gnann.

The Music of Bond

Friday 4 June 2021
7:30pm
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Back by overwhelming demand, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra promises to take you to double-0-heaven with this sensational concert! Enjoy iconic theme songs and thrilling Bond anthems from almost six decades of box office blockbusters, including Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Live and let Die, From Russia with Love and more!

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Classical Spectacular

19-22 November 2021
3:30pm; 7:30pm
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The UK’s most popular classical show returns to the Royal Albert Hall in November 2020! No other show presents such a magnificent combination of the very best in classical music and state of the art technology. Ranging from a flood of pure white light to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays, the dazzling special effects bring to life the scenes and moods evoked by each glorious piece changing the way you experience classical music forever.

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

6-18 March
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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s documentary offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary writer and Nobel prize-winner Toni Morrison.

RAHome to Your Home

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RAHome has even more great artists performing exclusively from their homes to yours. These are exceptional times but our iconic house of music has risen to the challenge. Reserve your seat for the Kaiser Chiefs, Tim Burgess, and Imogen Heap, who's letting her fans choose the setlist.

The Spotify of Sheet Music

Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music is the first institution to partner with digital sheet music library nkoda, offering students access to hundreds of thousands of scores.

Shab-e-Didam

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The Ismaili Sounds presents Shab-e-Didam, a song in praise of Hazrat Ali. This rendition is performed by the DN Khorog Band from Tajikistan and features original lyrics by the celebrated Persian poet and philosopher, Hafez-e Shirazi.

RCM launches autumn season with events in London‘s newest concert hall

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The Royal College of Music has launched its autumn events season for 2020, including the first performances in London’s newest concert hall. The state-of-the-art Performance Hall is part of a recent £40 million investment in the RCM’s iconic South Kensington campus.

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Cálmate

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The Ismaili Sounds is pleased to present Calmate, performed by Hip-Hop artist Fidah, who in this song explores the balance between faith and world, and encourages open conversation on the existential questions of life.

The Royal Albert Hall's 150th Birthday

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The Royal Albert Hall can't wait to throw open their doors and welcome everyone back to toast their 150th birthday! Spanning two years of celebrations, they'll have major commissions from British artists, headline performances from musical legends, and events showcasing the next generation of talent from around the globe.