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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.

Late Night Jazz

17th Nov-8th Dec
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

Glory to Sound

6th Dec
6:30pm-9pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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'Glory To Sound' is a music event series founded by musician, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal, with the aim of experiencing and exploring music from different perspectives and thinking about what it really means to us.

Neon Dance: Last and First Men

4th May 2023
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Science Museum
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A future race of humans finds itself on the verge of extinction. Almost all that’s left in the world are lone and surreal monuments, beaming their message into the wilderness. Neon Dance presents a contemporary dance based on the ground-breaking 1930 novel by Olaf Stapledon, 'Last and First Men'.

Adult Learning Workshop Compose your own ASMR Soundscapes

4th March
10am-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Are you a sound and music enthusiast? Join an immersive and creative workshop with sound/performance artist Lou Barnell and musician/sound artist Ian Thompson. Experiment with instruments, objects, and electronics to record, edit and mix your own ASMR soundscape.

Who’s Playing Silly Games? Lovers Rock explored

3rd Dec
2:30-5:30pm
V&A
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Did the creation of Lovers Rock as music for women, challenge or uphold stereotypical views of Black women, their presence, resistance, and contribution in Britain? Discover more about this first sub-genre of Reggae created outside of Jamaica.

Christmas with the Royal Choral Society

12th Dec
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The celebrated Royal Choral Society was formed as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s official opening, and the 150-strong choir has sung there every Christmas since 1872. The Hall welcomes the choir back with a festive programme packed full of carols old and new.

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

17th Dec-24th Dec
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Royal Albert Hall
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The sing-along carol concerts at the Royal Albert Hall have become a festive favourite! From traditional carols such as ‘Silent Night’ to modern wintertime arrangements like ‘Winter Wonderland', this event is set to ignite the Christmas spirit.

Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas

9th Dec
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The annual tradition returns to the Hall in 2022 for its seventh year. Along with special guests, Guy Barker will deliver a swinging, soulful celebration of big band music with a Christmas twist, mixing jazz classics with festive tunes.

Christmas with Katherine Jenkins

8th Dec
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins OBE will perform seasonal favourites alongside friends and special guests. Past performers have included Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and Strictly Come Dancing lead singer Tommy Blaize!

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

11th Dec
1pm & 4:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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An introduction to classical music for children, delivered through a Christmas adventure story. Through classical favourites, the orchestra creates ice skating on frozen lakes, sleigh rides and a white Christmas, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s auditorium.

Home Alone in Concert

10th Dec
2:30pm & 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Home Alone in Concert returns to the Hall as renowned composer John Williams’ score is performed live to picture by a symphony orchestra. Nominated for for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, Home Alone has become a seasonal classic.

Handel’s Messiah

14th Dec
2pm & 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The annual performance of Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah returns to the Hall as part of the 2022 Christmas season. Having featured in the Hall’s programme a total of 568 times since 1872, Handel’s Messiah is a true Royal Albert Hall tradition

London Community Gospel Choir at Christmas

20th Dec
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The London Community Gospel Choir returns for the 2022 Christmas season with an exciting festive show featuring gospel classics. With musical accompaniment from a live orchestra and the London Community Gospel Choir band, expect an evening of uplifting festive tunes, seasonal fun, and special guests.

The Nutcracker

28th -31st Dec
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Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the true magic of Christmas, as Clara’s toys come to life at the stroke of midnight. Take a journey through a fantastical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

A Christmas Gaiety

3rd Dec
7;30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Drag sensation Peaches Christ, conductor Edwin Outwater and the BBC Concert Orchestra will turn the Royal Albert Hall into a camp Christmas party as part of this year’s festive celebrations, with help from special guests.

New Year's Eve: Jurassic Party

31st Dec- 1st Jan 2023
8pm-1:30pm
Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum's iconic New Year's Eve event is back, giving you the chance to disco with dinos and party it up Jurassic style. Get ready to throw some shapes beside a Diplodocus, roar at their silent disco and marvel at the Jurassic-themed performers. Assemble your friends for a night you won't forget!

Give the Gift of Music

Royal College of Music
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A perfect gift for any music lover is the Membership of the Royal College of Music Friends scheme. In addition to priority booking and access to an exclusive programme of Friends events, they will receive regular advance info about RCM events while showing support for young musical talent.

Children & Families at the Royal Albert Hall

Dates and times vary
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy a wide range of shows and events for children and families to get involved in, which all promise an unforgettable day out. From storytelling for babies and toddlers to interactive concerts featuring Albert’s Band.

The Royal College of Music Museum & Guided Tours

10:15am–5:45pm
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music's Museum offers a unique opportunity to interact with over 500 years of musical history. Items include the world’s oldest guitar and earliest keyboard instrument with strings. Enjoy a tour of the Museum, led by their knowledgeable team on Wednesdays at 12:30pm.