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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Free Friday Music

Fridays
12pm/8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy great food, drink and free live music in the Hall’s Verdi – Italian Kitchen the perfect place to wind down, laugh and eat well with friends and family over a bottle of great Italian wine. These concerts take place at lunchtime and dinner - booking in advance is recommended.

Classical Spectacular

21st - 24th Nov
3pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The most popular classical music show in the UK returns to the Royal Albert Hall in November. 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!

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RCM Symphony Orchestra: A Survivor from Warsaw

17 October
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM Artist in Residence Sir Thomas Allen joins the RCM Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw. Schoenberg's tribute to victims of the Holocaust tells the story of a former inhabitant of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

Conducting Masterclass with Bernard Haitink

11 October
10am; 6pm
Royal College of Music
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We are thrilled to welcome back venerable conductor Bernard Haitink to lead current and past RCM conductors in two masterclasses with the RCM Symphony Orchestra.

Orchestral Masterworks: Elgar's Enigma

25 October
6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM alumnus and clarinet professor Timothy Lines enjoys a wide-ranging career performing with major orchestras all over the world. Here he picks up the baton to conduct Elgar’s bold tone poem In the South, followed by one of his most celebrated pieces of music, 'Enigma'.

Essential Bartók II

4 November
6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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The second instalment of our Bartók series explores the fifth, and most virtuosic, of the composer's string quartets.

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The Gift of Music

4 November
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Our Gift of Music series continues this season with an evening concert showcasing a selection of fascinating manuscripts from the RCM Library, accompanied by a specially curated programme of music performed by RCM Historical Performance musicians and led by Professor Ashley Solomon, Head of Historical Performance.

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Double bass Masterclass with Adam Booker

11 October
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Adam Booker has shared the stage with several great jazz musicians, including Al Grey, Butch Miles, Ignacio Berroa, Diana Krall and pop music icon, Elvis Costello. He visits the RCM for an afternoon masterclass with student double bassists.

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French Chamber Music

16 October
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Musicians from the RCM's Woodwind Faculty perform a charming selection of pieces for chamber ensemble.

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Flute Recital with Derek Jones

22 october
1:05pm
Royal College of Music
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Join internationally acclaimed flautist Derek Jones – who has performed as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra – for an afternoon recital in the intimate setting of the East Parry Room.

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Songs and Scores from Russia

14 & 15 November
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Visiting Professor of Conducting Martyn Brabbins conducts his second concert of the season. The full sound of the RCM Symphony Orchestra combines with the RCM Chorus for a rousing evening of symphony and song from three of Russia's greatest composers.

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Orchestral Masterworks: Swan Lake

21 November
6:15pm
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Join the RCM Philharmonic for a show-stopping performance of the concert suite from Tchaikovsky's immensely popular ballet, Swan Lake.

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Orchestral Masterworks: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

3 October
6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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Experience one of the most enduring symphonies in the orchestral repertoire as the RCM Philharmonic presents Beethoven’s Symphony no 5.

RCM International Festival of Viols

18th & 19th Nov
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Royal College of Music
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The annual Viol Festival returns with plenty of performances and special guests. This year's guest performers and lecturers include Sarah Cunningham and The Spirit of Gambo.

RCM Big Band

28th Sept
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Mark Armstrong leads the RCM Big Band, with Peter Beets on piano, through colourful arrangements of Chopin and Gershwin as part of the Emerge Festival, in which a creative kaleidoscope of events will take place over 11 London Boroughs for two nights.

Skyfall in Concert

4th & 5th Oct
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, Skyfall will be screened with full orchestral accompaniment when it hits the big screen at the Royal Albert Hall. You will be able to experience Thomas Newman’s BAFTA-winning original score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in sync to the picture.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

21st - 23rd Sept
1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is presented live in concert for the first time in the UK. The second installment in the original trilogy of George Lucas’ classic saga will be projected in high-definition on the big screen, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Dirk Brossé.

Blade Runner Live

25th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience Ridley Scott’s multi Academy Award®-nominated cult classic, Blade Runner (2007 Final Cut), on a vast HD screen while Vangelis’ synthesizer-led score is performed by The Avex Ensemble for the first time in-sync with the 1982 motion picture.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert

1st - 3rd Nov
1.30pm, 2.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter™ soars across the big screen in high-definition.

Settling the Score

18th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join a night of award-winning film and TV music from legendary composers, David Arnold and Michael Giacchino, as they strike up the orchestra and go into symphonic battle, comparing and colliding on their impressive back catalogue of music.

National Brass Band Championships

12 October
10:00am
Royal Albert Hall
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The annual Championship Section Final of the National Brass Band Championships return to the Royal Albert Hall, with the nation’s top brass bands battling for the Challenge Trophy.

France Dance UK

10th July - 12th Nov
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FranceDance UK is a four-month festival bringing the best in French contemporary dance to venues across the country. Featuring 50 performances, including several UK premieres, at 16 festivals and theatres in 9 major UK cities, the festival focuses on creation and innovation.

Sea Shambles

17th May 2020
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Exploring an ocean of science, music, comedy and wonder, this inspiring and exhilarating new variety show will see the iconic Auditorium transformed into a virtual underwater playground with live performances, special effects, puppetry and lasers!

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Il Mondo Della Luna: RCM Opera Studio

25-30 November
7pm
Royal College of Music
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On the 50th anniversary of the first human lunar landing, let the RCM Opera Studio take you to the moon and back with Haydn’s enormously entertaining comedy, Il mondo della luna.