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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.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark™ Live in Concert

25th - 26th May
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Part of their Films in Concert series, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert will feature the London Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ legendary score in full for the first time since they recorded the original soundtrack in 1981.

Storytelling and Music Sessions for 0-4 year olds

18th Jan - 25th April
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein, and Becky Dixon deliver a series of sessions for babies and toddlers, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in Concert

14th - 17th March
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in concert in 2024 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

29th - 30th Nov
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Musical maestro Jools Holland and his revered Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are back at the Royal Albert Hall with a delightful Rhythm and Blues night.

Late Night Jazz

29th Feb
9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Renowned trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed performs in the Elgar Room, opening this year's edition of AWAN Festival. Yazz has garnered global acclaim with her own distinct brand of psychedelic-Arabic-jazz.

Diaphonique Concert: Two Coasts by Layale Chaker

18th April
Institut français
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Violinist and composer Layale Chaker will be presenting extracts of Two Coasts: Past and Current Streams, a project supported in 2018 by the Diaphonique fund for Contemporary music run by the Institut français.

Revisited Anthems by the Montreuil Orchestra

16th May
7pm
Institut français
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Conducted by Sylvain Cartigny, the Orchestre de spectacle de Montreuil will be performing national anthems revisited by contemporary composers.

L’Olimpiade by Ensemble Matheus

29th March
Institut français
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Under the direction of conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, the virtuosi musician of the Ensemble Matheus revisit Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade to a libretto by poet Metastasio after Herodotus. Expect a formidable melodic outburst in which betrayed friendships and thwarted loves compete.

Lucky Charm by Ensemble les Ombres and Fiona McGown

7th March
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Mezzo-Soprano Fiona McGown joins baroque Ensemble les Ombres for a sensitive musical programme inspired by the three Fates, mistresses of destiny. Calling on great composers, they span the ages and return to the popular origins of music to the timbre of the traverso and the viola da gamba.

Cirque du Soleil - Alegria: In a New Light

Until 3rd March
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this all-time classic will whisk audiences away to a mystical world sprinkled with visual poetry and acrobatic extravagance.

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

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The Royal Albert Hall have 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, there is something to fascinate and inspire children of every age.

Turn it Up: The Power of Music

On until 6th May 2024
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Why does music have such a hold over us? What is it about music that drives us to create, perform, feel, connect with others? Explore how music shapes our lives in this landmark interactive exhibition at the Science Music - A Perfect Christmas Holiday activity!

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.

Springboard: Music Creators

31st Aug- 4th April 2024
10:30am– 4pm
Royal College of Music
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This FREE course allows participants to develop communication skills and creative decision-making through inspiring, practical workshops and courses that explore how music is created, eventually working towards inventing an original composition.

Swan Lake in-the-round

12th - 23rd June
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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With 60 ballerina swans shimmering in white tutus, moving in unison across the Hall, this outstanding production will captivate and enthral you. Experience a choreographic kaleidoscope as the Royal Albert Hall is transformed into a magical lake for the world’s favourite ballet.

Kensington and Chelsea Music Society (KCMS) at Leighton House

Various dates
7.30pm - 9.30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Kensington and Chelsea Music Society (KCMS) will perform at Leighton House with an outstanding season of seven concerts, featuring a mixture of new and established artists, performing an exciting programme of chamber music, song and choral works.