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.

Shab-e-Didam

The Ismaili Centre
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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.

Afternoon Coffee Club with Live Music

Tue 11 Aug - Tue 27 Oct - Wed 2 Dec 2020
Doors 1pm - Starts 1:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Albert Hall’s Afternoon Coffee Club offers older audiences the chance to share in tea, coffee, cake and good company in the comfort of the Elgar Room, with intimate live music performances ranging from smooth jazz to classical. Each event takes place in a relaxing setting, with plenty of seating and the Hall's friendly stewarding team on hand to help you.

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Violin Masterclass with Maxim Vengerov

Wed 18 Nov Online
7pm
Royal College of Music
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Maxim Vengerov, one of the world’s greatest soloists and the RCM’s Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin, gives an inspiring violin masterclass with talented RCM musicians.

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In Focus: Coleridge-Taylor

Monday 2 November 2020
7pm
Royal College of Music
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Talented RCM chamber musicians perform RCM alumnus Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's little-known but masterful Clarinet Quintet. In Focus is an RCM initiative to share unique areas of music-making at the College with our audiences. Designed to be watched online, our immersive films offer viewers the chance to experience the warmth, intimacy and richness of chamber music, wherever they are.

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Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas

Friday 11 December 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The much-loved festive, annual tradition of Guy Barker’s Big Band returns in 2020 for its 5th year with an evening of swinging, soulful celebrations of big band music with a Christmas twist! Guy Barker’s inimitable mixture of jazz classics, unearthed treasures and Christmas oddities will put a swing in your step as the festive season kicks-off.

John Rutter's Christmas Celebration

Thursday 10 December 2020
3pm; 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the nation’s favourite choral composer for another joyful celebration of Christmas as he conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. With sing-along carols, rousing fanfares, Yuletide classics and more, this firm festive favourite is guaranteed to fill you with sparkle and cheer.

Christmas

Christmas with the Royal Choral Society

Wed 9 December 2020
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 performed every Christmas since 1872. This year's festive programme is packed full of glorious carols old and new – including traditional favourites Silent Night, The Twelve Days of Christmas and O Come all Ye Faithful. The renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of special guests will accompany the choir for this gala concert.

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Cálmate

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Ismaili Centre
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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.

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

Royal College of Music
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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.

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.

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

6-18 March
Institut français
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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

Royal Albert Hall
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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.