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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LEIGHTON LATE with Salomé Quartet

31st Jan
5.30-9pm
Leighton House Museum
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Leighton House Museum is delighted to present the Salomé Quartet, their first ever Musicians in Resident. Join them for their debut concert in the house, performing Grieg String Quartet no.1, Mozart 'Spring' Quartet No.14 K387 G major and Haydn op.33 no.3 'Bird' Quartet

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Songs and Stories with the Royal College of Music Museum

11th Dec
12.30 - 1.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Join a fun lunchtime concert. Presented by RCM researcher, Anna Maria Barry, explore some surprising and hidden stories behind four portraits from the collection, and listen as these characters are brought to life through songs performed by talented Royal College of Music musicians.

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Christmas Concert with the Royal College of Music Museum

10th Dec
6.15-7.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Get in the Christmas spirit with this evening concert brought to you as part of the Royal College of Music’s Museum Roadshow and featuring some brilliant Royal College of Music student musicians

RCM Big Band

23rd Jan
7.3-pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Big Band is joined by versatile clarinettist Giacomo Smith for a swinging, soulful celebration of New Orleans music. Take an unforgettable jazz journey through the city’s eclectic fusion of signature sounds, guided by big band favourite Guy Barker.

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Percussion Showcase

21st Jan
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Talented percussionists from the RCM join with reputable percussionist She-e Wu to perform a world premiere. She-e Wu is both a formidable composer and performer. Here, she performs alongside young musicians in Blue Identity.

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Chinese New Year Concert

4th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Celebrate the Year of the Pig as we welcome in the Chinese New Year with a special concert of traditional and western repertoire curated by RCM musicians.

Seven Decades: The Story of 3 guitars that changed the world

12th - 13th Jan
3-9pm
V&A
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Seven Decades is a unique rock and roll experience – weaving together live music, documentary, and rare vintage guitars to tell the epic story of how a simple musical invention had a revolutionary impact on the world.

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Harlem Quartet

16th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet brings the Chamber Festival to a thrilling close with a vibrant and diverse programme of classical and jazz works from all over the world.

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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.

Portico Quartet in Concert

1st March 2019
6.45pm & 9pm
Science Museum
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Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet take to the stage for the world premiere of a brand-new audiovisual concert to celebrate their latest major exhibition, The Sun: Living with Our Star. This event includes DJ support and complimentary admission to the exhibition.

Gypsy Kings

18th April 2019
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Gipsy Kings, France’s most successful group of all time, will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2019. They first captured the world’s imagination in 1987 with a self-titled album that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe. Throughout their hugely successful career they’ve introduced millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms through globally-popular singles such as Bamboléo and Volare.

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Sacconi Quartet

15th Feb
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The Sacconi Quartet present the only surviving complete string quartet by Edvard Grieg, alongside Mozart's String Quintet no 4. While the quintet is one of the Austrian composer's darkest and most melancholy works, the ending brings an unexpected warmth and joviality.