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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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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Suzi Quatro

Wednesday 20 April 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
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The Detroit-born singer-songwriter has sold over 55 million records worldwide over the course of her career. Suzi first came to the attention of the British public in the early 70s as a support act alongside Thin Lizzy on Slade’s first UK tour. The Queen of Rock N Roll then went on to release a string of hits including Can the Can, Devil Gate Drive and Stumblin’ In.

Sparks Explorers Course: One World and Carnival of the Animals

25th - 27th Oct
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This 3-day course will focus on the theme of One World and protecting our planet, using Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals as inspiration. Workshops will include storytelling, music-making, drama, and arts & crafts. Age 8-11

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Bryan Adams

Mon 9 May – Wed 11 May 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
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Bryan Adams is heading to London for three epic shows at the Hall in April 2021 as part of a special residency. Each night, Bryan will perform one of his classic albums in full, plus a selection of his greatest hits from a staggering back-catalogue. Monday 9 May: Cuts Like A Knife (1983) Tuesday 10 May: Into The Fire (1987) Wednesday 11 May: Waking Up The Neighbours (1991)

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George Benson

Sunday 26 June 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
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Legendary ten-time Grammy Award and NEA Jazz Master winner George Benson returns for one night only at the Royal Albert Hall in 2022. The jazz guitar legend just released his 45th album, Walking to New Orleans, a tribute to both hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry.

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The Music of Bond

Tuesday 20 September 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
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Back by overwhelming demand, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra promises to take you to double-0-heaven with this sensational concert! Enjoy iconic theme songs and thrilling Bond anthems from almost six decades of box office blockbusters. Highlights to include: Goldfinger, Licence To Kill, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia With Love and many more!

Royal College of Music welcomes live performances again

From 19 September 2021
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The Royal College of Music is excited to announce their programme of live events in their newly unveiled, state-of-the-art Performance Hall, Highlights of the autumn season include the return of masterclasses and a series of orchestral masterworks concerts.

Christmas with the Salvation Army

Wednesday 8 December 2021
Starts 8pm
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Begin your festive season with The Salvation Army in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. This exciting evening includes spoken word, live music from various performers including the International Staff Band and International Staff Songsters and celebrity guests.

Handel’s Messiah

Wed 15 December 2021
Starts: 2:pm; 7pm
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The annual performance of Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah returns to the Hall as part of their 2021 Christmas season. Having featured in their programme a total of 524 times since 1872, Handel’s Messiah is a true Royal Albert Hall tradition. Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Sian Edwards. Special guest vocalists to be announced soon.

BST Hyde Park

Fri 24th June 2022 - Sun 10th July 2022
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British Summer Time in 2022 will be a huge and eagerly awaited celebration for the nation. Bringing the world’s biggest artists to the greatest outdoor venue in the world over consecutive weekends with a host of free activities and entertainment during their midweek programme, Open House.

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Joe Bonamassa

Thur 5 May – Fri 6 May 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
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Celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa will return to tour the UK next year for the first time in three years.

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James Arthur

Wed 9 March 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
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James Arthur will perform a special show at the Royal Albert Hall as part of his highly anticipated March 2022 UK tour. The singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough will be performing songs from his upcoming new album It’ll All Make Sense In The End alongside classic hit singles and fan favourites like smash hit Say You Won’t Let Go.

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Zaz

Thur 31 March 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
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French singer-songwriter Zaz will make her Royal Albert Hall debut in 2022. Her fifth album was put together during the 2020 Spring lockdown – a forced but welcomed solitude. What resulted is an album painted with heartfelt emotions, like a series of pictures.

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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

Friday 23 September–Sunday 25 September 2022
Starts: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
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Experience Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert in 2022 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series. Return of the Jedi (1983) sees Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and co. joined by Jabba the Hutt, Yoda and the Ewoks in an adventure across the galaxy as Darth Vader prepares to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert

Friday 27 May–Saturday 28 May 2022
Starts: 1:30pm, 7:30pm
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Experience The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in concert in 2022 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Film in Concert series. Peter Jackson’s award-winning epic fantasy adventure, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels, follows a hobbit named Frodo Baggins, who finds himself in the possession of the all-powerful One Ring, and the fellowship formed to take it to Mount Doom to be destroyed.

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Brassed Off Live

Wednesday 25 May 2022
Doors: 6:15pm Starts: 7:00pm
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Royal College of Music brings you performances from their extraordinary student's on their YouTube channel.

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

Sunday 12 December 2021
1:00pm; 4:30pm
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My Christmas Orchestral Adventure returns in 2021 and Albert’s Orchestra is poised and ready for a magical journey through classical music. Oh no! Father Christmas has lost his map on a practice run of his delivery route! Thankfully Albert's trusty ensemble has found it but they need your help to return it to him ahead of the big day!

'The Muppet Christmas Carol' in Concert

Saturday 11 December 2021
2:30pm; 7:00pm
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Family favourite The Muppet Christmas Carol will be screened with live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of our 2021 Christmas season. This show will take you on a magical journey through the classic Charles Dickens story performed by the Muppets.

The Royal Albert Hall's 150th Birthday

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The Royal Albert Hall can't wait to throw open their doors and welcome everyone back to toast their 150th birthday! Spanning two years of celebrations, they'll have major commissions from British artists, headline performances from musical legends, and events showcasing the next generation of talent from around the globe.

Royal Albert Hall Celebrates 150 years!

From March 2021
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March 2021 marks the Royal Albert Hall's 150th year and they would love you to join them in the celebrations, with major commissions from British artists, headline performances from musical legends, and a series of showcases promoting the next generation of talent.

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Classical Spectacular

19-22 November 2021
3:30pm; 7:30pm
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The UK’s most popular classical show returns to the Royal Albert Hall in November 2020! No other show presents such a magnificent combination of the very best in classical music and state of the art technology. Ranging from a flood of pure white light to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays, the dazzling special effects bring to life the scenes and moods evoked by each glorious piece changing the way you experience classical music forever.

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Cálmate

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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

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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.

Shab-e-Didam

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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.