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.

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Late Night Jazz

Various
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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Viola Masterclass with Isabel Villanueva

13 March
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Isabel Villanueva is regulary invited to give masterclasses at international institutions. She returns to the College to work with talented string players.

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Music and Ideas: Alkan in performance

12 March
5:15pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM alumnus and Chair of the Alkan Society Mark Viner presents an introduction to the music of Charles-Valentin Alkan, focusing on the Grande Sonate op 33 of 1848.

From the Soundhouse

9 March
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM composition professor Michael Oliva presents an evening or works that extend and enrich solo instruments with live electronics. The programme includes Jacob ter Veldhuis' dramatic Grab it! and Kaija Saariaho's Petals which contrasts fragile sections against energetic passages for solo cello.

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RCM Symphony Orchestra: Pappano and the French Greats

8 March
7pm
Royal College of Music
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The Royal Opera’s Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano leads the RCM Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling evening of French music, culminating in Saint-Saens’s Symphony no 3 to showcase the full range of the RCM’s organ.

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Women of the RCM

8 March
4:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Featuring music by female composers who studied at the RCM.

Love Classical

April
Varies
Royal Albert Hall
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Join Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel for an incredible evening of music, hear pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns performed by some of the UK’s most brilliant rising stars, and celebrate timeless choral classics with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Classical Spectacular

19th - 22nd March
3pm & 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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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.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

4th & 5th July
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The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration in South Kensington. The Festival brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances.

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Music of the Sea

27 February
7:30pm
Institut français
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Winner of five prizes at the 2014 International piano competition of Orléans, Aline Piboule is a French repertoire leading performer. Music of the Sea offers a journey into the heart of Impressionism

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Les Salons en Musique

Until 18 June
7:30pm
Institut français
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To celebrate the restoration of its 1907 Pleyel grand piano, the Institut français has launched a new series of chamber music in its renovated Salons.

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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.

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French Pop Video Competition

Until 3 April
Competition
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Get ready to take your mike and shoot a clip! Do you think you could sing or rap in French? Do you have the skills to make a video clip for your song? If so, this competition is for you! Schools are invited to submit their video clips in 3 age-categories by 3 April 2020. National winners will be announced in June 2020

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RCM Musicians Present!

8 March
12:00pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM musicians curate and perform works by female composers in this afternoon of mini concerts showcasing some of the music featured in the new RCM online resource.

Ravel's Piano Works

6 March
6pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM musicians perform a selection of Ravel’s piano works ahead of a concert with Sir Antonio Pappano on Sunday 8 March.

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!

Level 42

22 Oct 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Hit-makers Level 42 return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020, for a special concert closing their From Eternity To Here Tour.

Cliff Richard The Great 80 Tour

12-13 Oct 2020
7:45pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Sir Cliff Richard will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020 to conclude a UK tour celebrating his 80th birthday.

Electronic

1st April - 26th July
Design Museum Kensington
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Music is only part of the story. Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been capturing and shaping the electronic music landscape.

Kids

Sparks Spring into Song! Ignite

8 April
10:30am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 6–9 Join Katie Teage as she sows the seeds for a lifetime love of singing in this dynamic and fun morning of springthemed songs, arts and crafts and storytelling.

Sparks Spring into Song! Explorers

15 April
10:30am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 10–12 Join Katie Teage as she sows the seeds for a lifetime love of singing in this dynamic and fun spring-themed choir-in-a-day.

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Recorder Workshop with Maria Ayerza, Julien Feltrin and Ashley Solomon

1 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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RCM professors Maria Ayerza, Ashley Solomon and Julien Feltrin explore chamber music for recorder from the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries.

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The Breath of Old and New Worlds

1 March
1:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Pierre Hamon guides us on a musical journey through breath in ancient civilisations: from medieval double flutes, direct descendants of the flutes and sulos of Greek and Roman antiquity, to double and triple flutes of the ancient civilisations of Mexico, and the three-hole pipe and tabor of medieval minstrels.

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Recorder Masterclass with Pierre Hamon

1 March
3pm
Royal College of Music
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A musician, composer and instrumentalist, whose repertoire ranges from medieval music to contemporary music, Pierre Hamon is welcomed to the College for this year's Recorder Festival. He takes an afternoon masterclass with RCM woodwind players.

Piano Masterclass with Stephen Hough

3 March
6pm
Royal College of Music
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Stephen Hough is one of the most distinctive musicians of his generation, ‘a virtuoso who begins where others leave off’ according to The Washington Post. the RCM is thrilled to welcome Stephen to give unique insight into his method in a masterclass with RCM pianists.

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Joan Chissell Schumann Prize for Voice and Piano Final

6 March
2pm
Royal College of Music
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RCM pianists and singers from the Vocal and Opera Department compete for the Joan Chissell Schumann Prize.

Harp Masterclass with Marisa Robles

6 March
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Her amiable stage personality and her warm, clear playing endeared her not only to audiences, both live and television, but also to composers. This Visiting Professor of Harp returns to the College for an afternoon masterclass with RCM harpists.

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Music Rendezvous with Dgiz-Slam

20 March
5:30pm
Institut français
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Celebrate francophonie, eloquence and humour with Dgiz, a French slammer coming from the underground rap scene, mixing improvised spoken word poetry and double bass rhythms.