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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.

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.

L’Olimpiade by Ensemble Matheus

4th July
7pm
Institut français
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Under the direction of conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, the virtuosi musicians 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.

BBC Proms 2024

19 July - 14 Sept
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Tickets are now on sale for this year's BBC Proms! See your favourite classical standards, a wealth of special guests, contemporary concerts including Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, and the return of the CBeebies Prom, and much more.

BST Hyde Park Open House presents All Things Orchestral

28th June, 1st July to 3rd July and 8th July to 11th July.
Open Daily
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park will host the popular summer event Open House. 2024's edition will begin by hosting a very special classical music live experience - All Things Orchestral. Presented by Myleene Klass.

BST Hyde Park Open House presents All Things Orchestral

28th June - 11th July
Various days
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park will host the hugely popular free summer event, Open House. This year's edition will begin by hosting a very special classical music live experience - All Things Orchestral. Presented by Myleene Klass on 28 June.

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The Lion King in Concert

5th - 6th July
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the original animated classic roaring from the big screen, all whilst Hans Zimmer's Oscar®-winning score is performed live to picture. Featuring Chineke! Orchestra and London Community Gospel Choir. Plus, special guests from the West End join us to celebrate 25 years of the stage musical.

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Fanny – The Other Mendelssohn + Panel on Women Composers

17th June
6.45pm
Goethe-Institut
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A film screening and a British-German panel exploring women composers. With questions such as, are things easier for them than in Fanny's day? And how are women changing the idea of what it is to be a composer, and what music is composed?

Late Night Jazz: Royal College of Music Junior Department Jazz Ensemble

27th June
9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal College of Music Junior Department Jazz Ensemble's sixteen-piece big band will perform a broad spectrum of jazz and world music, spanning swing, bebop, jazz-funk, latin, Afrobeat and other popular styles.

FestivALL

23rd June
11am
Royal College of Music
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Visit the Royal College of Music for FestivALL, a student-led celebration of music spanning centuries, regions and genres. Curated by RCM musicians, FestivALL showcases compositions from under-represented groups and individuals, and with themes of diversity and representation in classical music.

Sound System Stories: Wheel And Come Again!

23rd August
6.15pm - 9.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join this special evening with Gladdy Wax (aka Mr Vinyl Fingers), the legendary sound system genius. A pre-Nottinghill Carnival weekend event to celebrate this musical giant by recording and archiving his story of UK Sound System Culture.

Open House at BST Hyde Park

28th June - 11th July
Various Times
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park opens its doors in between the three weekends of legendary music, to host the hugely popular summer event Open House. For eight days across three weeks, Open House offers tons of activities for all the family, with free access to BST Hyde Park!

Top Gun: Maverick in Concert

27th Sept
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the Academy Award® winning blockbuster on the big screen, with Lorne Balfe, Harold Faltermeyer, Lady Gaga and Hans Zimmer's epic score performed live-to-picture by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Lorne Balfe himself.

An Introduction to Nohkan with Sakō Yasuhiro

20th June
5pm - 6pm
Japan House London
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An introduction to the role of the flute (nohkan) in Noh theatre. The workshop, designed for participants to actively take part, is led by Sakō Yasuhiro, a flautist of the Morita School of Nohkan recognized as a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property.

Gardens Evening View and Silent Disco

25th July
7pm - 12am
Natural History Museum
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Take a journey through the Natural History Museum's new gardens and explore the story of how life on Earth has changed over time, from the days of the dinosaurs through to today. Afterwards, make your way to the dance floor and enjoy a silent disco in the spectacular Hintze Hall.

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.

Day Promming at the BBC Proms

19 July - 14 Sept
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Promming is an essential part of the character of the BBC Proms and a great British tradition and allows you to enjoy world-class performances for just £8! Promming tickets will be available online only at 10.30am on for most performances on the day of the event, with some exceptions.

Turn it Up: The Power of Music

Until 1st Sept 2024
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Just announced Turn It Up: The Power of Music has been extended through the summer! Don't miss this extra chance to explore this smash-hit exhibition and discover what is it about music that drives us to create, perform, feel, connect with others.

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.

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.