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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Love Classical

25th April - 4th June
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Love Classical returns to with an eclectic selection of some of the most distinct and original voices in classical music today. There will be a range of events taking place beyond the main stage, featuring everything from classical music for kids to late night performances in the Elgar Room.

Space Spectacular

22nd June
3pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A voyage through a galaxy of favourite music from deep space and beyond, with lights, lasers and indoor fireworks. Featuring works by Holst, Strauss and John Williams – perhaps the greatest film composer of all time and winner of over 40 prestigious awards, including 5 Oscars.

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Peter & the Wolf

30th Jun
2:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Enjoy a thrilling afternoon as we meet a hero, a duck and a wolf, in a fascinating story about a boy called Peter! This screening of the timeless Oscar®-winning animation will be accompanied by Prokofiev’s indelible score, performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Classical Spectacular

21st - 24th Nov
3pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The most popular classical music show in the UK returns to the Royal Albert Hall in November. From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture!

National Brass Band Championships

12 October
10:00am
Royal Albert Hall
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The annual Championship Section Final of the National Brass Band Championships return to the Royal Albert Hall, with the nation’s top brass bands battling for the Challenge Trophy.

The Common Thread

25th May
11am
Royal Albert Hall
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In a programme of words and music, Tim Lihoreau, Mary Archer and students of the Royal College of Music explore the link between Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev and celebrated composers Alexander Borodin and Edward Elgar. This event is part of ChemFest 2019, a festival of chemistry celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

RCM Brass Ensemble

26 June 2019
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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For their summer concert, the RCM Brass Ensemble will bring drama and grandeur to Prokofiev's iconic Romeo and Juliet. The arrangement by English National Opera Music Director Martyn Brabbins is sure to dazzle.

RCM Wind Ensemble

20 June 2019
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Join RCM Concerto Competition winner Ashby Mayes for a performance of Weber’s Bassoon Concerto. Simon Channing directs a programme that also includes Brahms' Variations on a theme of Haydn.

'Apollo's Moon Shot' & Teeth of the Sea live score

21st June
7.30-10pm
Science Museum
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Join a unique preview of Smithsonian Channel's new series 'Apollo’s Moon Shot' with a live score from Teeth of the Sea. There will be screening an abridged feature-length cut of the documentary series, with a live score performed by London psychedelic rockers Teeth of the Sea.

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DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir Soundsystem

2 August 2019
7pm
Natural History Museum
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The night will kick off with House Gospel Choir Soundsystem, outstanding singers and festival-circuit favourites bringing together gospel and house music.

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Abbaphonic

29th May
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Back by popular demand! Celebrating ABBA’s greatest hits in all their sparkling, show-stopping glory, West End stars Abbie Osmon and Emma Kershaw will perform an amazing line-up of the Swedish pop group’s timeless classics in ABBAphonic.

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Roger Hodgson

23-24 May
8:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Roger Hodgson, the legendary songwriter and singer returns to the Albert Hall, accompanied by a four-piece band, performing all the hits he wrote and recorded with Supertramp.

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Mariah Carey

25-27 May
8:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Mariah Carey, the legendary pop diva and one of the best-selling female artists of all time, is making a a rare three-night debut at the Royal Albert Hall.

Essential Haydn

18 June 2019
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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In this evening concert, Genzmer's contemporary trio precedes one of Haydn's six 'Russian' string quartets, named after Grand Duke Paul of Russia, to whom the set is dedicated.

RCM New Perspectives

18 June 2019
6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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Hear seminal music from the Second Viennese School, including Webern's Concerto, alongside the work of two celebrated British composers.

DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir Soundsyste

2nd Aug
From 7pm
Natural History Museum
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See DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir Soundsystem perform in Hintze Hall. Kicking off with the Choir, outstanding singers and festival-circuit favourites bringing together gospel and house music. Then the multi-award-winning hip-hop producer DJ Yoda will bring his fresh beats centre stage.

Skyfall in Concert

4th & 5th Oct
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, Skyfall will be screened with full orchestral accompaniment when it hits the big screen at the Royal Albert Hall. You will be able to experience Thomas Newman’s BAFTA-winning original score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in sync to the picture.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

21st - 23rd Sept
1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is presented live in concert for the first time in the UK. The second installment in the original trilogy of George Lucas’ classic saga will be projected in high-definition on the big screen, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Dirk Brossé.

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Foreign Agents: Music and Migration

22nd Jun
2-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join Migrant Journal, the Design Museum and partners to explore the relationship between migration and music. Through a series of live performances, discussions, and listening sessions, explore how musical genres, instruments and ways of listening have travelled over the world.

Blade Runner Live

25th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience Ridley Scott’s multi Academy Award®-nominated cult classic, Blade Runner (2007 Final Cut), on a vast HD screen while Vangelis’ synthesizer-led score is performed by The Avex Ensemble for the first time in-sync with the 1982 motion picture.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert

1st - 3rd Nov
1.30pm, 2.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter™ soars across the big screen in high-definition.

Settling the Score

18th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join a night of award-winning film and TV music from legendary composers, David Arnold and Michael Giacchino, as they strike up the orchestra and go into symphonic battle, comparing and colliding on their impressive back catalogue of music.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

28th-30th June
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This summer join us for a weekend of curiosity, discovery and exploration, bringing together science and the arts. From drones to design, and from symphony orchestras to brass bands, get stuck into a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances.

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Maren Morris Girl: The World Tour

31 May
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Maren Morris will make her Royal Albert Hall debut in May 2019 as part of GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR.