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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Anne Boleyn Music Book

20th Mar
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Hear selected works from one of the Royal College of Music’s greatest treasures – the Anne Boleyn Music Book – a manuscript that almost certainly once belonged to the Tudor queen. The original manuscript will be on display along with copies of the recently published facsimile edition.

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Thomas Zehetmair conducts Mozart and Dvořák

22nd Mar
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair skilfully directs the RCM Symphony Orchestra in this varied evening concert. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante opens the programme, treating us to rich textures, delectable harmonies and dazzling solo writing.

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RCM Junior Department End of Term Concert

23rd Mar
5.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Enjoy a showcase of exceptional talent from Royal College of Music Junior Department musicians. Bringing busy RCMJD term to a close, we hear a variety of performances from our outstanding young musicians, including music for chamber ensembles, choirs and the RCMJD Chamber Orchestra.

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A la française

24th Mar
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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From the sassy and satirical to the solemn and spiritual, let our the Royal College of Music conductors take you on a whirlwind tour of the French Baroque. This varied evening programme features everything from dances and airs to cantatas and motets.

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Otis & Eunice

29th & 30th Mar
4.30pm & 6.30pm
Royal College of Music
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In two different cities, in two different places, one story is told. Otis and Eunice are in love. On a bright summer's morning the carnival comes to town and through the colour and the excitement, Eunice goes missing... A multi-location theatrical performance.

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Love Classical

25th April - 4th June
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Royal Albert Hall
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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.

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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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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.

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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Linder: Another Music in a Different Arcadia

22nd Mar
6-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Another Music in a Different Arcadia is a new performance inspired by the themes in Home Futures. British Artist Linder will bring together performers and an assembly of unusual musical instruments, for a one-night performance investigating the sound of domestic work for the future.

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.

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.

Royal College of Music Concerts

22nd March
6.30-7.30pm
V&A
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Hear musicians from The Royal College of Music perform in the beautiful setting of the Globe at the heart of the V&A’s Europe Galleries. Concerts occur on the first three Fridays of every month.

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.

Percussion Festival

5th May
Royal College of Music
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The RCM's highly popular Festival of Percussion returns for another day of masterclasses, performances and instrumental showcases!

The Shams Group: Music of Love

28th March
7.45 - 10pm
The Ismaili Centre
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Inspired by the mystical poets, musicians, and thinkers of the East, Tajik music sensation The Shams Group merges poetic traditions of the East with modern music of the West. The group blends historic instruments with modern-day electric guitars, drums, and saxophones.

Magic of the Musicals

10th May
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Magic at the Musicals returns with a brand new line-up of leading cast member performances from the West End’s most celebrated shows, including Fiddler On The Roof, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Matilda The Musical, Disney’s The Lion King and MAMMA MIA! The Musical.

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Song Writing with Salomé Quartet

23rd Mar
2-3:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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Join us and hear our Royal College of Music musicians in residence play live, learn about what a quartet is and the roles of each instrument. Children will also experiment with writing lyrics and will create the very special gift of a song for someone special.

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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.