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

Image credit: Illustration: Jackie Morris

Spell Songs in Concert for the Urban Nature Project

Tuesday 2 February
8:15pm-9:45pm
Natural History Museum
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A unique online concert, live from the Natural History Museum, raising funds for the Urban Nature Project. An evening of music and art inspired by the natural world as Spell Songs perform a live concert broadcast from Hintze Hall.

The Music of Bond

Friday 4 June 2021
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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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, including Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Live and let Die, From Russia with Love and more!

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Superman in Concert

Saturday 27 March
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrate Hollywood’s greatest cinematic superhero in 2020 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series. Directed by Richard Donner, and showcasing a young Christopher Reeve, Superman (1978) features a star-studded cast including Margot Kidder as intrepid reporter Lois Lane, Gene Hackman as the villainous Lex Luthor, and the inimitable Marlon Brando as Jor-El.

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Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns

Sunday 6 June
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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An evening of music composed by the prolific classical composer and his Romantic era successors. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra join forces with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing and organist Peter Holder – all brought together under the baton of young German conductor Moritz Gnann.

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Patti Smith & her Band

Monday 4 Oct – Tuesday 5 October 2021
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Patti Smith will perform at the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time in 2021. The punk poet laureate and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is known for fusing rock and poetry in her work. She also won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids in 2010. Catch the legendary American artist performing timeless songs with her band, poetry and more.

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Classical Spectacular

19-22 November 2021
3:30pm; 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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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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Ismaili Centre
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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

Royal College of Music
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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

The Ismaili Centre
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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.

The Spotify of Sheet Music

Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music is the first institution to partner with digital sheet music library nkoda, offering students access to hundreds of thousands of scores.

RAHome to Your Home

Royal Albert Hall
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RAHome has even more great artists performing exclusively from their homes to yours. These are exceptional times but our iconic house of music has risen to the challenge. Reserve your seat for the Kaiser Chiefs, Tim Burgess, and Imogen Heap, who's letting her fans choose the setlist.

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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.