Music highlights

Get into the festival spirit with our range of musical performances and acts. Plus, hear all about the science of music at our mind-blowing talks.

Adults
Performance

The Planets: An HD odyssey

Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for The Planets: An HD Odyssey and gaze in wonder as breath-taking NASA images and footage are projected onto a giant screen, complementing Holst’s awe-inspiring suite, The Planets and other space-themed music.

All Ages
Performance

George Chen: singer and pianist

George Chen will be treating us to his soulful take on singing and piano.

All Ages
Performance

Live music brunch

Treat yourself to a relaxing weekend catching up with friends or family at the Royal Albert Hall’s delicious Live Music Brunch, taking place in the V&A for the first time.

All Ages
Performance

Musical theatre

Join Imperial’s Musical Theatre Society for a fantastic selection of songs that are guaranteed to be all singing all dancing!

All Ages
Performance

String ensemble

Imperial College String Ensemble students and alumni present popular string music ranging from classical to contemporary. Join us to hear pieces such as Pachelbel’s Canon and My Favourite Things from the award-winning musical The Sound of Music!

Age 12+
Talk

Wonder, passion & terror: what music tells us about our brain

Join Lord Robert Winston in a lively conversation with Stephen Johns, Artistic Director at the Royal College of Music, about the meeting of their two disciplines, science and music.

Adults
Talk

The musical brain: Neuroscience and classical music

A neuroscientist by day and classical pianist by night discusses her dual life and the latest research into brain function and the performance of music.

Performance
All Ages

World music concert

Head to our world music concert which features the Scottish - Egyptian Ayoub Sisters and the Leo Twins from Pakistan

Workshop
All Ages

Joy of sound

Join us to experience this interactive display of bespoke musical instruments and instrument access devices.

Performance
All Ages

The Royal Albert Hall presents Tomorrow's Warriors' Female Frontline

Join Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Female Frontline for an inspiring performance from the future leaders of jazz.

Adults
Performance

Festal choral matins

Join us at Holy Trinity Church for a service of festal choral matins, including music composed by Prince Albert.

Adults
Performance

Free Friday music

Join us at the Science Museum for an evening of live Jazz in the Exploring Space gallery, brought to you by the Royal Albert Hall.

Family
Performance

Peter & the Wolf Live

Learn more about the wonderful world of orchestral music at this screening of the timeless Oscar®-winning animation, performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.

All Ages
Performance

Performance tent

A fantastic showcase of Imperial College London's student societies, from martial arts to music - there's something for everyone!

All Ages
Performance

Sinfonietta

Enjoy beautiful songs by Brahms from Imperial’s Sinfonietta and bassist Jonathan Hedley.

All Ages
Performance

Albert's band

Join the Royal Albert Hall’s very own Albert’s Band as they parade through Exhibition Road – spreading New Orleans street party vibes as they go!

All Ages
Performance

Amersham brass band

Amersham Band is a brass band dating back to 1843. Champions of grass roots and community music making, the band will march and perform a mixture of traditional and contemporary band pieces to enjoy.

All Ages
Performance

Big band

Come and hear some top-notch jazz from the official big band of Imperial College London.

All Ages
Performance

Brass revolution!

Think you know brass music? Think again. Experience the innovation, playfulness and spirit of brass from original Victorian instruments to today's big brass funk sound.

Family
Workshop

Brass explosion ‘have a go’ brass instrumental workshops

'Have a go' brass instrument workshops for all ages. Get on up and become a member of the James Brown horn section! Learn how to play these majestic instruments and some funky dance moves!

Performance
All Ages

The Royal Albert Hall presents Electric Jalaba

Electric Jalaba are the sound of Moroccan gnawa rhythms meeting with some of London’s heaviest beats.

All Ages
Performance

Afternoon tea with live music

Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall's much-loved Afternoon Tea with Live Music series, hosted for the first time in the surroundings of the V&A’s Gamble Room.