Classical music in London Friday 24 February

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Classical music in London on Fri 24th February

Our guide to classical music in London on Friday 24 February 2012.

 at Barbican Hall, London
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Sibelius, Stravinsky and Prokofiev

Barbican Hall Classical music in London at the Barbican Hall. Join conductor Kirill Karabits, pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Sibelius, Stravinsky and Prokofiev.
Aida at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’

to Royal Albert Hall This spectacular version of Verdi's "Aida" will be performed 'in the round' amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt. The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, the King's daughter Amneris, and the Captain of the Guard. You can hear the opera Aida at the Royal Albert Hall on Fri February 24th.
 
Le Nozze Di Figaro at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro". The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva, but the action soon sucks in the entire household and reveals its poignant undercurrents...
Der Rosenkavalier at London Coliseum, London
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Richard Strauss: “Der Rosenkavalier”

London Coliseum Richard Strauss's Viennese comedy "Der Rosenkavalier" tells the tale of Octavian, who quickly loses his heart to Sophie when asked to deliver a rose on behalf of the elderly Baron Ochs.
 

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 24 February including:

“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain24 FebruaryCutting through 500 years of history, the exhibition will include works by Lely, Kneller, Mondrian, Bomberg and more. It was also explore the 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists who came over in search of new patrons for their landscape and still-life work.

Boat Show Comedy Club — Lee Hurst24 FebruaryLee Hurst will appearing at Tattershall Castle — London’s finest floating comedy club — alongside Dave Fulton and Mark Mair.

The House of Annie Lennox24 FebruaryAnnie Lennox’s success with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist has spanned four decades, in which she has amassed a large collection of costumes, dresses and accessories. This exhibition will showcase items that helped to develop her creative vision, together with plenty of photographs, awards, interviews and videos.

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory24 FebruaryHampstead Observatory is a small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich — it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don’t even have to book.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons24 FebruaryThe Cartoon Museum will be marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special exhibition of portraits drawn during the last 60 years. Some are affectionate, some are teasing, and some are totally unflattering, but their combined might showcase how her image has changed down the decades, and explores how the monarch’s image was taboo in cartoons even as late as the 1950s.

Elkie Brooks, at Cadogan Hall24 FebruaryNow celebrating more than 50 years in music, Elkie Brooks will be performing some of her classic hits alongside a few from her most recent album. With numerous hit singles, million selling albums and awards, her annual tours are a treat for fans old and new.

“Travelling Light”, at the National Theatre24 FebruaryWhen Motl Mendl first sees the silent images on his dad’s cinematograph, he is entranced. With encouragement from his friend Anna, Motl leaves his little village and ends up as a famed film director. “Travelling Light” is a study of the Eastern European immigrants who rose to became major players in Hollywood’s golden age.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” — Adelphi Theatre24 FebruaryAfter getting sacked from his skiffle band Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is actually his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother — who was murdered by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. But then Francis takes a job with Stubbers (as Roscoe) who still pines to be reunited… with Rachel.

Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry24 FebruaryIn this version of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”, the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting. In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity, much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town.

 

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