Music in London Monday 30 April

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Music in London on Mon 30th April

Our guide to music concerts in London on Monday 30 April 2012.

Rufus Wainwright at Lyceum Theatre, London
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Rufus Wainwright, at the Lyceum Theatre

Lyceum Theatre Music concert in London at the Lyceum Theatre. Rufus Wainwright has been hailed by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and hails from a vert musical family -- his parents are the folk-singing Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, whilst his sister Martha has found equal success in the pop charts.

We don’t have any more concerts, but how about these other nights out on Monday 30 April?

Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern30 AprilAlighiero Boetti was one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th-century. As a key member of the Arte Povera group he sought radical new ways to use simple materials like stamps, pens and magazine covers. Later on he travelled to places like Ethiopia and Afghanistan and created some wonderful embroideries.

“Misterman”, at the National Theatre30 AprilThomas Magill lives in Inishfree, a quaint little Irish town. As a fierce evangelist he wants to save this sinful place from itself. Dwain Flynn is a miserable drunk, and Mrs Cleary is a blasphemous flirt, but they aren’t listening. How far will Thomas go in his quest for salvation?

“Animal Inside Out” — Natural History Museum30 AprilYou might remember Gunther von Hagens’ “Body Worlds” exhibition a few years back… “Animal Inside Out” is an animal version of that exhibit. It features more than 100 anatomical specimens from a tiny frog all the way up to an enormous 4-tonne elephant. The skins have been stripped away so you can see the intricate inner workings of everything from a hare and a goat, to a giraffe, octopus and ostrich.

See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum30 AprilThe British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.

Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov — Cadogan Hall30 AprilConductor Philip Winter will be leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Whitgift Orchestra, and the Whitgift and Coloma Choirs in a selection of classical works by Glinka, Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

“Blood Brothers”, at the Phoenix Theatre30 April“Blood Brothers” has been packing them into the West End for two decades now. It tells the story of a single mum who is forced to give away one of her new-born twin sons after she can’t afford to keep him. Despite growing up on opposite side of the tracks their lives become hopelessly enmeshed, and ultimately end in tragedy.

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany30 AprilThe Saatchi Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new art from Germany called “Gesamtkunstwerk”. It will include pieces by Dirk Bell, Matti Braun, Andre Butzer, Max Frisinger, Thomas Helbig, Volker Hueller, Thomas Kiesewetter, Josephine Meckseper, Kirstine Roepstorff, Julian Rosefeldt, Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp.

Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace30 AprilStrolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the “Changing of the Guard” is one of the must-do events in everyone’s itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.

South Downs / The Browning Version30 AprilThis double bill includes Terence Rattigan’s “South Downs” alongside David Hare’s specially commissioned companion piece, “The Browning Version”. Both of the plays examine life in boarding schools. One is told through the eyes of a retiring master, whose sad personal life makes him act like a tyrant to the pupils, and the other takes the side of a boy.


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