Classical music in London Saturday 25 February

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Classical music in London on Sat 25th February

Our guide to classical music in London on Saturday 25 February 2012.

 at Barbican Hall, London
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Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join conductor and pianist Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields at Barbican Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Ries, Beethoven and Schubert.
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.
 

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 25 February including:

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam25 FebruaryHajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.

“She Stoops to Conquer”, at the National Theatre25 February“She Stoops To Conquer” tells the story of Hardcastle, who’s trying to introduce his eligable daughter to his old friend’s son. But his son is crippled with shyness when it comes to wooing the upper classes, and he is tricked into thinking his prospective father-in-law is an old innkeeper, and his daughter is a barmaid.

Anton du Beke & Erin Boag — Let’s Do It!25 FebruaryBritain’s favourite dance couple Anton du Beke and Erin Boag are returning to the stage with a fantastic new show — “Let’s Do It”. The music will be provided by singer Lance Ellington and a live orchestra, and they will be accompanied by some excellent guest dancers.

“Picasso and Britain” exhibition25 February“Picasso and Britain” will explore the artist’s lifelong connections with this country. The exhibition will consist of 150 works charting Picasso’s rise in Britain, tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime. It will also examine the artist’s impact on 20th-century modernism.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London25 FebruaryThe Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth by putting on a major new exhibition, taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs and the original manuscripts of ‘Bleak House’ and ‘David Copperfield’ will bring to life the author’s world.

See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum25 FebruaryThe 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.

“Travelling Light”, at the National Theatre25 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.

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory25 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.

Rugby 6 Nations: England v Wales25 FebruaryAs the winners of last year’s Rugby 6 Nations, England will be looking to repeat the feat with a game against Wales. The RBS 6 Nations Championship is an annual rugby union competition involving the six best sides in Europe: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

 
 
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