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 Classical music at the Barbican Hall London. 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. See a production of Aida at the Royal Albert Hall on Sat 25th February 2012.
 

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

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.

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton25 FebruaryCecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother. This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits. Also included are extracts from Beaton’s own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.

Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace25 FebruaryStrolling 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.

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.

“Midnight Tango”, at the Aldwych Theatre25 February“Midnight Tango” was created by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace — the same people who have been dazzling us with their sensual tango routines on TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. The show is set in downtown Buenos Aires and will take you on a journey through this intoxicating city.

The House of Annie Lennox25 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 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.

Lucian Freud’s Portraits25 FebruaryThis major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freud’s portraits — a central theme throughout his career. It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods. For example, paintings of Freud’s lovers, close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work.

David Shrigley: Brain Activity25 FebruaryDavid Shrigley is best known for his witty and wry observations on everyday life. He uses a deliberately crude graphic style alongside an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships. This exhibition will be his first major show in London.

 

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