Classical music in London Sunday 26 February

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Classical music in London on Sun 26th February

Our guide to classical music in London on Sunday 26 February 2012.

 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Philharmonia, playing Rachmaninov and Sibelius

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Vasily Petrenko, violinist James Ehnes and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Hindemith, Rachmaninov and Sibelius.
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.
 
Don Giovanni at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni". As he charms, lies and fights his way through life, pursued by his victims and their angry relatives, Don Giovanni can't resist the urge for further conquests. But when will his luck finally run out?

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 26 February including:

David Lynch film season, at BFI Southbank26 FebruaryBFI Southbank will be celebrating the career of one of Hollywood’s most talked about directors with a month-long retrospective of David Lynch’s films. Films include “Blue Velvet”, “Dune”, “The Elephant Man”, “Eraserhead”, “Lost Highway” and “Wild At Heart”.

The City of London Walk26 FebruaryThis 90-minute walk will explore the ancient Square Mile with its secret spaces and architecture spanning 2,000 years of history. This is an excellent introduction to the oldest part of London, with fascinating tales stretching from the Romans all the way up to the 21st-century.

David Shrigley: Brain Activity26 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.

“Picasso and Britain” exhibition26 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.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds26 FebruaryEver since he split from Oasis in October 2009, Noel has kept a backseat whilst his brother Liam formed Beady Eye. But now Noel has his own band — High Flying Birds — and is taking them out a seven date UK and Ireland tour. They will be playing tracks from their debut album and a selection of old Noel Gallagher songs.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons26 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.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 201126 FebruaryThe Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition reveals the best images from the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition. It includes all of the winners, the runners-up and more than 100 prize-winning photographs.

Antarctic photography, from Scott’s expedition26 February“The Heart of the Great Alone” is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott’s Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton’s visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.

“Three Days In May”… with Warren Clarke26 February“Three Days in May” takes us behind the famous Downing Street door for three of the most pivotal days in British history. Newly installed as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill assembles the war cabinet and tries to persuade the appeasers that Britain’s only option is to fight on alone.

 
 
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