Classical music in London Thursday 22 March

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Classical music in London on Thu 22nd March

Our guide to classical music in London on Thursday 22 March 2012.

Romeo And Juliet at Royal Opera House, London
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“Romeo and Juliet”, at the Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House Classical music at the Royal Opera House London. The Royal Ballet will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's tragic love story "Romeo And Juliet", set to the music of Prokofiev's exhilarating score. It tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, forbidden to see each other by the rivalry of their families.

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 22 March including:

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton22 MarchCecil 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.

The King’s Speech22 MarchNow an Oscar-winning movie, “The King’s Speech” tells the story of Bertie, aka the Duke Of York, who becomes King George VI upon his brother’s enforced abdication. While the country lumbers towards World War II the king struggles to overcome a speech impediment which threatens his broadcast to the nation.

Lucian Freud’s Portraits22 MarchThis 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.

“The Recruiting Officer” — Donmar Warehouse22 March“The Recruiting Officer” is an exploration of love, lustiness and victory — in battle and in the bedroom. Captain Plume is given the job of recuiting men for the King’s army, and tempts them with the promise of money, glory and adventure. But he’s also determined to win the heart of Sylvia — a wealthy heiress who can afford to put him to the test.

Antarctic photography, from Scott’s expedition22 March“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.

War photographs by Don McCullin22 MarchDon McCullin is recognised as one of Britain’s greatest war photographers. “Shaped By War” is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work, and includes over 200 of his finest photographs, many which have not been seen in public.

Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”22 MarchThis special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery’s acquisition of Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”. Its companion painting “Diana and Actaeon” was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. “Diana and Callisto” shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.

“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain22 MarchCutting 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.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam22 MarchHajj 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.

 

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