Music in London Wednesday 29 February

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Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’29 FebruaryThis 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.

Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace29 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.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition29 FebruaryYayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns. Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution, and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.

Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry29 FebruaryIn this version of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”, the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting. In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity, much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town.

Lucian Freud’s Portraits29 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.

Comedy legend Jackie Mason — his farewell UK show29 FebruaryJackie Mason is back in town with “Fearless” — his farewell show in the UK. Jackie’s politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the ecomony and the US presidential race to the Olympics, David Cameron, and his hilarious take on every day life. As Jackie says, “If it’s in the news, it’s in the show!”

“Midnight Tango”, at the Aldwych Theatre29 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 Bach Choir, singing Rachmaninov29 FebruaryJoin conductors David Hill and Stephen Threlfall as they lead the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, in a performance of Sergey Rachmaninov’s “Spring Cantata”, “Piano Concerto No.3″ and “The Bells”.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam29 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.

“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain29 FebruaryCutting 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.

David Lynch film season, at BFI Southbank29 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”.

War photographs by Don McCullin29 FebruaryDon 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.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture29 FebruaryThis major new exhibition by David Hockney will span fifty years of his career, picking out the pieces which demonstrate Hockney’s fascination with the depiction of landscape. The exhibition will also include some of his iPad drawings, and a series of films which were shot on 18 cameras.

See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum29 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.

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