Royal Albert Hall -- home of the Proms

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Address:
Royal Albert Hall is located at: Kensington Gore, Kensington,
London SW7 2AP
England
Telephone:
You can contact Royal Albert Hall on Work +44 (0) 207 589 8212
Website:
The Royal Albert Hall website can be visited at www.royalalberthall.com

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History of the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall was built with profits from the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, and commemorated the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone in 1867, and opened it four years later on the 29th March 1871.

The building was designed by Captain Francis Fowke and Henry Darracott, but problems with the acoustics led to it being labelled less than suitable for classic music. A terrible echo from the domed roof led to a famous joke, that the Royal Albert Hall was the only concert venue in London where a composer could be sure of hearing his work twice. The problem was eventually solved in 1969, when a series of large fibreglass discs were suspended from the roof.

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The Prom concerts

Every summer the Royal Albert Hall hosts a famous series of classical concerts called The Proms (or the Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts). They were originally held in the Queen’s Hall on the South Bank, until the Germans bombed it in 1941. They then transferred to the Royal Albert Hall and quickly rose in popularity.

For seven weeks every summer some of the best known conductors, orchestras and soloists from around the world appear at the Proms to play their favourite classical music.

The famous Last Night of the Proms is a typically rowdy affair, where the crowd wave Union Jacks and clap their hands to bombastic classical anthems and patriotic roof-busters.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of the Royal Albert Hall tour  “I’ve never been inside the Royal Albert Hall before and I’m quite looking forward to it. The closest I’ve ever got to the auditorium is watching The Proms on the telly – the bit where they all stand up waving the Union Jack like we’ve just won the World Cup. It’s definitely one of London’s best-looking buildings from the outside – let’s hope it’s pretty on the inside too. You don’t have to splash out on a concert ticket to see the stage, because they lay on some guided tours throughout the day (assuming that they don’t need the space for something else, of course). Most of the shows are in the evening, so if you want to play it safe then you should roll up in the morning. I arrived at half-past nine today and I’m currently sitting in the nice little cafe… continued.”

A Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of watching a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall  “I’m sitting on the steps of the Royal Albert Hall at the moment, waiting for the doors to open. I’ve bought myself a ticket to the Proms tonight. It’s quite nice out here in the evening. The sun is just about to head home and duck down behind the terracotta rooftops, and everyone is dressed up in nothing much at all – it’s very hot today. I thought it was going to be all shirts and ties but it’s more like sandals and flip-flops. It doesn’t look much like a classical crowd. Not your typical Mozart fans, I don’t think. Not that I know much about classical music myself… it’s all violins and tubas, trumpets and kettledrums. Probably got a few tin whistles too, and a bald bloke waving a stick around at the front… continued.”

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The Royal Albert Hall is best known for the annual Prom concerts. If you like classical music then try Cadogan Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House and London Coliseum. You can also look up music by your favourite classical composer in our events guide, eg. pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Verdi.


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  • Dr John – “The last time I went to the royal albert hall was to see some benjamin britten at the proms, which was top notch, as always. We only have the cheap seats up in the Circle which is only 15 quid for me and my wife, but you get a great view up there where you can see the whole orchestra from back to front, and I prefer it to downstairs.”
  • pamHMRC – “One my christmas must-dos is a visit to the royal albert hall for one of the christmas carols by candlelight concerts. They are truly magical, with everyone dressed up in period costume and the wonderful arena lit with flickering flames. I have never been to the proms, but I am determined to go this year. One word of advice that I wil give you, though.. If you are seated on the flat centre part of the hall then try not to sit near the back. I have made that mistake before, and becuase the floor is not sloped towards the stage (like they are in cinemas) the people at the back have a very poor view of what is going on. So I much prefer sitting upstairs or at one of the sides.”

> Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall

  From Royal Albert Hall KensingtonThis guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the auditorium.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #17 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical works by Mark Simpson and Tchaikovsky.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #18 at the Royal Albert Hall will include classical works by Korngold, Anders Hillborg and Rimsky-Korsakov.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #20 at the Royal Albert Hall will include classical works by Brahms, Haydn and David Sawer.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonThe Relaxed Prom will be suitable for people with autism, learning difficulties, and those with hearing and sight difficulties.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #21 at the Royal Albert Hall will include classical works by Sir James MacMillan and Beethoven.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #22 at the Royal Albert Hall will include a performance of Monteverdi's 'Vespers of 1610'.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #23 at the Royal Albert Hall will include a performance of Handel's oratorio, 'Israel in Egypt'.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #24 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Bach, Ravel and John Adams.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #25 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Bach and Schutz.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #26 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Erkki-Sven Tuur, Mozart and Brahms.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #28 will pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, with music by Dianne Reeves and James Morrison.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #28 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Stravinsky, Francisco Coll and Thomas Ades.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #29 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Stravinsky, Francisco Coll and Thomas Ades.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #30 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Strauss, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Walton.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #31 at the Royal Albert Hall will include a performance of Berlioz's 'The Damnation Of Faust'.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #32 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Elgar, Britten, Purcell and Brian Elias.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #33 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Sibelius, Schumann, Grieg and Hindemith.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #34 and #35 at the Royal Albert Hall will feature a semi-staged performance of 'Oklahoma'.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #36 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Schubert and Mahler.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #37 at the Royal Albert Hall will feature two classical pieces by Rachmaninov.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #38 at the Royal Albert Hall will feature a performance of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (Vespers).

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #39 at the Royal Albert Hall will include classical music by Debussy, Ravel and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #40 at the Royal Albert Hall will include classical music by Brahms, Berg, Schumann and Thomas Larcher.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #41 at the Royal Albert Hall will include a performance of 'Passages', by Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #42 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Saint-Saens, Delibes, Franck and Lalo.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #43 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Falla, Lalo and Saint-Saens.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #44 at the Royal Albert Hall will include music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Philip Glass.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #45 at the Royal Albert Hall will include a performance of Mahler's 'Resurrection Symphony'.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #46 at the Royal Albert Hall will include a performance of Schoenberg's 'Gurrelieder'.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #49 at the Royal Albert Hall will include a performance of JS Bach's 'St John Passion'.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #47 at the Royal Albert Hall will include music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Jonathan Dove and Daniel Saleeb.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #48 at the Royal Albert Hall will tell the story of the Passion, through five centuries of western music.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #50 at the Royal Albert Hall will include classical music by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Gerald Barry.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #51 at the Royal Albert Hall will include classical music by Sibelius, Saint-Saens and Elgar-Payne.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #52 at the Royal Albert Hall will include a performance of Dvorak's Symphony No.9 (New World).

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #53 at the Royal Albert Hall will re-visit the work of jazz legend Charles Mingus.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #54 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Brahms and Respighi.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #55 at the Royal Albert Hall will explore some of the classical music of India and Pakistan.

   Royal Albert Hall KensingtonProms Concert #56 at the Royal Albert Hall will include some classical music by Smetana, Martinu, Dvorak, Janacek and Suk.

If you’re a fan of classical music, ballets and operas then try these other music venues…

> London Coliseum The London Coliseum is home to both the English National Opera and the Royal Festival Ballet.
> Cadogan Hall Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square is one of London’s best venues for classical music.
> Royal Festival Hall Royal Festival Hall is one of London’s main concert venues, and is part of the Southbank Centre.
 

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