Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall From Royal Albert Hall Kensington
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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.
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.
> 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.”
> 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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