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Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP


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The Royal Albert Hall is a famous concert hall and arts venue located in the Knightsbridge area of the City of Westminster. It is famous for hosting the annual summer Proms concerts since 1941. The exterior of the building features arched windows and intricate friezes. It is a beautiful, circular building both inside and outside.

One of the UK's Most Famous Concert Halls

The Royal Albert Hall is undoubtedly one of the most well-known landmarks in London. It is one of the most remarkable architectural feats during Queen Victoria's reign. Her husband, Prince Albert, established this venue from the profits made by the successful Great Exhibition in 1851. The Prince couldn't see the completion of the building, and upon his death, Victoria inaugurated the venue in 1871. The original intention was to call it The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the Queen changed the name in remembrance of her beloved husband and consort.

The History of the Royal Albert Hall

The venue encountered problems as soon as it was declared open and its first concert played. The Hall did not have good acoustic, an issue that took until 1969 to solve by setting up diffusing discs called flying saucers or mushrooms to cut down the echo. Before the building installed full electric lighting in 1897, it was lit by gas. From 1996 to 2004, it went through a series of renovations and improvements without disrupting events. A considerable part of the Hall was demolished to enable modern-day events and advances. However, the exterior remains unchanged for the most part.

Since its opening, the Royal Albert Hall has been graced by some of the world's most prominent artists. It consistently puts on a wide variety of performances across genres. As one of the UK's most diverse venues, it stages over 350 performances every year. They include award ceremonies, rock, classical and pop concerts, luxurious banquets, charity performances, tennis, ballet and opera, and community and school events.

Recent Hits at the Royal Albert Hall

The building was a popular variety venue in the 1900s, hosting strange yet remarkable events. Performances included sumo tournaments, the Miss World pageant, mass baptisms, and an array of live music gigs. The Hall has witnessed the likes of Frank Sinatra, Verdi, Jay Z, The Who, Liza Minnelli, Elgar and Rachmaninov, and numerous other artists. Almost every concert here has been highly successful.

More recently, the metal band Bring Me The Horizon performed on 22nd April 2016. The 52-piece Parallax Orchestra and conductor Simon Dobson supported the band. The show had a big success, and the band donated all the proceeds to Teenage Cancer Trust. The world-famous American alternative rock band Alter Bridge performed here in 2017 with the same orchestra. The band performed two sell-out shows on 2nd and 3rd October. With rarely live-performed songs like The End Is Here and Words Darker Than Their Wings, it is one of the most successful concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.


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Royal Albert Hall is located in London. The full address is Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.

Past Events

ConcertIolanta in Concert

Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko will make her much anticipated return to the Royal Albert Hall.

ConcertFrank Sinatra Jr - Sinatra sings Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Jr. performs some of the best-loved songs made famous by his father

ConcertCliff Richard: 75th Birthday UK Tour

Cliff Richard returns to the Hall as part of his 75th Birthday Tour.

ConcertClassic FM Live

Ji Liu and Sir James Galway join us at another unforgettable evening of classical favourites, accompanied by stunning lights and fireworks.

ConcertStar Trek: Ultimate Voyage

An exciting new concert experience featuring the greatest music and visuals from five decades of Star Trek.

ConcertTheatre Train Presents: How to make a Hero

A fast-moving show exploring the stories of the Ancient Greeks.

DanceCirque du Soleil: Luzia
4.5148 reviews

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia is dream journey through Mexico

ConcertMessiah from Scratch

The world's most celebrated choral participation event returns to the Royal Albert Hall.

ConcertLucha Libre in the Royal Albert Hall

For one night only, the Royal Albert Hall will host the mythical, dangerous, acrobatic and heroic world of Mexico's masked wrestlers.

ConcertRoger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp

Roger Hodgson, the legendary songwriter and singer, formerly of Supertramp, returns for another magical evening at the Royal Albert Hall.

ConcertElgar at the Royal Albert Hall

ConcertLead Belly Fest

ConcertThe Scratch Youth Messiah

Over 1,000 young voices from The Really Big Youth Chorus in a performance of Messiah.

DanceCirque du Soleil: Totem
4.128 reviews

Journey into the Evolution of Mankind

ConcertThe Music of Bond

In this year's Friendship Matinee celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

ConcertSqueeze

The enduring British pop heroes return as part of a tour celebrating the release of their first album of since 1988.

ConcertBack to the Future Live in Concert

Celebrate a worldwide cultural phenomenon in this screening of Back to the Future with a live orchestral accompaniment.

ConcertNicola Benedetti

One of the most sought-after classical violinists in the world returns to the Royal Albert Hall.

ConcertBerlioz's Grande Messe des Morts

One almighty concert featuring Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts.

ConcertCarmina Burana

Orff's towering masterpiece Carmina Burana crowns an evening of superb music.

ConcertThe Cat Empire

The globally-popular Australian band return to the London stage for a debut Royal Albert Hall performance.

ConcertBryn Terfel at 50

Legendary Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel celebrates his 50th birthday with a special one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

ConcertPete Townsend's Classic Quardophenia

Guitarist Pete Townshend presents a new orchestral version of one of The Who's landmark albums.

DanceCirque du Soleil: OVO
4.252 reviews

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with its UK premiere of OVO!

ConcertSpace Spectacular

Experience the Royal Albert Hall but not as you know it!

ConcertJonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee concludes his Better To Be An Old Man World Tour with a debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

ConcertJohn Rutter Christmas Celebration

ConcertJools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

The inimitable Jools Holland returns for two nights of boogie-woogie partying with his sensational Rhythm & Blues Orchestra & guests.

ConcertAn Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel

Following his triumphant return to these shores last year, Art Garfunkel is back

ConcertBeethoven's Ninth
5.01 reviews

ConcertRatatouille in Concert

Pixar's 2007 animated comedy adventure will be celebrated live in a HD screening with a live orchestra this October half term

ConcertFilm Music Gala

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return with their phenomenal film music extravaganza.

ConcertBLTM Gala Concert

A musical celebration involving over 500 young musicians from the High Wycombe Music Centre.

ConcertThe Bootleg Beatles

The Bootleg Beatles return to the Hall with their note-perfect recreation of hits from every era of the world's most famous songbook.

ConcertClassical Spectacular

The UK's most popular classical music show returns to the Royal Albert Hall.

ConcertA Gala for St. George

Celebrate England's national day with a selection of favourite English songs, poems and readings.

ConcertSteven Wilson

The multi-instrumentalist and producer delivers two entirely different shows across two days.

ConcertNational Brass Band Championships of Great Britain

The annual national brass band championships return to the Hall, with the nation's top brass bands battling for the Challenge Trophy.

ConcertSwan Lake

Dancers from English National Ballet perform in Derek Deane's critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake.

ConcertGrand Organ Gala

10,000 organ pipes in glorious harmony.

ConcertGordon Lightfoot

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2016

ConcertJohn Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra

The John Wilson Orchestra return with a sensational new show celebrating the genius of George Gershwin.

ConcertBob Dylan

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has announced a run of Royal Albert Hall concerts.

ConcertDiana Krall

Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall returns to the Royal Albert Hall with her Wallflower World Tour.

ConcertThe Music of Youth Proms Concert

Music being performed by more than 3,000 of the UK's most talented young musicians

ConcertKhon

60 Thai performers, and their stunningly beautiful costumes, bring Khōn to London.