I agee the AH is not the best for sound although its better than it used to be before the hanging baffles were installed . However nothing in london has the same atmosphere as the Albert Hall it seems to have a buzz all its own with a unique feel of closeness to the action that no concert hall i have been can match. Imho the greatest concert venue in the world dispite any accustic failings.
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall
Olivia Rutherford / Time Out
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Feb 14 2013
Built as a memorial to Queen Victoria's husband in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall's vast rotunda was once described by the monarch as looking like 'the British constitution'. It has been the venue for the (now BBC) Proms since 1941, despite acoustics that do orchestras few favours. The Royal Albert Hall's splendid exterior is matched by the regal red-and-gold interior which, crowned by a domed stained-glass skylight. Occasional classical concerts are held throughout the year – look out for recitals on the Willis pipe organ. Other key events in its calendar include pop and comedy gigs (including the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows), and circus extravaganzas from the likes of Cirque du Soleil.
Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore
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Royal Albert Hall
- Kensington Gore
- 020 7589 8212, bookings 020 7907 7071
- Kensington Gore
- Royal Albert Hall
What's on at Royal Albert Hall
Pop, French music
Algerian French singer and actor Bruel does his classy chanson thing, with the easy confidence that must come naturally to a man who's a world-class poker player in his spare time.
Buffed and bronzed women's magazine fave Andre embarks on another huge arena tour to remind us of the popstar he really is/was/thinks he is. He'll be touting his most recent album 'Angels and Demons' – his ninth. We've got our 'Team Andre' shirts ready...
Sir Roger Norrington conducts the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven's Symphony No 8 In F Major, Berlioz's Romeo And Juliet and Dvorak's Symphony No 9 In E Minor 'From The New World'.
David Zinmann conducts the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with violinist Julia Fischer to perform R Strauss's Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche, Dvorak's Concerto For Violin In A Minor and Beethoven's Symphony No 6 In F Major 'Pastoral'.
Classical and opera
- Critics' choice
Janácek’s glorious secular oratorio ‘Glagolitic Mass’ is performed by London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Valery Gergiev, and four principal singers. The programme begins with Barry Douglas as the soloist in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1.
Choral, Orchestral music
Andris Nelsons conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Proms Youth Choir, with soprano Susan Gritton, tenor Tony Spence and baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann, in a performance of Britten's War Requiem.
A special event for young children and their parents, with Stephen Bell conducting the BBC Philharmonic to perform Barrie Bignold's Around Sound (World Premiere), Holst's St Paul's Suite Finale 'The Dargason', Wood's Fanfare On British Sea Songs 'Hornpipe'...
Ilan Volkov conducts the Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Jonothan Biss on piano to perform Haukur Tomasson's Magma, Schumann's Concerto For Piano In A Minor, Leifs's Geysir and Beethoven's Symphony No 5 In C Minor.
Choral, Orchestral music
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Choir of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales, with soprano Ruby Hughes, baritone Gerald Finley and flautist Emmanuel Pahud, come together to perform Ravel's Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales, Simon Holt's...
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It was a dark Halloween night last Thursday that I found myself sat at the Albert Hall waiting for the emergence of former Led Zeppelin front-man Robert Plant. The audience were excitable in anticipation, and thankfully there was nothing gloomy about the performance. Rivalling Brain May for the best hair in rock, Plant appeared ready to have a fine time. The wonderfully gifted voice that Plant has possessed since the ‘60s was in fine form, having matured with age and showcasing rich tones that blended so well with the mix of rock, blues and African rhythms vibrating around the hall to much applause. The appearance of the Gambian musician Juldeh Camara added to the layers of high quality musicianship that the band (which featured musicians from Bristol and Liverpool) had in droves. A friend had told me that he had seen Plant play on tour with Alison Krauss last year and that he looked tired and thought that he may be finding it hard to keep up. I have to say the opposite was true here; it is possible that Plant’s decision to not make another album with Krauss after all their success (winning 5 Grammys for their album ‘Raising Sand’ as well as much acclaim)and instead pursue working on something different to keep music fresh and interesting for him seemed to be paying off. While a lot of his peers look tired and worn with their best days behind them, he looked fitter and stronger than he has in the last few years and he was flying around the stage, throwing the microphone around with ease and prowling around with an unbelievably menacing presence; and who wouldn’t feel 10 feet tall with such a remarkable voice? I could have closed my eyes and believed that the man on stage was the Plant of old not a man of pensionable age. He seems to be enjoying the aging process (‘I can travel for free now’) as well as the music more than ever. ‘This is an invigorating time for me’. Quite. The quality of the band was obviously helping to keep him on his toes and he looked to be having the time of his life, and wonderfully, so were we. With the music ranging from old blues classics to Led Zeppelin numbers (which were met with roars of approval), it all blended in together beautifully. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ , ‘What Is and What Should Never Be’ and other classics went down a storm and Plant looked like he could continue all night. Despite finishing at 10 minutes past midnight (leaving most struggling to make the last tube home) I think we would have all quite happily stayed all night for a lock in. Greedy yes, but it truly would have been heavenly. Trick or treat? Treat definitely. A really thrilling night out. Rating; 10/10