Via virtual news conference, Royal Albert Hall has announced plans for 2021, its 150 th Anniversary year. Next year had long been planned to include a wide range of events in performance of such a momentous party … then 2020 happened. The RAH has now been closed to the public for nine months. At the high levels of the pandemic 80% of its staff were furloughed- countless continues to be- and like many others, it has suffered from significant lost revenue and seen their funds greatly hit.
Today’s press conference has brought much needed light-colored in the darkness. Tomorrow( 4 December) the RAH will once more re-open its openings to the public for Tours and Story Time With Father Christmas, as well as a limited Christmas Season beginning on 9 December( some of which will too be streamed ). While the Box office remains closed for in-person trips, the Cafe and Shop at door 12 will be open. So much better loved constructing is ultimately coming back here to life.
So, what are the anniversary projects? They kick off on 29 March 2021 with a special birthday concert featuring performers from both stagecoach and screen. It will likewise ensure the premiere of David Arnold’s year long collaboration with children and community groups to create a 10 motion make, A Circle of Sound, a multi-media spectacular evoking the spirit and history of the Hall. Between 17 to 27 June Matthew Bourne and New Adventures will make their Royal Albert Hall debut, performing a restaged The Car Man. In the autumn( 29 September -6 October 2021) Nitin Sawhney will curate Journeys- 150 Times of Immigration, a week-long festival celebrating human life and contributions of immigrants over the last 150 years’, which will see Sawhney premiere a specially-commissioned oratorio for cords and choir.
Let’s not forget that it will too be the 150 th Anniversary of the remarkable Henry Willis Organ and to celebrate, Oscar-winning composer, Michael Giacchino will write a piece as part of a special concert showcasing the organ.
These are just a few moments in a huge celebration that will spread into 2022, with many more affairs yet to be announced. If you would like to read more you can access the full press release here:
There is even an opportunity for you to get involved. Have you got a special memory of the Royal Albert Hall? As part of the celebrations they are collecting tales of what the building means to the world, and you can share yours here: https :// www.royalalberthall.com/ rah1 50 / or use #RAH150 to tag your tales on Instagram and Twitter.
Stay turned to www.royalalberthall.com for revises and brand-new happen advertisements- looks a lot like its going to be quite the celebration.
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