Promoting the Arts & Sciences
The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfil the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort) of a 'Central Hall' that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences and would stand at the heart of the South Kensington estate, surrounded by museums and places of learning.
Today more than 350 events are staged each year in the Hall's main auditorium including performances of classical music, jazz, folk and world music, rock and pop concerts, circus, opera, dance, comedy, tennis, award ceremonies, film premieres and events of national significance such as the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance.
The Royal Albert Hall has an unrivalled history of association with the world's greatest musical artists from Verdi, Wagner and Elgar conducting UK premieres of their own works to performances by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles: to enduring legends such as Tony Bennett, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler and a new generation of talent such as Jamie Cullum, Goldfrapp and The Killers.
This iconic venue is also open to the public during the day through tours of the building, live music in Verdi, the Hall’s new Italian Kitchen, and free exhibitions. The Elgar Room, a state-of-the art small-scale performance space which opened in 2009, hosts classical recitals, comedy, cabaret, jazz nights, family shows and more.