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The list of famous performers, sportspeople and world figures who have appeared at the Royal Albert Hall since it opened in 1871 is unrivalled.

Wagner, Verdi and Elgar conducted the first UK performance of their own works on its concert platform, Rachmaninov played his own compositions and nearly every major classical solo artist and leading orchestra has performed at the Hall.

The list of popular music artists includes Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Oscar Peterson, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Sting and Elton John and from a younger generation Adele, Jay Z, Kaiser Chiefs and the Killers.

Sportsmen and women from a wide array of disciplines, including boxing legend Mohammed Ali, tennis player John McEnroe and Sumo grand champions, have entertained the Hall's audiences.  

Among leading world figures who have spoken at the Hall are Her Majesty The Queen, Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, His Holiness The Dalai Lama and former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton.