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Classical music on summer Sunday mornings at the Royal Albert Hall

25 March, 2011



The Royal Albert Hall and their neighbours at the Royal College of Music have reunited once again for another season of Classical Coffee Mornings. The summer 2011 series of Sunday morning concerts gives audiences the chance to listen to outstanding talent from the College as their students give classical recitals in the Hall’s Elgar Room. With a continued inclusive offer that includes a hot drink and a pastry, this is the perfect opportunity to relax on a Sunday morning whilst listening to some truly exceptional musicians.

From classical to contemporary, these concerts give students a unique chance to demonstrate their talent and interact with a live audience whilst highlighting the long-standing connection between both venues. This history goes as far back as Wednesday 2 July 1884 when students held their first fortnightly recital in this space, then known as the West Theatre. Since then the College has seen a rich and diverse range of alumni pass through their doors including Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Julian Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Britten, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davies, Gustav Holst, John Lill, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Dame Joan Sutherland, many of whom have performed or have seen their work performed on the main stage at the Royal Albert Hall. It seems only fitting that the Royal College of Music have returned to this redeveloped space some 126 years later to continue the work of their predecessors.

Audiences will again be treated to the tones of the Big Red Yamaha S6 Grand Piano which has been kindly loaned from Markson Pianos. The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor.

Full Listings:

Ha Young Jung starts the summer Classical Coffee Morning series on Sunday 1 May. Joined by a piano accompaniment, the double bassist will perform a programme including Sonata No.1 in E Minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms.

Piano soloist David Malusa takes to the Elgar Room stage on Sunday 8 May. He has drawn much attention with his performances of music by romantic composers and in 2010 won first prize at the Intercollegiate Piano Competition in London.

The winner of last year’s RCM Woodwind Prize, oboist Amy Turner performs on Sunday 15 May. A member of the Turner Wind Trio, she takes an active interest in chamber music and has studied with Christian Schmitt in Stuttgart.

Toby Street and Borealis Ensemble join the line up on Sunday 22 May. Toby will be performing Johann Baptist Georg Neruda’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major and is joined by the Borealis Ensemble for William Walton’s Façade.

Final year postgraduate students Robyn Allegra Parton and Belinda Jones perform together on Sunday 29 May. The pair have developed an interest in performing lesser-known works by canonical song composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries including Debussy and Strauss.

We welcome pianist Jianing Kong on Sunday 5 June. He has performed in a number of prestigious venues across the UK and Europe and collaborated with the RCM Sinfonietta in the world-premier of Harris Kittos’ Vessel Tale.

Among the best Italian musicians of their generation, Francesca Dego & Francesca Leonardi entertain the Elgar Room on Sunday 3 July. They have performed together worldwide for the last 6 years, releasing 3 acclaimed CDs of violin and piano music.

Finally we welcome Kitty Whately to conclude the summer series on Sunday 10 July. The mezzo-soprano has sung with the Glyndebourne Chorus for two years and performed at the Buxton Festival Opera.
Tickets are on sale now and are £11. To book, please call 020 7589 8212 or visit 

Full dates & line up

Sunday 1 May – Ha Young Jung
Sunday 8 May – David Malusa
Sunday 15 May – Amy Turner
Sunday 22 May – Toby Street plus Borealis Ensemble
Sunday 29 May – Robyn Allegra Parton & Belinda Jones
Sunday 5 June – Jianing Kong
Sunday 3 July – Francesca Dego & Francesca Leonardi
Sunday 10 July – Kitty Whately

Listings Information:
Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 May; 5 June; 3 & 10 July.
Times: 11am
Tickets: £11 including tea/coffee and a pastry
To book: or 0845 401 5005

For more information please contact:
Ellen Morgan: or 020 7959 0500 Ex 3004

Notes to Editors:

Royal Albert Hall 
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK’s most treasured and magical buildings, recognisable the world over. It is a registered charity and operates without any public subsidy.  Since opening in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall has had an unparalleled history of exceptional performances by the world’s leading artists. Today over 350 events are held in the Hall’s auditorium each year which include performances of jazz, world music, rock and pop, dance, comedy, film premières and award ceremonies. Audiences of well over a million are entertained at the Hall each year and many millions more around the world enjoy the Hall experience through broadcasts, recordings and new media channels.
The Royal Albert Hall co-promotes productions and showcases talented world music and jazz artists through its lively lunchtime music series, ignite in the Café Consort. It has a strong heritage in rock and has hosted a diverse range of legendary artists and bands over the years. It hosted the only gig in history where The Beatles and The Rolling Stones played on the same bill, and has also played host to such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Oasis, Cream and Dame Shirley Bassey. It also offers tours of this iconic building, a free exhibition series entitled reflect and an extensive education programme for young people. 

The Elgar Room
Built to support one of the Hall’s main purposes to promote the advancement of the Arts & Sciences, the West Theatre as this room was originally known, provided space for small theatricals and meetings of a scientific or literary nature. From1906 until 1957 it was the home of the Central School of Speech and Drama where luminaries such as Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Virginia McKenna and Harold Pinter received their training.  In 2009 the room was renovated to provide a state of the art performance space and restaurant. The photographs by David Redfern that adorn the walls are images of some of the iconic performers who have graced the stage at the Royal Albert Hall.

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