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Classical Music on Autumn Sunday Mornings at the Royal Albert Hall

25 July, 2011

Classical Music on Autumn Sunday Mornings at the Royal Albert Hall

25 July, 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 autumn 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 The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor.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:
Gagliano Ensemble start the autumn Classical Coffee Morning series on Sunday 9 October. This violin and piano duo will perform Bartok, Debussy and Eugene Ysaye.

Dynamic duo Louise Adler and John Paul Ekins take to the Elgar Room stage on Sunday 16 October. Both are prize-winning young artists and their programme will include works by Rubbra, Strauss and Bernstein.

We welcome Huw Wiggin to Classical Coffee Mornings on Sunday 23 October, entertaining audiences with a mixture of piano and saxophone and performing Bonneau, Rachmaninoff and Bernstein.

Eleanor Dennis and Craig White join the line up on Sunday 30 October. This soprano and piano duo perform a varied programme to include Britten’s On This Island, Schumann songs, Debussy, Schubert and Mozart and Handel arias.

The bassoon and piano duo Freddie and Lydia Scadding perform together on Sunday 13 November with a programme that includes Bitsch, Telemann, Berg and Schoof.

Finally we welcome Elmar Gasanov to conclude the summer series on Sunday 11 December who will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin and Ligeti.
Tickets are on sale now and are £11. To book, please call 020 7589 8212 or visit

Full dates & line up
Sunday 9 October – Gagliano Ensemble
Sunday 16 October – Louise Adler and John Paul Ekins
Sunday 23 October – Huw Wiggin
Sunday 30 October – Eleanor Dennis and Craig White
Sunday 13 November – Freddie and Lydia Scadding
Sunday 11 December – Elmar Gasanov

Listings Information: 
Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: 9, 16, 23 and 30 October, 13 November and 11 December
Times: 11am. Doors open at 10.15am
Tickets: £11 including tea/coffee and a pastry
To book: or 0845 401 5005

For more information please contact: 
Sean Carrigan: or 020 7959 0531

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 380 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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