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Classical music on Sunday mornings at the Royal Albert Hall return for 2012

21 December, 2011


21 December, 2011

The Royal Albert Hall and their neighbours at the Royal College of Music are delighted to announce that Classical Coffee Mornings will be returning in 2012. These concerts give 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.

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 The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor.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:
Ensemble de Trianon start the 2012 Classical Coffee Morning series on Sunday 5 February with their selection of baroque music including pieces by Francois Couperin, Robert de Visee and GP Telemann.
Cello and piano duo Ariana Kashefi and Alison Rhind take to the Elgar Room stage on Sunday 19 February to perform sonatas by Ligeti and Strauss.
Pianists A Piacere Trio entertain audiences on Sunday 25 March, performing Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Piano Trio No.1 in C minor by Shostakovich
Thomas Eves joins the line up on Sunday 1 April for a varied programme for trumpet and piano by Haydn, Newky and Himes.
The soprano and piano duo Hannah Sandison and Sergey Rybin perform together on Sunday 15 April with a programme that includes songs by Schumann, Grieg, Duparc, Debussy and Britten.
Finally Daniel Bolgar concludes the early 2012 season on Sunday 29 April performing Keiko Abe: Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs, and music by Bach and Eric Sammut on the marimba and bongos.

Tickets are on sale now and are £11. To book, please call 020 7589 8212 or visit

Full dates & line up
Sunday 5 February – Ensemble de Trianon
Sunday 19 February – Ariana Kashefi and Alison Rhind
Sunday 25 March – A Piacere Trio
Sunday 1 April – Thomas Eves
Sunday 15 April – Hannah Sandison and Sergey Rybin
Sunday 29 April – Daniel Bolgar

Listings Information:
Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: 5 and 19 February, 25 March and 1, 15 and 29 April
Times: 11am. Doors open at 10.15am
Tickets: £11 including tea/coffee and a pastry

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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