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Classical Music on Autumn Sunday Mornings at the Royal Albert Hall

3 September, 2012

August, 2012


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 2012 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. In addition, the Hall’s new Junior Classical Coffee Mornings, welcomes talented young musicians from the Royal College of Music Junior Department. 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 The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor.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:
Lindsay Bryden starts the autumn Classical Coffee Morning series on Sunday 16 September. She will perform a programme reflective of her diverse musical interests, with music by Muczynsky, Poulenc and Albinoni amongst others.

Young pianist Jun Ishimura takes to the Elgar Room stage on Sunday 23 September to entertain audiences with Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit and Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Sharp minor, Op. 11 by Schumann.

The Elgar Room is delighted to host the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura Van Der Heijden on Sunday 30 September who will perform works for cello by Bach, Mendelssohn and Dedussy.
Part of Junior Classical Coffee Mornings.

We welcome Benjamin Baker and Petr Limonov to Classical Coffee Mornings on Sunday 7 October. The award-winning violin and piano duo will perform Tartini’s Sonata in G minor and Franck’s Violin Sonata.

The Park Quartet joins the line up on Sunday 14 October. This string quartet, formed at the Royal College of Music, perform pieces by Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Anna Andarajah and Clara Muring perform on Sunday 28 October with a programme that includes music for soprano and piano by Debussy and Wolf.

Following an acclaimed performance at the Beaumaris Festival, the talented young horn player Joel Ashford performs works including Poulenc’s Elegy on Sunday 11 November.
Part of Junior Classical Coffee Mornings.

On Sunday 18 November internationally renowned guitarist Carlos Bonell plays his own arrangements of Beatles classics alongside pieces from the Spanish and classical guitar repertoire.
Finally we welcome Portuguese pianist Pedro Gomes to conclude the autumn series on Sunday 2 December who will perform works by Beethoven and Liszt.
Tickets are on sale now and are £15 on 18 November for Carlos Bonell and £11 for all other performances. To book, please call 020 7589 8212 or visit

Full dates & line up
Sunday 16 September – Lindsay Bryden
Sunday 23 September – Jun Ishimura
Sunday 30 September- Laura Van Der Heijden (Junior Classical Coffee Morning)
Sunday 7 October – Benjamin Baker and Petr Limonov
Sunday 14 October – The Park Quartet
Sunday 28 October – Anna Anandarajah and Clara Murnig
Sunday 11 November- Joel Ashford (Junior Classical Coffee Morning)
Sunday 18 November – Carlos Bonell
Sunday 2 December – Pedro Gomes

Listings Information:
Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Dates: 16, 23 & 30 September, 7, 14 & 28 October, 11 & 18 November and 2 December
Times: 11am. Doors open at 10.15am
Tickets: £11 including tea/coffee and a pastry. £15 on 18 November for Carlos Bonell
To book: or 020 7589 8212

For more information please contact: 
Sean Carrigan: or 020 7959 0531
Julia Holder or 020 7959 0512

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 370 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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