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Royal Albert Hall set to stream live science lesson across the world via Facebook

10 September, 2012

The Royal Albert Hall, together with TV television presenters Dallas Campbell and Dr Yan Wong, is next month holding the world’s first science lesson to be streamed live via Facebook to classrooms across the world. Taking place on 11th October at 2pm, science departments across the country will be invited to tune in for a 15 minute lesson outside of the classroom, held in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.

The lesson sees the Hall expanding its reach outside of London as part of its central aim to increase access, innovation and education in the arts and sciences.

The lesson will investigate the question 'what is sound' via a series of live  demonstrations. Through the use of a synthesizer, a sound wave monitor and an array of musical instruments including drums, the lesson will demonstrate the shape, power and speed of sound to pupils. Aimed specifically at key stage four pupils, the lesson will provide a new approach for GCSE science.

Commenting on the lesson, presenter Dallas Campbell said: “It’s a privilege to be involved in this ground-breaking project and to have the opportunity to inspire children across the world in science. Albert Einstein once appeared on the Royal Albert Hall’s stage so it seems an appropriate venue to host a modern-day science lesson.”

Co-presenter Dr Yan Wong said: “"This is a great opportunity to combine science and music in an inspirational way. I think it’s great that the Royal Albert Hall is using social media to bring the world of arts and sciences alive for children."

Lucy Noble, Head of Programming and Education at the Royal Albert Hall added: “We already work with over 100,000 children each year, predominantly in London, and the science lesson allows us to extend this further, across the country and even the world. As a charity committed to providing education of the arts and sciences, we hope for this to be the first of many live broadcasts.”

Chief Executive, Chris Cotton adds: “We’re constantly looking to develop our education offer as part of our extensive public benefit remit and we strive to make the Royal Albert Hall unique – we’re not just a music venue, we offer education in the arts and sciences to support the cultural life of the country and future generations. Through new platforms, such as Facebook, we’re looking to extend our reach even further”.

The science lesson will be broadcast live on October 11th at 2pm, at http://www.facebook.com/royalalberthall
Alternatively it can be viewed on the Royal Albert Hall microsite, Life at the Hall- http://life.royalalberthall.com/
For further information please visit www.royalalberthall.com/explore

If you are a school and want to register your interest in taking part, please email science@royalalberthall.com with your school name and you will be sent an email reminder with further information nearer the time.

Notes to editor:
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The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.

Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.

The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state-of-the-art small-scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, dance and hush, a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. In the main auditorium, it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative that encourages up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences to visit the Hall. It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music For Youth through its Education programme, reaching over 100,000 participants each year as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It has also been appointed by the Arts Council as one of the country’s regional music education hubs.

For more information, please visit www.royalalberthall.com 
Registered charity number: 254543

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