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Royal Albert Hall offers its stage free of charge to Rays of Sunshine for JLS farewell concert

13 May, 2013

The Royal Albert Hall has announced that its 2013 annual free let concert has been awarded to Rays of Sunshine, a charity committed to brightening up the lives of seriously ill children.

The concert, held on Saturday 6 July at 3pm, will be headlined by JLS with Olly Murs, The Saturdays, Kimberley Walsh, Angel, Charlie Brown and dance groups Flawless and Ruff Diamond also on the line-up. It will be one of the first opportunities for fans to see JLS perform since they announced their separation last month.

The venue, a charity itself dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of the arts and sciences, is providing the main auditorium free of charge to support Rays of Sunshine. In previous years, the Royal Albert Hall has supported Teenage Cancer Trust, NSPCC, Salvation Army, Royal Choral Society, The Spirit of London Awards and Chickenshed Theatre Company to offer the world’s most famous stage for free to help them achieve their charitable aims. As well as providing a platform for live performance of every genre at the highest level, the Hall champions musical excellence to also ensure a legacy for future generations and works with other charities such as Music For Youth to do so. It also hosted 41 performances in 2012 to support other charities, each one receiving a 20% discount on the hire fees.  

Rays of Sunshine works with seriously ill children in the UK to brighten their lives by granting hospital ward wishes and organising fun activities and events. The charity is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and will celebrate 3,000 wishes granted in 2013. 2,000 tickets will be given away for this concert to children who have previously had wishes granted by the charity. JLS have been ambassadors to Rays of Sunshine for five years and have given up hours of their time in support.

Peta Travis, President of the Corporation of the Royal Albert Hall, commented:
“As a charity ourselves it is a privilege to be able to support the vital work of Rays of Sunshine by awarding this remarkable organisation our Annual Charity Free Let 2013.  This means that they will be able to stage their very special fundraising concert at the Royal Albert Hall without a rental charge being made.  That evening the magic of the venue will be matched by an amazing line-up of performers and I am confident that this unbeatable combination will help raise much needed funds for such a worthwhile and admirable cause."

JLS added:
“As a group, we have been part of the Rays of Sunshine family since the very beginning and have been privileged to meet hundreds of amazing children. It’s been amazing to see the charity grow and we are all committed to continue to help out whenever we can. The Rays of Sunshine concert is one of our favourite gigs and this year will be extra special.”

Tickets for the concert are on sale now from the Royal Albert Hall box office- please ring 020 7589 8212, or visit www.royalalberthall.com Prices start at £25 and booking fees apply except to personal visitors to the Box Office. For further information on Rays of Sunshine please visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk 

Doors will open at 2.15pm and the show will start at 3pm.

ENDS

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Sean Carrigan, 020 7959 0531, seanc@royalalberthall.com

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Royal Albert Hall
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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