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The Royal Albert Hall announces an enthralling autumn line-up of performers for its More at The Hall series

10 September, 2013

Highlights include:
-One of Britain’s best loved poets, John Cooper Clarke, and the pioneering meld of Western and Eastern music from Natacha Atlas, as part of the Nour Festival
-A variety of Bluesfest ignite performances to enjoy throughout the day (including World Party and Nate James)
-Up and coming jazz star Kat Edmonson plus others performing as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival
-Classically trained dancers performing elegant pieces interspersed with West End songs in Cabaresque

The Royal Albert Hall forges ahead with its mission to increase access to the arts with the announcement of its diverse autumn/winter season of the More At The Hall programme. The Hall continues to offer an array of reasonably priced events in its various non-auditorium spaces and will host many one-off performances, including those from both the London Jazz and Bluesfest Festivals, as well as its regular comedy, Late Night Jazz, Classical Coffee Morning and ignite series.

It’s mostly an international affair in the 350-capacity Elgar Room this autumn with performers   and their events spanning three continents. A cross-section of Europe is well represented, with German musician and producer Ulrich Schnauss performing some of the elegant electronica for which he is famous; BBC’s Last Choir Standing 2008 winners, the Welsh Only Men Aloud, performing a varied and eclectic repertoire; Eve Louiseau honouring legendary French Cabaret queen Edith Piaf, singing all of her most loved songs; and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Chamber Choir bringing us back home to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten. Taking us further afield will be Natacha Atlas showcasing her pioneering blend of Western and Eastern music as part of the Nour Festival celebrating Middle Eastern and North African culture and arts; Antionio Forcione Trio performing the guitar virtuoso’s new album Sketches of Africa, joined by Katy Carr, known for bringing British and Polish communities together; and The King’s Singers transporting us across the pond and back in time with the world premiere of their rendition of The Great American Songbook. Some other unique series and performances this season include BAFTA Conversations with Screen Composers featuring George Fenton and Dario Marianelli, and Inspired Word featuring Poejazzi and John Cooper Clarke. Also, hush with Amazing Radio will present its wealth of new and emerging music from its database with performances from Misty Miller and Embers and award winning looping artist and world record holding beatboxer Shlomo will explore the art and science of geekdom, gadgets and the music of the human voice in his show Human Geekbox.

The Elgar Room also plays host to regular Late Night Jazz sessions which will see the likes of the flamboyant and stylish Gabby Young Quartet; the dirty horn jazz mixed with four-part vocal harmonies of The Swing Ninjas; swinging standards, ballads and blues from Georgina Jackson Trio; the seductively dark and enchanting Helene Clark; and the acoustic boundary-pushing of Gypsy Fire. This season also has the privilege of welcoming the EFG London Jazz Festival from 18-22 November where Claire Martin and Kat Edmonson will showcase their talents as well as Ian Shaw Sings Joni Mitchell.

Comedy & Cabaret will also feature in the Elgar Room this season with a humorous take on everything from ballet to beatboxing!   Cabaresque Presented by Ballet Central kick off with an evening dose of song, dance and music all served up with a heady dose of wit. Morgan and West Time Travelling Magicians will follow with a show for all ages brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. Performing as a full band, Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox will present innovative mixtape mashups and futuristic jams live on stage using the history of hip-hop as its blueprint. Lastly, Sir Tim Rice’s favourite vocal group, Cantabile – The London Quartet, return to the Elgar Room to perform Master Pieces: hit songs by past stars of the Royal Albert Hall.

Sundays are set aside for classical recitals in the Elgar Room or laid back brunch with a side of jazz in Café Consort. The Classical Coffee Mornings series runs in partnership with the Royal College of Music and their students, and is complemented by a junior series with musicians from the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Some of the many talented performers to catch this season include Trio Incendia, an award winning piano trio performing Haydn’s Piano Trio in G Minor and Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in C Minor, and junior saxophonist Savannah Brown who will perform pieces by Piazzolla, Maurice and Molinelli.

ignite brunch provides the perfect lazy Sunday recipe of brunch with a background of vibrant music. Each week brings a contrasting group, from Tango Volcano, a vibrant and virtuosic band who perform a mixture of traditional music from the golden era of the genre and a selection of dynamic and funky tangos, to Man Overboard who add their own stamp to a repertoire of tunes made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, the Mills Brothers, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. ignite brunch is accompanied by the free ignite concerts on Friday lunchtimes in the Café Consort, which feature a selection of talented musicians from  around the world. As a special treat this Autumn there will also be a variety of Bluesfest ignite events held in Café Consort that are included in the £10 Bluesfest day stroller ticket. 

Finally, the free exhibition series reflect will host two shows this series. First up is The Great Pop Prom 50th Anniversary Exhibition featuring never-before-seen photographs of the 17 September 1963 concert where The Beatles and The Rolling Stones performed together at the Royal Albert Hall. There will also be rare contemporary prints of both bands, as well as original posters and artwork from the personal collection of artist John Pasche, creator of the Stones’ famous tounge and lip design. This will be followed by The Royal Photographic Society International Images for Science Exhibition 2013, showcasing stunning images demonstrating a diverse range of photographic techniques, from scientists creating images to support their research to scientific photographers using the medium to record science in all its aspects.

Built to promote the understanding and appreciation of the arts, the Royal Albert Hall actively works to support and contribute to the cultural life of the country. The Hall looks to provide memorable visitor experiences for all and, as a charity, these More At The Hall events form a part of its extensive public benefit remit by offering cheaper ticket prices and to encourage new audiences into the building.

To see full details on the upcoming More At The Hall season or to book tickets please visit Alternatively call 020 7589 8212.

To download the full programme please visit     @royalalberthall


Notes to editors

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Elgar Room Events and Dates:

Classical Coffee Mornings 
Elgar Room, 11am (except Sunday 24th November at 10.30am) , £11 (tickets include tea/coffee and a pastry)
Sunday 22 September  Vasara Quartet
Sunday 29 September  Claire Wickes
Sunday 20 October Serpentine Brass 
Sunday 3 November Trio Incendia
Sunday 10 November Nick Pritchard 
Sunday 17 November James Maltby
Sunday 24 November Hannah Tarley

Junior Classical Coffee Mornings 
Sunday 27 October Nina Del Ser 
Sunday 1 December Savannah Brown

Late Night Jazz 
Elgar Room, 9.45pm, £12-£22.50
Thursday 26 September Gabby Young Quartet 
Thursday 3 October The Swing Ninjas
Thursday 17 October Georgina Jackson Trio
Wednesday 6 November Helene Clark
Monday 18 November EFG London Jazz Festival: Claire Martin
Tuesday 19 November EFG London Jazz Festival: Kat Edmonson
Friday 22 November EFG London Jazz Festival: Ian Shaw Sings Joni Mitchell
Thursday 19 December Gypsy Fire

Elgar Comedy & Cabaret
Elgar Room, £12-£18.50
Friday 27 September Cabaresque Presented By Ballet Central, 8.30pm
Saturday 19 October Morgan and West Time Travelling Magicians, 1.30pm
Saturday 2 November Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox, 8.30pm
Wednesday 13 November Cantabile – The London Quartet, 8pm

One off Shows 
Elgar Room
Monday 23 September BAFTA Conversations with Screen Composers: George Fenton, 7pm £10
Tuesday 24 September HUSH with Amazing Radio, 7.45pm £8.50
Monday 30 September Ulrich Schnauss: Live, 8pm £11.50
Tuesday 1 October Only Men Aloud, 7pm & 9.45pm £16.50
Saturday 12 October Natacha Atlas, 8.30pm £16.50
Wednesday 16 October The King’s Singers: The Great American Songbook, 9pm £32
Wednesday 23 October Inspired Word: Poejazzi, 8pm £13
Sunday 3 November Piaf, The Songs – 50th Anniversary Tour, 5pm £15
Tuesday 5 November Shlomo – Human Geekbox, 8pm £13.50
Monday 11 November National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Chamber Choir, 8pm £12
Tuesday 12 November Antonio Forcione Trio: Sketches of Africa and Katy Carr, 7.45pm £16
Monday 25 November BAFTA Conversations with Screen Composers: Dario Marianelli, 7pm £10
Tuesday 3 December Inspired Word: Christmas with John Cooper Clark & Special Guests Mike Garry and Luke Wright, 7.45pm £20

Family ignite
Elgar Room, 12 noon and 2.30pm, £3.50 (for children 16 years and under), Adults £5
Monday 28 October  Albert’s Band – Boogie Woogie Blues

Café Consort Events and Dates:

ignite brunch
Café Consort, 11.30am, music from 12noon-2pm, £28.50, £15 for under 12s (including a two course brunch menu)
Sunday 22 September Tango Volcano
Sunday 29 September Flamenco Express
Sunday 13 October Gabrielle Ducomble and Band
Sunday 20 October Morgan Szymanski and Harriet MacKenzie
Sunday 3 November Duo Diez
Sunday 10 November Man Overboard

Café Consort, 12 noon, free entry
Friday 6 September Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Friday 20 September Louise JordanFriday 27 September Balagan Café Band
Friday 11 October Tommasco Starace
Friday 18 October Fobo Jug Band
Friday 25 October Maya Youssef
Friday 15 November Basin Street Brawlers
Friday 29 November Christian Miller Trio

Junior ignite
Thursday 26 September EYSO Wind Quintet
Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 November Music For Youth Schools Prom Performers
Thursday 28 November Junior Trinity Sax Quartet
London Jazz Festival ignite
Thursday 21 November Alan Hampton
Friday 22 November Vive
Bluesfest ignite
Included in the £10 Bluesfest Day Stroller Ticket
Tuesday 29 October Nate James, 2pm
Tuesday 29 October Smoove & Turrell, 3.15pm
Wednesday 30 October Natalie Williams, 2pm
Wednesday 30 October Liane Carrol, 3.30pm
Thursday 31 October World Party, 2pm
Friday 1 November Jess Roberts, 2pm

Free Exhibition Series
The Great Pop Prom 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Ground floor corridor
Saturday 21 September – Tuesday 22 October
This exhibition can be viewed when attending performances or on the free open days:
Sunday 22 September 10am-4pm
Saturday 28 September 10am-4pm
Saturday 5 October 10am-4pm
Saturday 19 October 10am-4pm

The Royal Photographic Society International Images for Science Exhibition 2013, Ground floor corridor
Thursday 7 November – Sunday 1 December
This exhibition can be viewed when attending performances or on the free open days:
Sunday 10 November 10am-4pm
Saturday 30 November 10am-4pm

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 Registered charity number: 254543

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