2015 has been another busy year at the Royal Albert Hall, with nearly 400 shows taking place on the main stage, and a further 400 held in the Elgar Room and other spaces around the building.

With far too many to name, we’ve selected just a few of the highlights of our incredible year:


We kicked off 2015 with a visit from Cirque du Soleil’s exotic and zany KOOZA. Their high-wire, incredible acrobatic performers and a ‘Wheel of Death’ filled the arena until mid-February.

Madam Butterfly

In February, we flooded the Royal Albert Hall arena, creating a stunning Japanese water garden for 12 shows of a spectacular in-the-round production of Madam Butterfly.

Interstellar Live

March saw the Hall filled with stars including director Christopher Nolan, physicist Stephen Hawking and composer Hans Zimmer for the world premiere of Interstellar Live

Noel Gallagher
Stereophonics lead a music workshop

The Teenage Cancer Trust presented five nights of music and music workshops for young people. The Stereophonics, The Who, Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Frank Turner were among the extraordinary line-up of music icons.

Devin Townsend Project

Metal, moshing and crazy inflatables: in April metal hero Devin Townsend delivered one of the most unique productions our 19th century concert venue has ever witnessed.

Titanic Live
This month also saw the Royal Albert Hall welcome director James Cameron and composer James Horner for Titanic Live.

Nick Cave

The month of May saw Eric Clapton surpass an unfathomable 200 Hall performances, Status Quo replace their trademark electric guitars with acoustic for their Aquostic Live show, and Nick Cave present an unforgettable night as part of a rare European tour of solo shows.

Lead Belly Fest

Legendary bluesman Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter was celebrated at the Lead Belly Fest by musicians including Lawrence Jones, Billy Bragg and Van Morrison.

Seven Seeds

The Royal Albert Hall also hosted Seven Seeds, a concert celebrating three years with the Tri-borough Music Hub, which has been recognised by music education award bodies.

Lucha Libre

July marked the first time that Mexican masked wrestling had ever been contested at the Royal Albert Hall, when we welcomed the mythical, dangerous and acrobatic world of Lucha Libre.

BBC Proms
On 17 July we kicked off two months of brilliant classical music at the BBC Proms.

BBC Proms with Radio 1
BBC Proms

August was all about the BBC Proms (17 July – 12 September). With 76 concerts over 56 days, the most unique events included the Ibiza Prom, the Life Story Prom featuring Sir David Attenborough, Sherlock Holmes – A Musical Mind and a tribute to Frank Sinatra from the John Wilson Orchestra and Seth MacFarlane.

David Gilmour

David Gilmour, best known as the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd, made a spectacular return to the Hall in September.

Late Night Laughs
We also launched our first season of Late Night Laughs, returning due to popular demand in 2016, and Silent Films with Live Music!


In October the red carpet was rolled out for the Royal World Premiere of SPECTRE. Stars including Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux and Monica Belluci attended, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Experience the excitement of the whole evening, in two minutes.

Bryn Terfel
We also celebrated Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday with a concert from the tenor and special guests including Sting, Sir Cliff Richard’s 75th, and 50 years of Bob Dylan at the Hall.

Charles Aznavour

A Hall record was broken as Charles Aznavour became the oldest ever headline performer at the age of 92!

Royal Variety Performance
Festival of Remembrance

This month the Hall hosted the Royal Variety Performance for the second time and the Festival of Remembrance for the 92nd.
Kacey Musgraves

We also welcomed Kacey Musgraves for a songwriting workshop as part of our Albert Sessions concerts for students aged 16-18.

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Kylie Minogue
Father Christmas

The events haven’t slowed up towards the end of the year, with five days of world-class Champions Tennis, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kylie Minogue’s first headline concert, and a whole month of Father Christmas in December! International ice skaters Imperial Ice Stars see us into the New Year with their week of The Nutcracker on Ice.

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2016 promises more incredible shows, ground-breaking performances and sensational sights and sounds. See what’s to come with our 2016 calendar.

Happy New Year from the Royal Albert Hall!