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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This month also saw the Royal Albert Hall welcome director James Cameron and composer James Horner for Titanic Live.
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.
Legendary bluesman Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter was celebrated at the Lead Belly Fest by musicians including Lawrence Jones, Billy Bragg and Van Morrison.
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.
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.
On 17 July we kicked off two months of brilliant classical music at the 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, best known as the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd, made a spectacular return to the Hall in September.
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.
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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.
A Hall record was broken as Charles Aznavour became the oldest ever headline performer at the age of 92!
This month the Hall hosted the Royal Variety Performance for the second time and the Festival of Remembrance for the 92nd.
We also welcomed Kacey Musgraves for a songwriting workshop as part of our Albert Sessions concerts for students aged 16-18.
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.
2016 promises more incredible shows, ground-breaking performances and sensational sights and sounds. See what’s to come with our 2016 calendar.