It was on 2 – 8 April 1984 that the Royal Albert Hall hosted its first dedicated ice skating event when Britain’s first Olympic ice skating gold-medal winner John Curry brought A Symphony on Ice to London.

A Symphony on Ice

Featuring skaters from the USA and Canada, and music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the show combined ballet and modern dance influences into ice skating.

This was the only time the whole arena floor has been frozen over, and the removal of so much ice proved a tricky problem. In the end, the ice was chopped up, put on skips and dumped in the River Thames!