With 390 shows and events in our auditorium, plus almost 500 more in other spaces beyond the main stage, 2016 was another busy year for the Royal Albert Hall!
Over the past 12 months we have been proud to host the world’s best rock and pop acts at the Hall, as well as hundreds of talented classical musicians at the BBC Proms, and inspirational speakers.
With far too many to name, we’ve selected just a few of the highlights of our incredible year:
In January it took 86 technicians 8 days to transform our Victorian concert hall for the UK premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, the eighth show they have brought to the Hall during their 20 year annual residency.
Through January and February, we watched in awe as the Cirque performers showed off their signature mix of jaw-dropping acrobats, thrills, tricks mind-blowing acts, in a show which, due to overwhelming demand, returns to the Hall in 2017 with more performances!
March saw us wave goodbye to Cirque du Soleil, and welcome in a host of incredible musical acts, from chart-topping pop acts in the form of Albert Session artists Lianne La Havas and Chvrches, to thumping club tracks in Haçienda Classical.
In April, the Teenage Cancer Trust returned for the 16th year of charity fund- and awareness-raising shows. Among the extraordinary line-up of music icons were The Vaccines, Simply Red, New Order, Bring Me The Horizon and David Gilmour.
May was all about music, as we welcomed in legends including debuting artists including Iggy Pop, The Damned and Above & Beyond, as well as old favourites the Manic Street Preachers, José Carreras and Chris Cornell.
We also constructed an insane skating course on our Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Steps, as the venue of Red Bull’s first Hold the Line skating competition in London!
The English National Ballet’s Swan Lake returned to the Hall for two weeks in June for its eighth in-the-round run at the venue! 120 dancers, 60 swans, 124 minutes of music – and we loved every minute.
In July, we welcomed the BBC Proms back into the Royal Albert Hall, 75 years after we first hosted them in the iconic auditorium which has now become synonymous with the concerts.
The season included 30 premieres of new music, 9 eclectic Late Night concerts, the Proms’ first Strictly Prom and Bowie Prom, and the return of the CBeebies Prom, plus Proms favorites Holt’s The Planets, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony!
What a summer! Over two months the BBC Proms filled the Royal Albert Hall with over 7000 minutes of incredible music, finishing off with one impressive Last Night Concert.
With the Prommers out of the building, it was time for Björk to make her first headline appearance at the Hall, in a night that will live long in the memory for those lucky enough to be there.
As autumn descended on South Kensington, we welcomed international musical legends including Brian Wilson and Zucchero, theatrical magic in Disney’s Broadway Hits and a classical Great Orchestral Adventure for kids, plus Britain’s own spaceman Tim Peake, fresh off the ISS.
In November we launched our first Festival of Film – two weeks of events celebrating the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s most stunning scores, including two superlative film screenings with live orchestra of Aliens and Jurassic Park!
The events haven’t slowed up towards the end of the year, with Champions Tennis and Kylie Minogue’s A Kylie Christmas returning to the Hall, plus the Fashion Awards, and a whole month of Father Christmas and Christmas carols filling the Hall in December!
2017 promises more incredible shows, ground-breaking performances and sensational sights and sounds. See what’s to come with our 2017 calendar.