This month Dave Gamble, Programming Manager of events outside the Main Auditorium, gives us his top tips for April at the Royal Albert Hall.

April is always a great time of year for me. Thee chill of winter is on its way out, the evenings grow longer and the cricket season is back in action. Here in SW7 I’m once again enjoying lunch-time walks in Hyde Park to enjoy the blossom, and being able to lose the winter wear on my cycle to work. These aren’t the only reasons to be excited for April though, as we have a fantastic selection of shows taking place Beyond the Main Stage, and here are some of my highlights…

Late Night Jazz: Ezra Collective

THURSDAY 13 APRIL

‘When my colleague Sara Jane (Programming Co-ordinator) told me she had confirmed Ezra Collective for this season of Late Night Jazz, I was super excited that the guys would be playing in the Elgar Room. Ezra Collective have been causing a buzz around London for a while now, and it’s great to be able to host their distinctly youthful style of jazz. The show is bound to be a sell-out with a great atmosphere, so get your tickets whilst they’re still there.’

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Songlines ‘Beyond the Beat’ Exhibition

TUESDAY 28 MARCHSATURDAY 22 APRIL
With Open Days throughout

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‘We have a great relationship with the guys at Songlines, so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to host this fantastic exhibition celebrating some of the finest photographers of the world music scene.

Featuring work from 13 different photographers, this is an exhibition that must be seen by fans of world music and fantastic photography. We’re indebted to all the photographers involved but a particular thanks must be given to Andy Morgan, who worked so hard in collating and curating the exhibition. We have open days running throughout April, and all the prints in the exhibition are for sale.’

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Classical Coffee Morning: Maria Inês Costa

SUNDAY 23 APRIL

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Classical Coffee Mornings is one of our most treasured events in the Elgar Room. It’s been running for a number of years now, and there’s nothing better than watching the Royal College of Music’s exciting young musicians perform beautiful pieces while enjoying a complimentary coffee and pastry.

Maria is a fantastic award winning pianist from Portugal, currently studying a masters in Piano Performance at the RCM. She’ll be performing a beautiful repertoire including Bach, Bartok and Scriabin.

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Finally…

In my headphones: THUNDERCAT

‘Away from the fantastic events we’ve had this year so far I’ve been loving the new album from virtuoso bassist and all-round cool guy, Thundercat. I’ve been a fan of Thundercat’s music for a while now and I was excited to hear where he’d go on his next full length release. As expected, he didn’t disappoint. There’s so much depth and funk to the album that there’s always one of the tunes in my head at any one time. I think Captain Stupido is my current favourite, as I like to think it channels some Zappa-like spirits (which can only ever be a good thing).’