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Enjoy intimate jazz in the relaxed setting of The Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall in early 2013

11 December, 2012


At the beginning of 2013, the Royal Albert Hall once again opens its doors to another Late Night Jazz series. Following the continued success of the format, the new series features a wide range of award-winning and critically acclaimed jazz artists in the relaxed and intimate setting of the Elgar Room, offering the perfect winter night out for both devoted and new fans of jazz on select Thursdays in the New Year.

An oasis from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, the Late Night Jazz series offers a uniquely soulful and friendly atmosphere, set in truly intimate surroundings. With doors opening at 9pm, music commencing at 9.45pm, and featuring cabaret style seating as well as a selection of food and drinks provided by “rhubarb”, this relaxed and enjoyable evening puts the Elgar Room on a par with other London jazz venues.

Audiences will again be treated to the tones of the Big Red Yamaha S6 Grand Piano which has been kindly loaned from Markson Pianos. The only one of its kind in the UK, this piano was originally made for and played by Sir Elton John but has also been used on ITV’s The X Factor.

Late Night Jazz at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room is the perfect chance to experience a series of exceptional music, sublime style and intimate ambience set in a world-class venue.

Full listings:
One of the busiest artists on the British jazz and soul scenes, the gifted Natalie Williams kicks the new 2013 series off to a flying start on Thursday 31 January. This talented singer-songwriter performs her unique blend of R&B, vocal jazz and soul.   Tickets: £13.50

Brought together by a common love of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong, the Boomtown Swingalings play an eclectic mix of jazz from the golden age of swing in the Elgar Room on Thursday 7 FebruaryTickets: £12

With a crystalline voice without compare, Valentine’s Jazz with Nicola Emmanuelle provides the perfect accompaniment to your Valentine’s Day on Thursday 14 February, performing songs from the Great American songbook alongside new material.   Tickets: £60 per person (includes a bottle of champagne, sharing platter and a selection of chocolate truffles and sweets for each couple)

On Thursday 28 February, the Royal College of Music Big Band visit the Elgar Room with their concert The Modern Masters, featuring Big Band classics focusing on post-World War II jazz ensemble repertoire and the legacy of bebop.  Tickets: £12

Next comes one of the most admired Gypsy Jazz acts of the last 20 years, Robin Nolan on Thursday 7 March. Legendary in the Django Reinhardt world, he is joined by guitarist Chris Quinn and double bass sensation Arnoud Van Den Berg.  Tickets: £13.50

Recent MOBO Best Jazz Act award nominee Zara McFarlane brings her fine voice and a liberal dose of swing to her thought-provoking original songs on Thursday 14 MarchTickets: £13.50 (Please note that this event starts at 9pm)

Since forming in 2008, Bad Ass Brass has been thrilling audiences with its bold, funky music and high adrenaline performances, resulting in them being short-listed for the 2012 London Jazz Award and they will entertain the Elgar Room on Thursday 4 April  Tickets £13.50

Concluding this fantastic season of Late Night Jazz on Thursday 25 April, the unique The Bevin Boys combine the smooth sounds of Nat King Cole with the swingin’ rhythm of Louis Prima to create their own hybrid 1940s style. Tickets £12

To book or for further information, please call 020 7589 8212 or visit

Full dates and line up
Thursday 31 January
– Natalie Williams
Thursday 7 February – Boomtown Swingalongs
Thursday 14 February – Valentine’s Jazz with Nicola Emmanuelle
Thursday 28 February – The Royal College of Music Big Band
Thursday 7 March – Robin Nolan
Thursday 14 March – Zara McFarlane
Thursday 4 April – Bad Ass Brass
Friday 25 April – The Bevin Boys

Listings Information:
Venue: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Times: Music from 9.45pm. Doors at 9pm
Contact: or 020 7959 8212
For more information please contact:
Sean Carrigan – or 020 7959 0531

Notes to Editors:
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the world’s leading artists from every kind of performance genre have appeared on its stage. This shared experience of the best of live performance is now enjoyed by well over a million people each year at the Hall and by millions more around the world through broadcasts, recordings and new media channels.

The Royal Albert Hall is a registered charity and receives no public revenue funding. It hosts and celebrates live performances by artists from around the world and promotes, in partnerships with Raymond Gubbay Ltd and other promoters, productions of opera, ballet, musicals and classical music. Each year over 360 events are held in the Hall’s auditorium which include performances of classical music, jazz, folk and world music, circus, rock and pop concerts, ballet and opera, dance, comedy, tennis, charity concerts, film premieres, school events, award ceremonies and occasions of national importance such as the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance.

Since 2004, the Hall has also been able to move forward with its ambitions to make this iconic building open to the public during the day through tours of the building, ignite and ignite brunch, lunchtime jazz and world music in the Café Consort and a free exhibition series entitled reflect. In 2009, it opened a new state-of-the art small-scale performance space, the Elgar Room, which now hosts classical recitals, comedy, jazz nights, family shows and hush, a series for emerging artists. As a charity the Royal Albert Hall is dedicated to giving access to all by running a thriving Education and Outreach programme working with children, teachers, young people, families and community groups. We deliver a wide range of exciting opportunities linked to the Hall’s calendar of events and the unique characteristics of the building, including specially created tours, workshops, projects and schools matinees.

For more information, please visit

Registered charity number: 254543

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