In that heaven of art, culture and beauty called South Kensington, the area of London where many of the most interesting museums of the city are, there is one of the most impressive European temples of music: the Royal Albert Hall.
You arrive there surrounded by the grandeur of all the buildings, to discover this paradise of sound that seems inhabited by faeries.
Opening the door of a loggia means step into a world apart. On the bottom, the huge Henry Willis Organ keeps watching since 1871 as an elegant giant; above, the flying creatures that seem fled from the deep seas are acoustic diffusers to get the perfect sound to the soul of the spectators.
The versatility of this wonderful location, commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband Albert, is perfect not only for concerts, but also for shows - like those of Cirque du Soleil – in which the music and the lights play a key role.
We went to see at the Royal Navy’s annual concert, with the spectacular contribution of the Swiss Top Secret Drum Corps, but here play not only classical and jazz musicians.
At the Royal Albert Hall regularly perform many pop artists. During the last year alone there have been the Led Zeppelin, Kylie Minogue, Iggy Pop, Beyonce, Björk, Ed Sheeran, The Who, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, The Black Eyed Peas and The Simply Red.
It is not a case that these great artists have been often involved here in charity events. Prince Albert was in fact a great innovator, with a special focus on some very sensitive social issues, like the abolition of slavery and of child labour, and the promotion of an open culture and education..
The Royal Albert Hall organizes Storytelling and Music Session for children aged 0-4 at only £ 5 and Classic Coffee Mornings at £ 12.50, it is the prestigious venue for concerts in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, and also gives voice to boundary-pushing arts.
A lively project, active and incredibly beautiful in the name of the music that unites, enables, ennobles, inspires.
ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP
Tel .: 020 7589 8212