Published: Wednesday 29th of August 2012
For visitors to London who fancy a night of culture, there really is nowhere better than the Royal Albert Hall. The iconic venue unfailingly has a fantastic progamme of events lined up, with productions to suit every theatregoer, and the next few months are no exception.
Classical music lovers will not want to miss the return of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which is returning to the venue to play "all the classics," accompanied by a stunning show of thundering cannons and indoor fireworks.
With a set list of greats including Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Pachelbel and Haydn to be played, the audience will leave after the experience uplifted and in great spirits. A must-see for anyone who loves their classical music.
The Classical Spectacular is running from Thursday November 22nd until Sunday November 25th this year.
Musical fans, on the other hand, may prefer Singin' In The Rain - Live in Concert, which is on at the Royal Albert Hall from Friday March 8th until Saturday March 19th 2013.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Neil Thomson, are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the much-loved film. The film will be shown on the big screen, with the original vocals and dialogue intact, while the orchestra brings the score to life by playing the soundtrack along to the film.
The famous movie stars screen icons Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and the audience will no doubt be singing along to classics including Broadway Rhythm, Should I, Make 'Em Laugh and, naturally, Singin' In The Rain.
People who want to integrate the culture of the Royal Albert Hall with their daily lives can get a regular infusion of music and comedy with the venue's fantastic Elgar Room.
Throughout autumn 2012, visitors can enjoy Classical Coffe Mornings, in which a different musician will play as the audience relaxes with warm beverages.
On Sunday September 16th, Lindsay Bryden, the Canadian flautist, will take to the stage with a programme that reflects her diverse musical interests. Alternatively, on Sunday September 23rd, young pianist Jun Ishimura is set to perform Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit and Piano Sonata No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 11 by Schumann. What's more, 2012 BBC Young Musician winner Laura van der Haijden will be taking to the stage of a Junior Classical Coffee Morning on Sunday September 30th.
Those who fancy something a bit more edgy could instead opt for one of the Elgar Room's late night jazz sessions. On Thursday September 27th, the Baker Boys will take to the stage as Django Reinhardt meets Hubert Rostaing, with Giacomo Smith leading an international line-up of talented jazz musicians. Thursday October 4th will see Sophie Evans, BBC One's Over the Rainbow runner-up, perform her first headline show in London. Meanwhile, people who enjoy the stylings of Frank Sinatra may want to head to the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday October 25th, when Shane Hampsheir, who is commonly compared to the famous crooner, will be singing.
However, the Royal Albert Hall is not solely about music, and many people enjoy the Elgar Room's Comedy Nights, graced by many a favourite comedian.
On Wednesday November 7th, Patrick Monahan will take to the stage with his production Shooting from the Lip. This brand new show sees the return of the "lovable Teesider," who was the winner of ITV's Show Me the Funny.
Those who like something a little bit high brow may enjoy Festival of the Spoken Nerd - Are You Sci-Curious? which is to be hosted in the Elgar Room on Monday November 12th. This brings together stand-up maths whizz Matt Parker, geek-chic singer Helen Arney and experiment fan Steve Mould, who are to "present a comedy night for the fearlessly inquisitive".
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