Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences [ rɔiəl ælbət ˌ hɔ: l] is an indoor arena in London, England.


Opened on March 29, 1871 building is located in Kensington in central London and is the usable part of the national memorial in honor of Prince Albert of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha, the husband of Queen Victoria. The second - decorative - part of the monument is the Albert Memorial, which is located just north of Hall in Kensington Gardens.

In the Albert Hall several types of major events take place: from symphony concerts (such as the Proms ) about pop concerts to boxing matches. In addition, there takes place every year the traditional closing ceremony of the prestigious Imperial College London and the Festival of Remembrance of the Royal British Legion, which is equivalent to almost an act of state and is visited by the entire royal family, instead. The construction of the Royal Albert Hall is modeled on a Roman amphitheater and witness Victorian architecture. The domed building was built at the instigation of the Prince Consort Albert. It can accommodate about 8000 visitors ( 7000 seats, 2500 standing). Operator of the concert hall is the Royal Albert Hall Trust, a foundation that receives no public funding.


The large concert organ was built in 1871 by Henry Willis with 111 stops on four manuals and pedal, and was the largest organ in the world. In the years 1924-1933 the instrument in two sections of the organ building firm Harrison & Harrison (Durham ) was reorganized and expanded to 146 registers, including three percussion register. The tracker action were applied electro- pneumatic. In the years 2002-2004, the instrument was dismantled and comprehensively overhauled and reorganized. The instrument has now 147 register ( over 10,000 pipes ), spread over 7 individual works, playable from a game table with four manuals and pedal. 15 registers (mainly pedal stops ) are transmissions and extensions

  • Couple Normal coupling I / II, II ( 2 ) / I III / I III / II, IV / I, IV / II, IV / III, IV (B) / I, I / P, II / P III / P IV / P
  • Suboktavkoppeln: I / I, III / III, IV (B) / IV
  • Superoktavkoppeln: I / I, III / III, IV (B) / IV


Eric Clapton recorded over 200 concerts by far the most appearances at the Royal Albert Hall. For his 1991 released album 24 Nights, he completed between February 5, 1991 to March 9, 1991 alone 24 appearances at the Royal Albert Hall.

Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention in 1967 had a gig at the Royal Albert Hall, an excerpt of which can be found on the album Uncle Meat. Don Preston plays Louie Louie on The Mighty & Majestic Albert Hall Pipe Organ.

Pink Floyd played in 1968 in the Royal Albert Hall. At that time they fired during the song A Saucerful of Secrets from two guns. Then they were given life sentences ban. However, could David Gilmour ( lead singer and guitarist of Pink Floyd ) in 2006, playing on his "On to Iceland - tour " again at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Beatles use the size of the Royal Albert Hall in her song A Day in the Life as compared to 4000 holes in Lancashire. " Now They Know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall "

The rock band The Who, held in the Royal Albert Hall in 2002, a published on CD and LP concert.

1968 13 Euro Vision Song Contest was held at the Royal Albert Hall, which was broadcast for the first time in history in color.

Cream was on 26 November 1968, the more radical final concert at London's Royal Albert Hall

On September 24, 1969, the " Concerto For Group And Orchestra " by Jon Lord was premiered along with the band Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Arnold at the Royal Albert Hall. After the meantime lost score of this concerto was largely reconstructed by the Dutch composer Marco de Goeij, succeeded 30 years later, on 25 and 26 September 1999, the revival in the RAH, this time with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann.

In January 1970 played the British rock band Led Zeppelin here one of their concerts. A film recording of it has now appeared on DVD.

The Moody Blues play since the late 1960s to today regularly at the Royal Albert Hall. A concert from 1969 is available on CD.

James Last has given 85 concerts in the Albert Hall.

The rock band The Killers held at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009, a published on CD and DVD live concert.

Furthermore, the band Muse on April 12, 2008 in this hall with use of the organ.

The Cream reunion took on 2 May 2005 with a total of four concerts its beginning at the Royal Albert Hall.

Likewise, Simply Red gave a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which is also available on DVD.

The first appearance of a musician from the Commonwealth of Independent States at the Royal Albert Hall was Boris Grebenshchikov with his band Aquarium on May 21, 2007. They played 26 songs, some of which were never published.

Joe Bonamassa has performed in the Royal Albert Hall on May 4, 2009. This concert has been released on DVD.

Depeche Mode had their first gig at the Royal Albert Hall on 17 February 2010.

On 5 April 2010, the Swedish metal band Opeth performed in the Royal Albert Hall and soon released the concert recording on DVD. The DVD entitled " Opeth in Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall 'with the Loyal Disharmonic Orchestra Conducted by The Powers That Be" is a clear homage to the appearance of Deep Purple from 1969.

On 22 September 2011, the English singer / songwriter Adele has performed in the Royal Albert Hall. This concert was released on November 28, 2011 on DVD and Blu -Ray.

The Albert Hall is also mentioned in the song " Shame" by Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. ( " ... My tears Could fill the Albert Hall ...")

Alfred Hitchcock made the concert scenes of the two film versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much from the years 1934 and 1956 at the Royal Albert Hall.