Royal Albert Hall: An integral part of British culture
“Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.” The Royal Albert Hall was referenced in one of the most popular songs by The Beatles. This breathtaking and iconic piece of architecture is one of the most historically and culturally significant places in England. Commissioned by Queen Victoria and built in memory of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s late husband, this concert hall has, over the years, served as a venue for performances by many leading artists from all across the world.
Around 800 events are held in the main auditorium and other spaces in the hall each year. This includes music concerts, film screenings, sports, ballet performances, award ceremonies and community events. It has been the location of some of British culture’s most significant events, says Sidney Hotel, a reputed budget hotel near London Victoria Station in Central London.
The Proms are mentioned in the same breath as Royal Albert Hall. They are the eight weeks of classical music concerts that take place from July to September each year at this prestigious venue. An English businessman, named Robert Newman, founded the Proms, together with the famed conductor, Henry Ford, in 1895. Over the years, this even has become one of the most notable ones in UK culture.
The Proms were described as the “the world’s largest and most democratic musical festival” by Jiří Bělohlávek, an internationally renowned conductor from the Czech Republic. There are many quality affordable hotels near the Royal Albert Hall and London Eye, if you wish to attend this world-famous music festival.
Interesting facts about Royal Albert Hall
Regardless of which performing art you are a fan of, there is something for everyone right here. Did you know:
- The hall’s pipe organ, the Grand Organ, has 9,997 pipes and weighs 150 tonnes. It is currently the second largest instrument of its kind in the United Kingdom.
- Citing property damage and the safety of the public and staff, the hall had once banned pop and rock music artists from performing at its premises. However, this ban was fortunately lifted soon afterwards.
- The hall was originally named “The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences.” The name was later changed to “Royal Albert Hall” in honour of Prince Albert.
- Royal Albert Hall hosted the world’s first ever Sumo wrestling tournament in 1991.
- The hall is part of Albertopolis, an area in London containing many cultural and educational sites. As the name suggests, this area on Exhibition Road is also named after Prince Albert.
It is widely believed that London is the world’s culture capital. There are many other internationally renowned cultural attractions in London, apart from Royal Albert Hall, such as the British Museum, the National Gallery, the O2 and the Notting Hill Carnival. So, if you are a culture vulture, book your tickets London right away. And don’t forget to book accommodation at one of the best budget hotels in Central London near Victoria Station, Royal Albert Hall & the London Eye.
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