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Royal Albert Hall

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Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
  • Box office 020 7589 8212
  • General enquiries 0845 401 5045
  • Bar open From two hours before each performance.
  • Food served From two hours before each performance. Cafe Bar is open from 7.30am–late.
  • Box office times 9am–9pm.
  • Website www.royalalberthall.com
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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Formed in 1935, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is one of the UK's leading orchestras, with an exceptionally wide repertoire and a special affinity for contemporary music.

Sun 19 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

Prom 50: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto & Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major

Mon 20 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

Prom 51: Strauss, Wagner & Per Nørgård. Per Nørgård: Symphony No 3 Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs Richard Wagner: Parsifal – Prelude to Act I

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 as London's first permanent professional orchestra, and despite the Beeb's roller-coaster fortunes it's endured as one of the finest ensembles in Britain, with a special affinity for modern music.

Fri 17 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables. Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 in B flat major Philip Venables: Venables Plays Bartok Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro

Fri 24 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

Prom 56: Mozart & Bruckner. Anton Bruckner: Symphony No 5 in B flat major Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 in C major, K 467

Fri 31 Aug

Prices to be confirmed

Prom 65: Stravinsky, Ravel & Berio. Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Luciano Berio: Sinfonia Maurice Ravel: La valse

Prom 45: Orchestre De La Suisse Romande & Jonathan Nott

Jonathan Nott conducts Orchestre De la Suisse Romande and violinist Renaud Capucon to perform Debussy's Jeux, Ravel's Violin Sonata In G (orch. Yan Maresz) and Stravinsky's Petrushka.

Thu 16 Aug

£9.50–£50

Prom 46: Benjamin Grosvenor & National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Guy Barker and Mark Armstrong conducts the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor to perform new works by Laura Judd and Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue.

Thu 16 Aug

£10–£35

Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Pekka Kuusisto, to perform Elgar's Introduction And Allegro, Philip Venables's Venables Plays Bartok and Prokofiev's Symphony No 5 In B Flat.

Fri 17 Aug

£7.50–£41

Prom 48: Sir Simon Rattle Conducts L'enfant Et Les Sortileges

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to perform Ravel's Mother Goose, Sheherazade and L'enfant Et Les Sortileges, with an all-star cast.

Sat 18 Aug

£14–£60

Prom 49: Chopin & Tchaikovsky

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the European Union Youth Orchestra, with pianist Seong-Jin Cho, to perform the UK premiere of Zubel's Fireworks, plus Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2 In F Minor and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5 In E Minor.

Sun 19 Aug

£7.50–£41

Prom 50: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto & Mahler's Fifth Symphony

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, to perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto In A and Mahler's Symphony No 5 In C Sharp Minor.

Sun 19 Aug

£9.50–£50

Prom 51: Strauss, Wagner & Per Norgard

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The National Youth Chamber Choir and London Voices, with soprano Malin Bystrom, to perform Wagner's Parsifal - Prelude To Act I, Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs and Per Norgard's Symphony No 3 (UK premiere).

Mon 20 Aug

£7.50–£41

Prom 52: Edward Gardner & Bergen Philharmonic

Edward Garner conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, with violinist Alina Ibragimova, to perform Wagner's Flying Dutchman - Overture, Wallin's Violin Concerto (world premiere) and Sibelius's Symphony No 2 In D.

Tue 21 Aug

£9.50–£50

Prom 54: Ivan Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra (I)

Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra, with soprano Anna Lucia Richter, to perform Enescu's Suite No 1 - Prelude A L'unisson, Bartok's Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, and Mahler's Symphony No 4 In G.

Wed 22 Aug

£14–£60

Prom 55: Ivan Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra (II)

Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra to perform Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 1 In C Sharp Minor, Brahms's Hungarian Dances No 1 In G Minor, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 3 In B Flat, Pablo De Saraste's Zigeunerweisen, Brahms's Hungarian Dance No 11 In C Minor and Symphony No 1 In C Minor.

Thu 23 Aug

£14–£60

Royal Albert Hall

Photo: Marcus Ginns

Venues don't come much more iconic than the Royal Albert Hall, which since its opening in 1871 has been the most prestigious concert hall in Britain. For a long time, its cavernous acoustic prompted the joke that it was the only place where a British composer could be sure of hearing his work twice; in 1969 the echo was tamed when the famous 'flying saucers' were hung from the auditorium ceiling.

The Hall gives top-flight concerts in the main auditorium, and has seen numerous UK premieres of famous works; Wagner, Elgar and Verdi conducted their own premieres here. In the classical world it's most famous for being the original home of the Proms, which were first held here in 1895, but it's also hosted famous events in rock history – Frank Zappa got his keyboard player to play 'Louie Louie' on the Albert Hall pipe organ – and its boards have been trodden by stars from Sinatra, the Beatles and Hendrix to Jay Z, Adele and One Direction.

Two of the six restaurants (Café Consort and Elgar Room) also host intimate classical and jazz recitals, and of the 14 bars, the Cloudy Bay Wine Bar offers a selection of seafoods as well as New Zealand wine. With the exception of the Café Bar, which is open to visitors without tickets, all bars and restaurants are only open to ticketholders.

The nearest Tube stations are South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly) and High Street Kensington (District and Circle), each about 10 minutes' walk away.

The Hall is served by six bus routes: 9, 10, 52 and 452 (Kensington Gore), 70 (Queen's Gate) and 360 (Prince Consort Road). London Victoria is the nearest railway station.

Parking is available at Imperial College London, with entrances on Exhibition Road and, in the evenings only, Prince Consort Road.

Opened in 2014 at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, Verdi restaurant serves carefully crafted menus against a breathaking Grade-I listed backdrop. As well as the showstopping schedule, Verdi at the Royal Albert Hall has earned a reputation for the fantastic fare coming out of the kitchen. A relaxed, scenic setting, it is the only one of the Hall's 3 restaurants open to non-ticketholders, and the venue for the Royal Albert Hall Afternoon Tea - a quintessentially British treat. Free live music and Live Music Brunch also features on the weekend.

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