Start planning now to get your culture fix in 2018 at the iconic venue…
What’s On in 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall?
in London’s South Kensington is the venue of choice for all manner of spectacles, concerts, sporting events, the ballet and just about everything in between. We take a look at what’s on at the iconic venue in 2018, so that you can start planning your day out now…
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With the BBC Proms underway, the Royal Albert Hall is buzzing with all sorts of symphonic sounds.
Prom 40: Joshua Bell & The Academy of St Martin in the Fields
12 August, 4:00-6:00 pm
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields returns to the Proms with director and soloist Joshua Bell in a wide-ranging programme, rich in melody and narrative. Saint‑Saëns’s Third Violin Concerto is the Romantic display concerto par excellence, but shares its light-footed musical grace with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s overture. Bridge’s Lament is an elegy for those who died following the torpedoing of the RMS Lusitania. Tickets bookable at
Prom 46: Benjamin Grosvenor & National Youth Jazz Orchestra
16 August, 10:15-11:30pm
Classical music gets a swing in its step in this all-American concert by the UK’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Benjamin Grosvenor is the soloist in Gershwin’s intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue – an exhilarating mix of jazz rhythms and classical virtuosity. This upbeat programme also showcases the popular side of Leonard Bernstein – who was, like Gershwin, renowned as both jazz pianist and composer. Expect dazzling performances from some of this country’s finest young musicians. Tickets bookable at
Prom 49: Chopin & Tchaikovsky
19 August, 11am-1:15pm
Winner of the 2015 International Chopin Competition, Seong-Jin Cho makes his Proms debut as soloist in Chopin’s lyrical and much-loved Second Piano Concerto. The Polish theme that begins in the mazurkas that swirl through the concerto continues with the UK premiere of Agata Zubel’s Fireworks, a celebration of freedom and of the present moment, written to mark the 100th anniversary of Polish independence. In the second half, Gianandrea Noseda and the European Union Youth Orchestra turn up the intensity with one of the great Romantic symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s stirring Fifth. . These tickets sell very quickly so this page will show ‘not available’ when tickets are sold out.
Prom 51: Strauss, Wagner & Per Norgard
20 August, 7:30-9:30pm
Premiered in 1976, Per Nørgård’s Third Symphony is one of the great contemporary symphonies – a Danish classic that has never before been performed in the UK. Suffused with glowing microtones and thick, textural beauty, the eclectic score draws on everything from plainchant to Latin-American rhythms to spin its extraordinary narrative. Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra preface it with two works of equal sonic breadth: Wagner’s exquisite musical meditation, the Prelude to Act 1 of Parsifal, and the autumnal warmth of Strauss’s Four Last Songs, sung by Swedish soprano Malin Byström. Tickets bookable at
Prom 70: Tango Prom
4 September, 7:30pm
A celebration of the heady, sexually charged Latin American tango, from its origins in the bars of 1880s Buenos Aires, through to Ástor Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango that emerged in the 1950s. The story also embraces the Finnish tango tradition of the early 20th century – steeped in the themes of love, sorrow and nature – and comes bang up to date with some of the latest tango music. Showcasing Grammy Award-winning pianist Pablo Ziegler along with leading singers, dancers and instrumentalists from Europe, the USA and Argentina, the raw and earthy vitality of the tango is explored, from the sultry intimacy of the bandoneon to the big-band orchestral forces of the Britten Sinfonia. . These tickets sell very quickly so this page will show ‘not available’ when tickets are sold out.
Prom 73: Before the Ending of the Day
6 September, 10:15 pm
Before the fanfares and celebrations of the Last Night of the Proms comes a late-night moment of contemplation led by Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars. Recreating the Christian office of Compline, the final service of the church day, they weave together a sung meditation spanning over 1,000 years of sacred music. The delicate tracery of Renaissance polyphony by Padilla and Gallus gives way to the 21st-century ‘Spiritual’ Minimalism of Arvo Pärt, and at the centre of it all sits Allegri’s exquisite Miserere. . These tickets sell very quickly so this page will show ‘not available’ when tickets are sold out.
And later in the year?
The second half of 2018 sees an impressive line-up at the Royal Albert Hall, including on 18 September, on 20 September, on 27 November and the from 6 December. We will be updating this page to bring you the latest listings.
Make an occasion of it by booking into , the Royal Albert Hall’s fine dining restaurant and bar that opened last autumn. Michelin star-awarded chef Eric Chavot has created a menu of seasonal, French-inspired dishes to delight RAH ticketholders, who now make a ritual of heading there for an early supper before the evening’s entertainment. You can even order dessert and drinks which will be prepared in time for the first interval, so there’s no rush. With beautiful views of Kensington Gardens, the restaurant is located on the Rausing Circle and decked out with accents of lilac and grey, making it an elegant spot for a glass of pre-show champagne – but it’s worth taking the time to dine there. The prix fixe menu is extremely reasonable considering the quality of the cuisine. Highlights include the refreshingly tart sea bream ceviche to start, and a delicately seared piece of Brill atop squid ink linguine in a mustard velouté. 2 courses for £37.
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