The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK’s best loved venues, hosting everything from comedy and Cirque du Soleil to the English National Ballet and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Whatever your artistic tastes, you can enjoy a fabulous performance in this stunning setting. Of course, grabbing a bite to eat before the show is essential, and if you’re looking for the best Indian food in South Kensington, Little India has a fantastic menu and is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Royal Albert Hall. Let’s take a look at what’s on this month.
John Williams’ music from Star Wars – 22 October
For Star Wars fans and classical music enthusiasts alike, this is a performance not to be missed. John Williams’ iconic scores from the movies will be played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a sci-fi inspired concert. Conducted by Stephen Bell, it celebrates Jedi, Ewoks and the Imperial Army alike. Two performances are taking place on Sunday 22 October – the first at 3pm and the second at 7.30pm.
The Puddle at the End of the World – 24 October
Fun awaits for the whole family in the Elgar Room. Jamie and her Nanna find their home has disappeared under rising sea levels. Can they rebuild their lives and stop climate change in its tracks? This educational yet light-hearted adventure from Ensonglopedia is aimed at children aged 6-12, but is suitable for all. There are performances at 11am and 1pm on Tuesday 24 October.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson – 25 October
As part of the Journeys Festival, celebrated singer, songwriter, pianist and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson takes to the stage in the Elgar Room. Blurring the boundaries between classical jazz, reggae, soul and R&B, her music pays homage to her Jamaican heritage and her identity. Her performance takes place on Wednesday 25 October at 9.30pm.
Jurassic Park in Concert – 26-27 October
In two thrilling performances, as well as a friendship matinee for those who engage with a charity or community group, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play the iconic score of Jurassic Park live-to-picture. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, this hit film will be shown in HD as Anthony Gabriele conducts the orchestra alongside the soundtrack. Showings take place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October. The friendship matinee is a more relaxed performance starting at 2.30pm on Thursday 26 October.
Through the Noise: Braimah Kanneh-Mason – 29 October
Violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason is joined by pianist Junyan Chen as he performs a selection of his favourite music in the Elgar Room. In this contemporary space, you’ll hear music by Ernest Bloch, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Niccolò Paganini. Held on Sunday 29 October at 8pm, the performance is followed by a DJ set, which starts at 9.30pm.