Striking the right note
The lights slowly dim and the curtains part. The first notes sound from the orchestra and the music begins to swell, washing over the Victorian edifices of the stands, all the way up to the gods and the lighting rigs beyond. London’s Royal Albert Hall is a legend. A masterpiece of architecture and host to some of the most well-known musical, comedy and ballet stars of the last centuries.
However, behind the scenes of this magnificent stage, something else is playing out. It’s well-known that the creative arts are an essential part of any education, and have transformative powers to help those in less fortunate situations. In addition to a variety of ticket offers, the venue also offers free viewings and exhibitions to disadvantaged audiences, and creates outbound performances in hospices and various day centres. During the recent pandemic, the Hall created the ‘Royal Albert Home’ programme, to bring the artists and shows that were cancelled due to COVID, into the homes of a ‘locked down’ population.
This is possible thanks to the generous support of audiences and benefactors. The Hall is a registered charity, and alongside ticket sales, generous donations make it possible to sustain this incredible building and maintain the work that it does in promoting the arts to everyone.
The Hall’s background initiatives do not stop with charity work. The Education and Outreach programme takes classical and contemporary music and dance to school children, with tours and concerts specifically aimed at these groups. It’s an extension of their belief of the power of the arts, and a demonstration that one is never too young to experience the magic of this cultural legend.
If you would like to know more about the Royal Albert Hall’s charitable arm, please speak to a member of the Blend Group team. Otherwise, we would be happy to organise experiences around the Halls’ programme once it reopens to the public. Contact us for more information.