Royal Albert Hall
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Designed to resemble a Roman Amphitheatre by civil engineers Captain Francis Fowke & Major-General Henry Young Darracott Scott. The Royal Albert Hall is one of the worlds' most famous concert halls. Construction began in 1867. The first concert was held on 25th February 1871 with an invited audience of workmen and their families, various officials and the invited public, which was a test for the acoustics in front of the 7,000 attending. The official opening was on 29th March 1871. It was opened by the Prince of Wales and attended by Queen Victoria. The Henry Willis organ is the second largest organ in the United Kingdom with 4 manuals, 111 stops (today increased to 147 stops) and 10,000 pipes. Over the years the Royal Albert Hall has held many events: debutant balls, car shows, Miss World, boxing, wrestling, tennis, rock, pop & jazz concerts as well as classical concerts, all to numerous to individually mention here.
The first film to be screened was the William Fox production of “Queen of Sheba” (now a ‘lost’ film) starring Betty Blythe, which ran from 21st-27th January 1922. In May & June 1955, the Royal Albert Hall was used as the location for the finale of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Much” starring James Stewart & Doris Day. On 4th December 1966 the European Charity Premiere of the remake of Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” was held at the Royal Albert Hall. The World Premiere of “Spectre” starring Daniel Craig was held on 24th June 2015 and attended by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Films are now a regular part of the programming, and include screenings of classic films accompanied with a live orchestra.
The Royal Albert Hall is a Grade I Listed building.
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