Built at Prince Albert’s behest, The Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Road, was inspired by his love of the Arts and Sciences and his wish to promote this appreciation to a wider audience.
Now a Grade I listed building, it opened in 1871 and functions as a venue for musical recitals, lectures and poetry readings. With a capacity to hold 7,000 its vast internal dome covered auditorium, was considered the largest construction of its kind at the time. Its design was based on a Roman amphitheatre and was built using 6 million bricks and 80,000 decorative blocks of terracotta that make up the beautiful frieze surrounding the rotunda.
The Royal Albert Hall has featured many famous artists, from Wagner to Verdi, Elgar, to Rachmaninov, Eric Clapton to Kaiser Chiefs and has seen many dignitaries hold court including Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.