London: Royal Albert Hall

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London
Location: Kensington Gore

Concert hall, built 1867-1871 by Lt. Col. Henry Y. D. Cole (using designs by Captain Francis Fowke) for the "Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences Corporation", on the former site of Gore House. Opened 29 March 1871 by Queen Victoria. Named in honour of Queen Victoria's late husband, Prince Consort Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819-1861). The Royal Albert Hall Organ (9779 pipes) is the second-largest organ in the U.K. (second only to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Organ). 1995-2003 major renovation. Used for political and religious meetings, exhibitions, banquets, sports tournaments, balls, and classical and pop concerts, including the BBC's annual "Proms" summer concert series. Capacity: up to 5266 persons, depending on the nature of the respective event.

Notable world premieres:

  • Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder (22 May 1950)

Links: www.royalalberthall.co.uk, www.bbc.co.uk/proms, Wikipedia

[London - Royal Albert Hall] Front Text: "Albert Hall - London - Albert Memorial"
Publisher: Raphael Tuck & Sons; "View" Postcard No. 8;
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Glasgow to Saltcoats, 1903

[London - Royal Albert Hall] Front Text: "London - Albert Hall"
Publisher: Peacock; 1008 L
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[London - Royal Albert Hall] Front Text: "Albert Hall - London"
Publisher: Printed in Saxony
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[London - Royal Albert Hall] Front Text: "Albert Hall - London"
Publisher: Samuels Ltd., Strand, London; J. S. 61
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[London - Royal Albert Hall] Reverse Text: "London - Kensington - The Royal Albert Hall"
Publisher: Nutshell Cards
Size: Modern
Sent: from Twickenham to Mülheim/Ruhr (Germany), 1987

For another picture of this concert hall, see London: "The Theatres of London".


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