Royal Albert Hall opened by Queen Victoria antique print. Original wood-block engraving from The Illustrated London News dated April 8th 1871.
Below is the text of a ‘blog’ with Reach plc’s ‘In Your Area’ posted in 2019
On March 29th in 1871 the Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria. Located at Kensington Gore, opposite the Albert Memorial, the foundation stone had been laid by the Queen four years earlier. Originally to be named the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, Victoria changed the name to the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband, Prince Albert. The idea of a centre for the arts had originally been proposed by Albert following the success of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Funding for the ‘Albertopolis’ as it became known was to come from the profits generated by the Great Exhibition. Gore House and its grounds, where the Albert Hall now stands, was purchased by the Exhibition’s Royal Commission, on the advice of the Prince. However, the Queen’s Consort died of typhoid fever in 1861, before seeing his plans brought to fruition. The Royal Albert Hall receives no public or government funding and is a registered charity held in trust for the nation. Since its opening it has been a venue for wide-ranging activities. They include: Classical music concerts including those by Camille Saint-Saëns, Richard Wagner, Arthur Sullivan and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The Royal Choral Society has performed an annual Good Friday performance of Handel’s Messiah since 1876. The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance is held annually on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday. Sir Henry Wood’s Promenade Concerts, known affectionately as “The Proms”, have been held in the Hall since WW2. The Hall has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and the Miss World contest. As a sports venue, it has hosted tennis and boxing tournaments. Many ‘pop’ musicians have held concerts at the hall, most notably Eric Clapton who has ‘logged up’ over 200 appearances!
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