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“Space Spectacular - what an Experience”
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Royal Albert Hall
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Grand Tour of The Royal Albert Hall in London
Ranked #18 of 802 Sights & Landmarks in London
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Opened in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. It is also one of London’s most iconic and visited tourist attractions. Over the years, it has been the scene of over 150,000 performances; from Wagner to Sinatra, The Beatles to Beyonce, Muhammad Ali to Adele, and is home to the celebrated BBC Proms. Whilst the venue is most famous for its shows by night, by day this treasured building is open for coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and guided tours of the building. Tip for tour ticket holders: Enjoy a 10% discount on items in the Hall’s gift shop and Cafe Bar.
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Friends arranged tickets as a birthday gift for me and by the end of the evening I could not thank them enough. We all had a fabulous experience. The music selection was superb, the orchestra fantastic and as for the laser lights and fireworks well they lived up to the event, as they were truly out of this world. The RAH is a fabulous building and would recommend everyone to visit at some stage in their lives. But the Space Spectacular evening was so enjoyable. The music produced by the RPO under conductor Anthony Inglis was an experience to last a lifetime. A most wonderful concert from start to finish, what an evening's entertainment. Yes, it was Out Of The World.

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Reviewed 22 June 2015

For such an iconic building in London, I did not want the awful smell of popcorn hit me as I walked in through the main entrance, its not a cinema.

We were asked by a member of the RAH team about our thoughts on catering, seating etc so we made it known about the popcorn needs to go.

The loggia box was superb for the Space Spectacular concert, the music was excellent provided by the Philharmonic Orchestra with the very witty Anthony Inglis as the Conductor. The laser show was excellent and the fireworks were great too.

Thank Stuart B
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

think you wouldn't like classical music, if you like sci fi films you should go, surprise yourself and experience something fantastic.

we come to the classical spectacular as well, brilliant!!!!

Thank Lee F
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

For an event that wasn't heavily advertised, the hall was packed full. And rightly so, the event was - getting the last of the cliches out of the way - out of this world.

The only jarring parts were the hammy voiceovers by the conductor (Darth Vader and ET impersonations) but these didn't detract from the overall performance.

Opening with Zarathursta from 2001 and then straight into the main theme from Star Wars, with lasers and pyrotechnics galore, it was clear that this was going to be a special night. And if it leaned heavily on John Williams (ET, Superman, the amazing suite from Close Encounters), who could argue with the sheer range and vision of his music?

There was also a nod to the past in the shape of the main theme from Things To Come, and a gorgeous rendition of the opening theme from Battlestar Galactica. Less impressive was the fanfare from Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the Blue Danube, the former due to it being a (comparatively) dull piece, the latter because the Orchestra seemed to switch into jukebox mode, and took it a little too fast (it's a waltz, not a gavotte...)

More welcome was the inclusion of Jupiter and Mars from Holst's Planets suite and the incredible Duel of the Fates - played by the orchestra for the first time - left everybody breathless. Not least of all the brass section who must have been in respiratory acidosis by the end of the evening.

The Thunderbirds theme had the audience doing the countdown - a nice touch - and the evening was signed off with the full closing titles from Star Wars. Throw in the Forest Battle from Return of the Jedi, Across the Stars from Attack of the Clones and the Imperial March,and it's clear that the audience seriously got their money's worth.

All in all, a fantastic, fantastic event, played by an orchestra who were patently enjoying every second.

Thank Anthony O
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

fantastic musical concert for all trekkies, brilliant light show and even better, listening to the Royal Phil

Thank Shirley S
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