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Royal Albert Hall
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Monday 18 July 2011
Two entire blocks of stalls and at least a third of the arena had been commandeered by the children’s choruses and four brass bands, each with its own timpanist; the combined BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Concert Orchestras sported 15 percussion players between them and the phalanx of choruses including the LSO, Brighton, Huddersfield, and Bach Choir rose either side of the organ like something out of Gormenghast.
Sunday 17 July 2011
You couldn't see the Lone Ranger for dust - and I doubt we've ever heard the most famous gallop in music despatched with such fleet-footed (or should that be hooved) panache.
Sunday 17 July 2011
Wednesday 06 July 2011
Thursday 30 June 2011
Monday 20 June 2011
"I don't always get a chance to do this like this," says the much-accomplished Alicia Keys, as she proudly looks out into the Royal Albert Hall, with just her piano and more than 5,000 audience members for company.
Monday 13 June 2011
He's introduced to us as a 17-year-old who sleeps on the beach and sings songs of "seagulls, freedom and young love".
Sunday 12 June 2011
Wednesday 25 May 2011
The second, semi-ironic burst of Monkeemania, caused by the reformation of the "Prefab Four" in 1986, is itself a nostalgic memory now. These days, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork get back together every few years on some pretext or other – the band's 45th anniversary this time. (Mike Nesmith, the richest, most talented ex-Monkee, appeared in 1996 and then left them to it.) All the contradictions in their strange career play out precisely tonight.
Monday 23 May 2011
"This is like walking into my front room," jokes old Slowhand, as he strolls on to the wide, rug-covered stage of arguably the UK's most prestigious venue for the first gig of an 11-night residency.
Friday 13 May 2011
Tuesday 10 May 2011
Nitin Sawhney is not one for the spotlight. Sitting stage right at the Royal Albert Hall, playing wondrous melody lines on his acoustic guitar as a series of singers belt out lead vocals next to him, he looks like just another member of the band; in reality, he is so much more.
Monday 02 May 2011
"Nothing ruins comedy like arenas," sings Tim Minchin in his opening number.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
"I always hoped that someone would listen, but I never thought all of you would," says the Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green (a city and a colour, to explain his recording name), as he thanks the crowd for listening to a song he wrote when he was 17, "Like Knives".
Friday 22 April 2011
Swaggering onto the stage sporting a buccaneer's waistcoat, Chris de Burgh initially looks like he watched his Pirates of the Caribbean DVDs a little too closely when penning his latest (and 18th) album – 2010's Moonfleet & Other Stories.
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