AWC's May Monthly Meeting Strikes a Chord
Our May gathering at the Royal Albert Hall received much applause from members. In addition to a generous buffet lunch, attendees were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the magnificent 5,200-seat concert hall — all on the house.
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings. Tour guides took us through backstage hallways lined with vintage posters of The Beatles and other legendary performers, and then upstairs to see the best seats in the house: The Queen's royal box. Afterward we learned a quick history lesson about the Hall, from its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871 to the present, as well as its important role as a registered charity dedicated to preserving and promoting the arts.
In 2021, in conjunction with the Royal Albert Hall's 150th anniversary, the institution plans to launch a new 501(c)3 non-profit, Royal Albert Hall America, to strengthen Anglo-American ties, allow Americans to make tax-deductible donations, and broaden opportunities to engage with artists and exclusive events in the UK and America.
Thanks to Anne Kollar, Director of Club Meetings, for organizing another outstanding event. Bravo!
Click here to view an interactive "Who's Who" of famous artists who've conducted or performed on stage at the Hall. From Sir Colin Davis to Dame Shirley Bassey to the Dali Lama and Yo Yo Ma.
See the BBC Proms 2019 / Royal Albert Hall guide to learn more about the world's largest classical music concert series. Tickets for July and August concerts are now on sale.