Royal Albert Hall launches #RoyalAlbertHome to stream season of free shows

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright / credit: Matthew Welch

Iconic London venue to stream shows from the living rooms of Rufus Wainwright, Alfie Boe, Roddy Woomble and more

Music venues and concert halls around the world are doing everything they can to keep audiences connected with their favourite artists while we navigate the effects of COVID-19. While some artists are hosting their own virtual gigs on social media channels, some venues have organised full all-day gigs and special concerts that fans can stream from the comfort of their homes. The latest venue to open its virtual doors is London's iconic Royal Albert Hall, who have just announced a programme of exclusive shows direct from artists' living rooms.

#RoyalAlbertHome will kick off on Thu 9 Apr with singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright, who will play some songs from his home in LA. Other gigs announced for the opening week include celebrated tenor Alfie Boe, indie sensation Baxter Dury and Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble, as well as singer-songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson, spoken word act Toby Thompson and cellist Peter Gregson, known for his reinterpretations of Bach.

Next week, Hard-Fi frontman Richard Archer and vocalist Krysten Cummings will perform Hard-Fi hits alongside songs from their new collaboration, OffWorld. As part of the programme, there will also be at-home versions of shows at the Hall that have had to be cancelled, including an enhanced screening of the hit British comedy-drama, Brassed Off on Wed 15 Apr, a performance of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns conducted by Moritz Gnann and performed by Isata Kanneh-Mason and Eldbjørg Hemsing (Sat 18 Apr), and Sea Shambles, which brings Robin Ince, Dr Helen Czerski and Steve Backshall together with a host of special guests (Sun 17 May). Audiences can expect a further programme of family matinees which will include classical music, opera and jazz concerts for kids presented by performers from the venue's in-house group, Albert's Band.

Speaking of #RoyalAlbertHome, Rufus Wainwright said: 'When push comes to shove, the Royal Albert Hall is my favourite venue in the UK. It is the perfect mix of both formal and fun. It is grand and intimate at the same time. Also it is where my mother Kate McGarrigle did her last concert in 2009. I am proud to be one of the first artists to give a Royal Albert Home concert from my home in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles.'

Alfie Boe added: 'In this difficult time for all I hope to bring some joy to everyone's homes and raise some money to help preserve one of my favourite venues. Let's have a good old sing-along!'

Full Listings:

Rufus Wainwright
Thu 9 Apr, 8.15pm
Peter Gregson
Fri 10 Apr, 7.30pm
Alfie Boe
Sun 12 Apr, 7.30pm
Richard Archer and Krysten Cummings
Mon 13 Apr, 7.30pm
Roddy Woomble
Tue 14 Apr, 7.30pm
Brassed Off (enhanced screening)
Wed 15 Apr, 7.30pm
Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Thu 16 Apr, 8.15pm
Baxter Dury
Fri 17 Apr, 9pm
Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saens
Sat 18 Apr, 7.30pm
Toby Thompson
Wed 22 Apr, 7.30pm
Sea Shambles
Sun 17 May, 7pm

For full programme details, visit More shows will be announced soon.

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Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Venues don't come much more iconic than the Royal Albert Hall, which since its opening in 1871 has been the most prestigious concert hall in Britain. For a long time, its cavernous acoustic prompted the joke that it was the only place where a British…