Rick Wakeman's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, London, SW7 2AP
The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall situated on the northern edge of the South Kensington area, in the City of Westminster, London, England, best known for holding the annual summer Proms concerts since 1941. Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the world's leading artists from several performance genres have appeared on its stage and it has become one of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings. Each year it hosts more than 350 events including classical concerts, rock and pop, ballet and opera, sports, award ceremonies, school and community events, charity performances and banquets. The hall was originally supposed to have been called The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed by Queen Victoria to Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences when laying the foundation stone as a dedication to her deceased husband and consort Prince Albert. It forms the practical part of a national memorial to the Prince Consort - the decorative part is the Albert Memorial directly to the north in Kensington Gardens, now separated from the Hall by the road Kensington Gore.
South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines) and High Street Kensington (District and Circle Lines) are the closest Underground stations to the Hall. Walking to the Hall takes approximately 10 minutes from both stations.
London Victoria is the nearest National Rail train station.
The Royal Albert Hall is located in South Kensington, facing onto Hyde Park. The address is Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.
Black cabs can usually be hailed from Kensington Gore, outside the front of the building. GoGreenCar is an eco-friendly private-hire car service with a fleet of over 40 hybrid vehicles. They offer great service and style at competitive prices. For bookings, please call 020 7502 3670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
9 - Aldwych to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall. 10 - King's Cross Station to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall. 52 - Victoria to Willesden stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall. 70 - Acton to South Kensington, stopping on Queen's Gate, 2 minutes walk from the Hall. 360 - Elephant & Castle to the Hall, stopping on Prince Consort Road, 1 minute walk from the Hall. 452 - Wandsworth Road Station to Kensal Rise stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall.
Strict parking controls are in operation in the vicinity of the Hall. They offer some parking spaces at nearby Imperial College. Spaces are 8 pounds and must be booked in advance. Gates open from 6pm for evening shows and from 1pm for weekend matinees (please note you may be refused entry if you arrive before those times). Please note that parking is not available for weekday matinee performances. Entrances to the car park are on Prince Consort Road and Exhibition Road. (Sat Nav Postcode: SW7 2BX). Please note: Customers planning on driving to the Royal Albert Hall and parking in the local area are advised not to leave valuables in their car. The Royal Albert Hall has cloakroom facilities available. Customers are also advised that when entering the Imperial College car park they should not stop or wait on the double yellow lines.
Number of Steps
The Hall has many stepped entrances at Ground level. Ramped access is located at Doors 1, 3, 8, 9 and 12. Public lifts are located at Doors 1 and 8 and serve all levels from Basement to Gallery. The Arena Foyer bars can be accessed via a platform lift from the Basement level at Door 1.
Fourteen wheelchair spaces with adjacent companion seats are situated in the Stalls at Ground floor level. They have a limited number of chairs that can be elevated which may be used by customers seated at the back of the Stalls platforms who are able to transfer from their wheelchair. If you are interested in this facility, please speak to a Steward on arrival. There are also six wheelchair spaces in the Circle at sections P, R, V and X and four spaces within the unreserved standing area of the Gallery. Please note that due to the physical limitations of the circular shape of the auditorium, the spaces in the Circle are more suitable for customers with good upper body mobility.
The auditorium has an infra-red system with a number of personal headsets for use with or without hearing aids.
If you have a guide dog, the best place to sit in the Royal Albert Hall is in a Loggia or Second Tier Box, where your dog may stay with you. If you are sitting elsewhere, stewards will be happy to look after your dog while you enjoy the concert. Please call the Access Information Line on 020 7838 3110 to organise in advance of your visit.
General Access Info
For all access bookings and information, please call 020 7070 4410.
Doors Open: 7:15PM
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2014 sees the 40th anniversary of the release of Rick Wakeman's landmark concept album, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth based on the novel by Jules Verne.
Rick Wakeman and The Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra will celebrate this anniversary with a state of the art, dramatic, live arena presentation of this epochal, classical-rock crossover work touring the world. The first 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth' dates to be announced this week are in the UK:
Tues 29 April Birmingham NIA
Weds 30 April London Royal Albert Hall
Thurs 1 May Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sat 3 May Bournemouth Intl Centre
Sun 4 May Cardiff Arena
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday 1 July 2013.
Designed by Roger Dean, the creative mastermind behind the distinctive artwork of million-selling albums by Yes and Uriah Heep, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth is a must-see show, a thrilling spectacle for all the family, to rival blockbuster presentations like Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds and Roger Waters' touring production of Pink Floyd's The Wall.
This new live show is set to thrill the millions who grew up with the original album and the many film and TV adaptations of the novel, and introducing Wakeman, Dean and Verne to a new generation of concert-goers.
Rick Wakeman's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth has sold over 15million copies worldwide. It sits alongside the most successful concept albums of the rock era alongside The Beatles' Sgt Pepper, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell. Its release in 1974 was arguably the high watermark of the progressive rock genre, currently enjoying a well-documented revival, and hugely influential on the likes of Radiohead, Elbow and Muse.
2014 also marks the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne publishing the original, Voyage Au Centre De La Terre, the best loved of his fifty-four Voyages Extraordinaires novels which also included Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and Around The World In Eighty Days, timeless works that have been adapted time and again for the big screen.
More ambitious in scope than Six Wives it featured the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Choir, conducted by David Measham, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth was first performed and recorded live at London's Royal Festival Hall in January 1974. Issued three months later, its success defied everyone's expectations, including those of Wakeman's label. The album went on to enjoy gold and platinum sales across the globe. Wakeman also received an Ivor Novello Award for Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
For many years, the original conductor's score for Journey To The Centre Of The Earth was thought to have been lost, making any attempt to revive this seminal work impossible. However, in 2008, Wakeman took delivery of a box that arrived out of the blue from New Zealand. At the bottom, he found the original Journey To The Centre Of The Earth score that had suffered some water damage. With the help of conductor Guy Protheroe, he repaired and revisited the documented compositions and put them in a form that enabled him to celebrate its anniversary in an appropriate manner. Engaging the Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra and Choir as well as actor Peter Egan, best known for his role in the British sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles, he recorded a new version of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth at London's famed Abbey Road Studios. In November 2012, the expanded work was published in a fan-pack, together with a copy of the 1974 Royal Festival Hall concert programme, and became a collector's item.
The new live arena presentation of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth will commence touring in April 2014, with over 100 dates planned around the world. The first outing will focus on a gala showcase date at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 30th April 2014.
The live arena show will present the narrative and music over a two-hour performance with interval. Rick Wakeman with appear with his electric band, The Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra and Choir and narrator. Wakeman has combined the original and revised material with Return To The Centre Of The Earth, the sequel he recorded in 1999, thus creating an even more compelling story and spectacular show. Return To The Centre Of The Earth enjoyed extraordinary success in 2006 when Wakeman, accompanied by an orchestra and a choir, presented the work at the Plains Of Abraham, in Quebec City. Incorporating screen projections as well as a battery of fireworks and special effects, the son et lumire extravaganza reunited him with his Yes colleague, the vocalist Jon Anderson, and attracted a sold-out audience of 50,000 music fans.
The new Journey To The Centre Of The Earth show will include state-of-the-art graphics and jaw-dropping visuals by Dean, to be projected on huge screens and backdrops at every venue. Internationally renowned for the fantasy landscapes and eye-catching logos he created for Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep, Dean is responsible for all of the graphics and designs and is also Creative Director for the stage presentation.
Ahead of the live outing, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth will be trailed in a ten-minute calling-card format with Wakeman, the band, orchestra, choir and full on-screen Roger Dean visuals at every arena performance of The Night Of The Proms in Europe in November and December 2013. The Night Of The Proms is Europe's biggest live music indoor event and includes over 25 arena dates across Greater Germany, Holland and Belgium, playing to a combined audience of over 300,000 every year. The concept of presenting a live trailer in arenas prior to its extended major outing is a live sector first, and commensurate with the multi-media, big spectacle appeal of 'Journey to the Centre Of The Earth'.
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