5 Best Family Events to Book at The Royal Albert Hall

BBC Proms audience at the Royal Albert Hall
A packed Royal Albert Hall at a BBC Proms concert © Chris Christodoulou

Opened in 1871 to fulfil Prince Albert’s vision of a central hall to promote the arts and sciences, the Hall is a registered charity that remains true to his founding ambitions. It hosts over 400 events a year in its secondary space, the Elgar Room, and beyond, broadening the Hall’s appeal to incorporate younger and more diverse audiences.

Its Education & Outreach programme reaches more than 150,000 participants each year, working with schools, young people and the community, as well as other charities such as Music for Youth, as part of its extensive public benefit remit.

Their regular family strands like Storytelling take a break over the summer (whilst the proms happen) but make a note to go to one, they are a hot ticket in town.

Up family film screening 29 October 2016
Up family film screening as part of the Festival of Film
1. Family Screening of Up & Workshop on Saturday 29 October 2016 (Doors: 10:00am, 1:15pm, Starts: 10:30am, 1:30pm)

First up on the list is a Family film screening and workshop of the movie Up, read more here, which is part of The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film (27 October – 6 November) which celebrates the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s most stunning scores

The workshop will be led by musicians from the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach ensemble Albert’s Band. It will explore the film’s theme of going on an adventure to create new stories and music.

Tickets are available as an add-on after you have added tickets to the Family Film Screening of Up to your online basket, for just £6 per person.

All adults and children attending the workshop require a ticket, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop will run from 1.30pm – 3.00pm. The Film is rated certificate U. There is Unreserved theatre-style seating. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Duration: 96 minutes


2. INDEPENDENCE DAY LIVE ( FEATURING PRE-FILM TALK FROM DAVID ARNOLD) on Thursday 22 September 2016 (Doors: 6:15pm, Starts: 7:00pm)

Watch the movie Independence Day with Live Orchestra (12a) at this 20th anniversary show. The event kicks off with a pre-show talk from composer David Arnold, discussing his work scoring Independence DaySherlock, five 007 films and the London 2012 closing ceremony. Then the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, will take to the stage to provide live orchestral accompaniment to the movie on the big screen above.

The Film is rated certificate U, There is unreserved theatre-style seating, All children must be accompanied by an adult, Duration: 96 minutes

War Horse
War Horse illustration

3. War Horse: The Story in Concert (Thu 27 Oct) 

You will see the author take to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall to read his poignant, emotionally-charged novel, as the RPCO play a specially-arranged score by Adrian Sutton and John Tams, inspired by the music from the National Theatre’s hit West End production.

Published in 1982, the book was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book Award and became a beloved bestseller. It was turned into a hit National Theatre production in 2007, and then a hugely successful Steven Spielberg film four years later.

TICKETS : War Horse: The Story in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP, Thursday 27 October, 7:30pm, Tickets: £25-70, 020 7589 8212 / www.royalalberthall.com


4. My Great Orchestral Adventure, Age 3+ ( Wednesday 26 October 2016, Doors: 12:15pm, 3:45pm, Starts: 1:00pm, 4:30pm)

This half-term family concert is aimed at children aged 3+ as a first magical introduction to a symphony orchestra. It will feature music that includes everything from ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ to Wagner to Star Wars. 

The conductor of the orchestra has lost his baton and is very unhappy. Come join them on a magical adventure to try and find it and help bring happiness back to the orchestra. There will be singing, dancing and best of all, a full symphony orchestra to bring the adventure to life.

Under 3s can attend and need to buy a ticket if they require a seat. Babes in arms do not need to buy a ticket.


5. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in Concert ( Wednesday 28 December 2016, Doors: 1:15pm, 6:15pm, Starts: 2:00pm, 7:00pm)

Following Raiders of the Lost Ark and the four sell-out shows of  Jurassic Park screenings, this astonishing Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaboration will receive its Royal Albert Hall debut, with the legendary score played live on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert orchestra.

This film has been rated U. The film will feature full original dialogue, which will also be subtitled.