The venue will host this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, which represents the beginning of high-profile events to honour Her Majesty’s reign’s 70th anniversary. Featuring a repertoire by the great classical British composers such as Britten and Elgar, the performance will be hosted by BBC’s broadcaster Sophie Raworth, and will include apperances by special guests who will recount their experiences meeting the Monarch.
There’s no doubt that 2022 is bound to represent a turning point in our lives. It’s the time that (knock on wood) things are apparently going back to normal, when theatres are no longer restrained to welcome again their never-forgotten audiences… But with or without pandemic, it already had a special mark on some people’s calendars – particularly its protagonist’s. This year, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is turning 7 decades, and the beginning of its celebrations is just around the corner. Next week, the Royal Albert Hall will be hosting The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 70 years, a once-in-a-life concert (the first high-profile gig to honour this milestone), featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and hosted by BBC’s well-know broadcaster Sophie Raworth.
“The Royal Albert Hall holds a dear place in my heart”, says Raworth. “As a child I used to watch The Bach Choir Family Carols conducted by Sir David Willcocks. It is somewhere I’ve visited on many occasions, but this is the first time I will have hosted an evening from the stage. I’m absolutely honoured to be presenting one of the first Platinum Jubilee events and it’s certainly going to be a night to remember.”
The production will also be a celebration of British culture, featuring a repertoire by great national composers such as Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten and William Walton, all of which were played at her coronation in 1953 apart from other key moments of her life. Presented by the Armed Forces charity, the performance will include several special moments – with guest stars recounting their experiences meeting the Monarch, as well as mezzosoprano Laura Wright singing the country’s anthem. The show itself will reflect Her Majesty’s close relation with the venue too, as the RAH is the one she has visited the most – on 124 occasions, 105 of which as head of state.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 70 years will take place on Wednesday March 16th at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased on the following link.