One of my Christmas presents last year was a trip to see the Classical Spectacular at The Royal Albert Hall in London in March… I was extremely excited about this as I had never been before and it always looks such a stunning venue when you see it on television!
We decided to get a hotel and make a weekend of it, so we booked to stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Kensington, which was only a short distance from the venue. It was a comfortable hotel and the food and the service were both very good.
We arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in plenty of time and were soon shown to our box for the performance. I had never booked a box at the theatre before so it felt very luxurious… and the view of the stage was fantastic!
The venue filled up and the concert began. I’ll be honest – I don’t know that much about classical music but there were a number of pieces I recognised, some of which I knew quite well. All the musicians, singers, soloists and dancers were absolutely outstanding, and the performance overall was so amazing that I was gripped right from the start. The atmosphere throughout was lively and fun and the rest of the audience were clearly enjoying it as much as I was.
We had pre-ordered food for the interval and it was delivered to our box. There was plenty of it – we had ordered a mixture of savoury and sweet – and it was absolutely delicious! After eating, we settled back into our comfortable seats for the second half.
The second half was even more rousing than the first and many of the pieces were familiar to me (which surprised me a little I have to say). My favourites were definitely Jerusalem and Nessun Dorma, both of which made me feel just a little emotional!
The grand finale was Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, an exciting piece which was accompanied by an impressive light display and canon-fire – it was a sensational way to end a ‘Spectacular’ performance in the beautiful and iconic Royal Albert Hall!