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Happy birthday Royal Albert Hall

7 September 2021

The Royal Albert Hall celebrated its 150th birthday in June, with a high-profile concert that also featured eight pupils from Westminster City School.

Our pupils, then in Year 7, had been working hard to learn the music for Royal Albert Hall 150th Anniversary: A Circle of Sound concert, which was the prestigious venue’s first full-capacity event since March 2020.

This anniversary concert saw David Arnold, most famous for his James Bond scores, create a musical snapshot of the Hall’s unique history, with a new ten-movement work. Special guests (including Michael Sheen, Nicola Adams, Brian Cox, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Charles Dance) were also on hand to present readings about each movement by writers Neil Gaiman, Jack Thorne, Dorian Lynskey and Joe Penhall.

Our Westminster City School pupils joined other local choirs, schools and community groups at the concert, to demonstrate the importance of our community, following this period of turmoil caused by the global pandemic.

Mr Cecile, from our Music Department, helped our young people prepare for their performance and accompanied them to rehearsals and the final concert. He said: “Our young people worked hard for many weeks to learn the music by legendary composer David Arnold. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our performers, who are some of the first children in the country to perform to such a large audience in 18 months. They did incredibly well and I was very proud.”

The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington. One of the UK’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, it was first opened by Queen Victoria in 1871 and is now the venue for the Proms concerts, as well as hundreds of other shows and events each year.

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