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The Royal Albert Hall Launches its 150th Anniversary With a 90-Second Tribute Narrated by Mick Jagger

Gabriella Ross

The government’s recent roadmap out of lockdown has awakened many in the arts, culture, heritage and tourism sector to open their booking lines for live shows, dust down their seats and build a sense of anticipation for arts and culture lovers across the land. 
 
One great national treasure, the Royal Albert Hall, has got even more to celebrate this year as it marks its 150th anniversary year. It launches its celebrations with a 90-second tribute to live music entitled Your Room Will Be Ready narrated by Mick Jagger, directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Harper (The Aeronauts, Wild Rose), and scored by Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price (Gravity, Fury).
 
The short film, which focuses on the anticipation and energy of live events, pairs images of the empty venue with more than 40 pieces of archive event footage from 1933 to the present, accompanied by Sir Mick reading from For Friends Only by W.H. Auden.  You can view it here
 
The film includes legendary moments in music history, alongside appearances from artists, athletes and activists. It contains previously unseen and unreleased footage of Chris Cornell, Jimi Hendrix, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as rarities including Diana Ross’ 1973 Hall debut, restored footage of Led Zeppelin’s now-legendary 1970 appearance, and Peter Whitehead’s film of The Rolling Stones’ 1966 headline show. Other clips include BBC Archive footage of Shirley Bassey, George Michael and Luciano Pavarotti, recently rediscovered material from a 23-year-old Jacqueline du Pré’s 1968 concert for the people of Czechoslovakia, and Albert Einstein speaking out against the Nazis in 1933. Freddie Mercury’s appearance at Fashion Aid 1985 features, alongside an excerpt from D.A. Pennebaker’s 1968 Bob Dylan documentary, Don’t Look Back.
 
Sir Mick said: 
“Without doubt the Royal Albert Hall is one of the greatest concert venues in
the world…I have some wonderful memories of performing there with the Stones in the 1960s when once or twice it did get a bit wild, with enthusiastic fans joining us onstage and almost bringing the show to an abrupt end – but we soldiered on and had a great time.”

 
Director Tom Harper said: 
“I have desperately missed live performance – there is
something electric and fundamentally human about the shared experience of being in a
room surrounded by other people, part of an audience…That is what this film is about; not only a celebration of performances from the Hall's glorious past, but also the sense of anticipation of some of the things to look forward to when we can be together again.”
 
The film is the first event of the Hall’s 150th anniversary celebrations, which will extend into 2022 and include major commissions from British artists, headline performances from music icons, and a series of showcases promoting the next generation of talent.  Stay tuned to culturecalling.com as we bring you more Royal Albert Hall events and ticket sales as soon as we hear about them.
 

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