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Royal Albert Hall
Founded 150 years ago, Royal Albert Hall is one of London's oldest and most renowned entertainment venues. Located in South Kensington, the hall is home to more than 400 shows a year and hosts charity events, banquets, award ceremonies and sports events. The building is also the venue for BBC Proms concerts.
The Royal Albert Hall was designed by the architect Henry Cole, who based his design on the Coliseum in Rome. It is also named after Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. Albert had a vision of building a large building to accommodate the sciences and arts. He died of typhoid fever before the construction of the hall started, so Cole re-started the project.
Royal Albert Hall is located in South Kensington, London, adjacent to the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious concert venues in the world. It is also the site of the Films in Concert series. The first concert in the Hall took place in March 1871. A blunder made the first performance a flop. Royal Albert Hall suffered from echo problems until 1969. Various engineers tried to fix the problem, but they were unsuccessful. In the 1960s, the building was equipped with fibreglass acoustic diffusing discs to help improve the acoustics of the building. These discs are sometimes referred to as "mushrooms."
The hall is a Grade I listed building, meaning it is listed as a historical building that has significant value. The hall has undergone several renovations between 1996 and 2004. The renovations improved the auditorium's ventilation and sightlines. It also included a new south porch and a ground floor box office. The restoration also included a beautiful tympanum.
The RAH has a large organ at the front of the hall. The current organ has 147 stops. The pipes are wide, and they weigh 150 tonnes. They are considered to be the best in the world. The hall is surrounded by a domed roof, which weighs 338 tonnes of iron and 279 tons of glazing. The dome is about 20,000 square feet in size and is the largest unsupported glass dome in the world.
The hall has two large water tanks. Each tank holds 4,000 gallons of water. The tanks are used for shows that require flooded floors. The roof of the hall was hit several times by bombs during World War II. The roof was painted black.
The Royal Albert Hall is owned and operated by a charity. The hall is used to host a wide range of events, including orchestral concerts, film soundtracks, banquets, award ceremonies and sports meetings. There are also school events and charity events at the hall.
The Royal Albert Hall was originally designed to hold 30,000 people. However, the hall later reduced in size to 7,000 due to lack of financial aid. It is now the home of the BBC Proms series and has been host to many important events since its opening.
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