In October (2016) the Culture Club kids (and their driver/assistant/ chef AKA 'me') were invited to watch My Great Orchestral Adventure at the majestic Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington. I'm not overstating the fact when I promise you, it was our favourite musical adventure of the whole year. We totally LOVED it.
Here are some reasons why;
It is a treat to experience watching anything at The Royal Albert Hall. The beauty of the building commands a certain respect from everyone that walks towards it's Dome, and provokes a genuine excitement and anticipation of what you are about to watch. The fact that you can keep on walking around in a circle to find your seat, bumping into pleasant and happy staff, who will guide you the fastest route back to your allocated entrance just adds to the magic!
It seems, that all the seats have a great view of the stage and the action. We have seen a few things there in the past months, and being a family concierge, I have been known to have sleepless nights about the experience and view my clients will have during the performance. I think this will probably never change, but I do think you are almost 99% certain to have a great view here.
The entire production of My Great Orchestral Adventure is perfectly timed and produced. There wasn't a moment from beginning to end that the kids and I weren't just soaking up the atmosphere of other joyful kids jumping around, and relaxed parents kicking back. We were entertained by the brilliant sibling duo of Tom Redmond Chief Adventurer / Timothy Redmond Conductor and Master of Ceremonies (not forgetting wonderful singing from the London Youth Choir) throughout the show. The fact that Tim and Tom are brothers is somehow rather brilliant casting. They bring a fun and mischievious energy to the story, that manages to keep the story bouncing along, and it's no mean feat to entertain an entire audience at the Albert Hall, which they did effortlessly.
The show is built upon gentle interaction from the audience, who are asked to join in the conducting of the music, singing, dancing and to vote to decide the outcome of the story. Whilst doing this, Tom Redmond introduces us all the different sections of the symphony orchestra. The story goes, that the conductor has lost in baton, and the audience and the Chief Adventurer Tom, are taken on a journey through faraway lands and mythical places (with perfect music accompaniment of course) to try and find the baton, and bring happiness back to the orchestra. During the adventure we faced trolls and mermaids, and all needed to navigate the long thick wavy grass when we were going on a bear hunt.
My only tips for families booking for this years adventure, are to be sure to pack water, mint kendal cake and a flask of Americano coffee. The queues for the snacks in the interval are too long, and it's hard to find a table with your small ones, so come prepared, and why not grab some fresh air in the interval and try and count how many pigeon steps it takes you back to your seats. Surely you won't lose the kids that way then!
Here's a pic of the kids mucking about on our walk back through the park after the show! Booking details for October below, as well as a link to listen to the soundtrack.
Listen to the playlist on Spotify : Via 11 best-loved orchestral movements, movie soundtracks and some pieces you might not have heard before, the concert took kids from mythical places to faraway lands, and even outer space!
Oh no! The magnificent HMS Albert has been shipwrecked! Come with us on a magical adventure to a mysterious island, where we will build shelters, swim in the sea and meet some amazing characters along the way! You’ll help us decide what happens next by voting which way we should travel. We’ll be singing, dancing and best of all, a full symphony orchestra will bring our adventure to life.
Music will include:
Wagner Flying Dutchman Overture / John Williams Jurassic Park / Britten Storm from Four Sea Interludes / Stravinksy Infernal Dance from Firebird Suite / Klaus Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean / Stephens We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Tom Redmond Chief Adventurer / Timothy Redmond Conductor and Master of Ceremonies…plus the Royal Albert Hall’s very own Orchestra of Adventurers!
Book Here : Wednesday 25 October 2017 / Doors: 12:15pm, 3:45pm / Starts: 1:00pm, 4:30pm
- Under 3s can attend and need to buy a ticket if they require a seat. Babes in arms do not need to buy a ticket.
- 10% off tickets for groups of 10 or more in the Stalls, Circle and Arena areas. Bookable by calling 020 7589 8212 only. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like culture club to take care of your group booking.