Outing to Classical Spectacular 17th March 2022

Our coach was early waiting for the passengers to arrive.  All the party were on time and we set off to pick 4 more up at Witney.  The glorious afternoon was inviting a coach journey to take place.  Both of our journeys were very smooth and only taking 2 hours each way.  Arriving in London there was plenty of time to wander in Kensington Park, walk to Kensington High Street or sit in the café for a bite to eat.

The Hall is currently celebrating 150 years of being ‘the nation’s village hall’!  Our seats were positioned very nicely in the theatre and the performance commenced on time.  For those who had not seen the show before and with the laser lights and fireworks found it quite an amazing experience. 

Out of respect for the unfolding circumstances in Ukraine the 1812 Overture was replaced by Holst’s Jupiter, “The Bringer of Jollity”.

Taking part were The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, The London Chorus. Tenor Timothy Richards, Soprano IIona Domnich and Special guest Narcin Patrzalek. The conductor was John Rigby.  The music included popular pieces such as Grand March from Aida, Hallelujah Chorus, Benedictus from the Armed Man, Nimrod and Bolero. Also, Nessun Dorma, Land of Hope and Glory, Hornpipe, Rule Britannia with the audience waving flags! and the Classical Spectacular Indoor Firework Finale followed by the release of red, white and blue balloons which the audience had pleasure in popping.

It was announced that this is the last time the Classic Spectacular will be performed at The Royal Albert Hall, a new venue was not announced but we do hope that it will be within easy travelling distance so that we can go again!

A truly Spectacular evening.  Pam

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