Five facts about The Royal Albert Hall

July 3, 2017

Did you know…?

  1. The original name of the Royal Albert Hall was to be “The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences” until it was changed to honour Prince Albert.
  2. The hall was completed in 1871, and fulfilled Albert’s dream of being a premiere concert hall, hosting regular performances.
  3. The design of the hall was based on the Coliseum in Rome. However, the building is not actually circular, but more of an oval shape.
  4. The acoustics inside the hall weren’t perfected until 1969, when fiberglass acoustic damping discs were suspended from the ceiling.
  5. The first Sumo wrestling tournament in the sport’s 1,500 year history was held in the Royal Albert Hall in 1991.


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