Did you know…?
- 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.
- The hall was completed in 1871, and fulfilled Albert’s dream of being a premiere concert hall, hosting regular performances.
- 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.
- The acoustics inside the hall weren’t perfected until 1969, when fiberglass acoustic damping discs were suspended from the ceiling.
- The first Sumo wrestling tournament in the sport’s 1,500 year history was held in the Royal Albert Hall in 1991.