LONDON – On a whim I headed to the Royal Albert Hall to go and listen to the Proms last weekend.
I arrived pretty late. My friend was already in the queue near the door but I had to go to the back of the line where they give you a number. It helps staff at the Royal Albert Hall gauge the expected crowd size and it lets the visitor know whether tickets are available. There was a long line. But after waiting for about 30 minutes I was ushered in and got my £5 ticket. Cheap as chips.
At each evening of the Proms, there are 1400 ‘promming’ tickets on sale i.e. tickets for the gallery and the arena. I’ve sat in the arena before and although you typically get a good view, it’s tough on the legs. So when my friend suggested we go to the gallery, I was up for it.
And this is what you can expect to find. People picnicking. They bring blankets, pillows and plenty of food. It’s quite amusing. But we got into the spirit of things with our blankie and chocolate.
In case you didn’t know, the Proms is an eight week summer festival of daily orchestral classical music concerts. The theme for our evening was film soundtracks!! It was pretty cool. Makes me realise that some of the best music today is coming out of Hollywood.
Bottom line: certainly worth a visit to the Royal Albert Hall during Prom season. Great music at prices for all. Sadly tonight’s the last night. Until next year.