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  1. As @rough cut observes, ticket holders are not usually asked for ID when entering the Royal Albert Hall (I have certainly never been asked on the numerous occasions I have visited). If your ticket is genuine and not duplicated, I think all you would have to worry about is hoping that the ticket scans correctly when you enter the building. On a small number of occasions my e-tickets have not scanned properly - through no fault of my own - in which case I have been directed to the ticket office at door 12 where the tickets have been reprinted on presentation of the credit card I used to make the booking and / or confirmation of my account details. It is true that tickets for the Royal Albert Hall should not be transferred or resold and strictly speaking you are supposed to ok it with them even if you want to transfer the ticket to a friend or family member. That said, last year I had tickets for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone live in concert and was unable to attend the performance I had bought tickets for when my football team unexpectedly reached the end-of-season play-offs and the first leg clashed with the concert. I gave my concert tickets to a friend and she was admitted without any problems, despite her being of a different gender and ethnic background than I am. On a general security-related point, following the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester last year, security at the Royal Albert Hall has been much tighter, so expect bag searches and to be asked to leave your bag at the cloakroom near door 9 after you go in. It costs £1 per item so it would be worth having some change on you if you are bringing a bag.
  2. The London Philharmonic Orchestra ( and the Philharmonia ( are two of the top five professional symphony orchestras based in London (the others being the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra). Both the LPO and the Philharmonia give most of their London concerts at the Royal Festival Hall while the LSO and BBCSO are based at the Barbican, while the RPO gives most of its concerts at Cadogan Hall or the Royal Albert Hall. There are of course many other brilliant chamber orchestras, professional and semi-professional orchestras in a city the size of London, e.g. the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Covent Garden Sinfonia and others. The National Philharmonic Orchestra no longer exists. It was put together by Charles Gerhardt and Sidney Sax exclusively as a recording orchestra, although I believe it did give a few concerts in the Filmharmonic series back in the day. It drew its players from all of the different London orchestras; the nearest modern equivalent in that regard would be the John Wilson Orchestra.
  3. The Official Jerry Thread

    This has always been my favourite Far Side cartoon because it is so true to life. I am that guy in the middle seat.
  4. What are you drinking tonight?

    That's funny, because the English word Hull has the exact same meaning.
  5. The SPORTS Thread.

    Of course (it was the 2011-12 season). As amazing as that finish was however, I would argue that the greatest finish to a season - albeit in the days before the Premier League - was when Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield in 1989 to pip them to the championship with almost the last kick of the season. What made it more memorable than the Man City title win was that the two teams with a chance of winning the title were playing each other in the very last game (I am sure that as a Gooner you know all this already, Richard). Arsenal had to win by two clear goals to snatch the title from Liverpool on goal difference. No team had beaten Liverpool by two clear goals at Anfield for three years...
  6. The SPORTS Thread.

    If I might field this one, both Leeds United and Barnsley are in Yorkshire and therefore have some local rivalry, although Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire while Barnsley is a town in South Yorkshire so they are technically now in different counties. Leeds has traditionally been a much bigger and better supported club than Barnsley, playing in the top division (now the Premier League) for much of its history while Barnsley has usually played its football in the lower divisions. They have only played each other regularly in the last ten years or so, during which time Barnsley has had a good run of victories against their bigger local rivals, especially in their home games at Oakwell. That said, Leeds did beat Barnsley 2-0 away in their only meeting so far this season. Moreover, the head to head record between the two clubs throughout their history is actually fairly even. They have played each other 60 times in League or FA Cup games with Leeds winning 23 times and Barnsley 20, the rest being draws. By far the biggest rivalry for Leeds United fans is with Manchester United, although it is not really reciprocated - most Man U fans would cite Liverpool as their main rivals. Similarly, Barnsley's biggest rivals are its fellow South Yorkshire clubs Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United. I guess the meme is really pointing out that little Barnsley has been getting the better of massive Leeds often enough in recent seasons to get under the skins of the Leeds fans.
  7. John Williams YouTube tributes thread

    Watch until the end.
  8. The Photography Thread

    The bird in the third photo looks like a redwing. I have only ever seen them when there has been heavy snow.
  9. Jaws vs. Jurassic Park

    Is that because you find the score rather corny?
  10. Saturday Night at the Movies

    The radio programme starts now over at
  11. Saturday Night at the Movies

    Here is a little bit about the author Jennifer Nelson from the Amazon UK page:
  12. Saturday Night at the Movies

    For the last couple of weeks Classic FM has been plugging a new book by Jennifer Nelson entitled Saturday Night at the Movies, exploring famous composer / director partnerships such as Williams & Spielberg and Herrmann & Hitchcock. I have absolutely no idea if it is any good or not (it is published on 1st March 2018 under the Classic FM umbrella) but as we know, literary works featuring John Williams are few and far between. I might well pick this up. The cover is not all that interesting, but who cares what picture it is? In related news, David Mellor's programme between 7 and 9 p.m. on Classic FM this evening is dedicated to John Williams, so will be worth a listen; it is also available online at the Classic FM website.
  13. It is a rare treat to hear an interview where both the interviewer and the interviewee really know their onions; this is one such example. Thank you @mahler3 and @Erik Woods and Mike Matessino!
  14. I am feeling strangely envious of those of you who will be experiencing a concert at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time. By modern standards the building is too big for a concert hall, acousticians will tell you there are too many seats, some parts of the circle have restricted views, the sound of some sections of the orchestra can get lost depending on where you are sitting, the ladies usually have to queue for the toilets in the interval, etc. etc. Yet despite all that, the place just has a sense of magic and a character that far outweigh its few shortcomings as a concert hall. It is such a magnificent building, built by the Victorians who did things like this properly. Although I have been there dozens of times, I never fail to feel a growing sense of excitement when I first glimpse the building as I walk through Kensington Gardens to a concert. When you walk inside the building it is as if the music of all the great musicians who have performed there over the years has permeated its very walls, like the prayers of generations of the devout in our great cathedrals. The hall's circular shape also makes it a surprisingly intimate venue - you can turn your head away from the stage and clearly see the faces of most of your fellow concertgoers as if you were all sitting round a table to celebrate some special family occasion. There are other concert halls where the sound, the view and the facilities might be superior, but I can think of no better place than the Royal Albert Hall in which to see John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra perform.
  15. The Quick Question Thread

    Your question is only silly if you are asking if the concert starts on 30th June and finishes on 6th July, as that would be quite tiring for the orchestra. If you are asking if there is a concert on any of those dates, however, then you are in luck my friend! The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic will be giving a concert entitled John Williams at the Oscars at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 30th June. The RLPO is one of the country's great orchestras so it should be good. Details are here.