Many moons ago, when my wife and I moved from Liverpool to London ( 1972), we lived just off the Bayswater Road in Westbourne Terrace. Having little cash we used to attend the RAH and sit in the cheap seats. Well, actually we sat on the floor in the Gods. The first time we heard the 1812 we did not realise that we were sitting literally amongst the cannon. We could hear hissing but chose to ignore it as we were in raptures over the music. Suddenly, the cannon exploded and we nearly collapsed with fright ! We then used to shin over the railings and walk back to our flat through Hyde Park. Those were the days.
However it did not put us off and we enjoyed many concerts for I think 40p (age may have played tricks but it was very little). Those times in the RAH gave us a lifetime love of classical music and as we have moved back to the Wirral we attend the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (when open) on a regular basis and of course we still go to concerts at the RAH whist enjoying a break in London.
We love the Royal Albert Hall and once back to 'normal' intend to visit on a regular basis.
Congratulations on the 150th anniversary and as it's our 50th wedding anniversary this June it means we have been attending for a third of it's life.
Barbara and John Kidd
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