ENTERTAINMENT — 03 October 2013

Composer John Barry, who died in 2011

Staff writer

This Friday, October 4, the Royal Albert Hall is launching Friendship Matinee as part of its charitable remit to offer increased access to the arts to the local community. 

Tickets for the concert have been on sale at discounted ticket price of just £5 exclusively for charities and those supported by community and voluntary groups in the local area.

One of the largest community groups to be attending is the London Irish Centre who will be bringing approximately 80 members.

Friendship Matinee consists of a one-off performance held annually for people of all ages who otherwise would not get an opportunity to visit the world famous venue. This year’s show, taking place on 4th October at 3pm, will be the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s  ‘The Very Best of John Barry’, a special performance paying homage to the late great film composer, featuring many of his famous scores including the James Bond theme.

Commenting on the new initiative, Lucy Noble, Head of Programming and Education at the Royal Albert Hall said: “Prince Albert’s legacy was to offer access to the arts and we’re staying true to this with Friendship Matinee. We’re committed to providing opportunities for those who wouldn’t normally get the chance to visit the venue and are thrilled to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on board for the first show. We hope as many charities, local community groups and organisations are able to get involved as possible.”

Close to 1,500 people are expected to attend the launch of the Royal Albert Hall’s first Friendship Matinee.

Visit www.royalalberthall.com for more.

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