Over 2,500 singers from our AC Academy projects will miss performing together at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 3 June but that’s not going to stop us singing!
We’re creating our very own version of AC Academy Does the Royal Albert Hall – virtually – so we can all get together and sing our hearts out from our own living rooms. Our professional singers, AC Academy Scholars and choir leaders will all feature on a background of our previous performances from the world’s most iconic concert hall.
There will be an EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE for performers, schools and families on Wednesday 3 June at 2pm and 7pm, and why not make an evening of it on Friday 5 June when AC Academy Does the Virtual Royal Albert Hall goes live to the nation at 7pm, brought together in partnership with Arts Council England and Music Hubs around the UK.
But that’s not all, we’re making it part of a whole Virtual Festival Week (1 – 5 June)
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Here’s what’s on during the Festival Week:
Throughout the week there will be live Sing N Shine sessions with Patrick for children and young people (daily at 10am). They’re open to everyone via YouTube and Patrick will take you through the songs you’ll be singing at AC Academy Does the Virtual Royal Albert Hall.
We’ll have singing workshops for our Voice Squad workplace choirs; and twice daily Sing With Simon sessions for our Voice Squads in retirement villages and care homes. We will also be launching a brand new programme ‘Unlocking Musical Memories’ which will see our musicians perform specific sessions for those suffering with dementia, working in partnership with organisations across the UK.
At 6pm each evening, grab a drink and settle in for a Question & Answer interview with some of the fantastic performers we love working with: actor Mark Williams (known to millions as Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter) Father Brown (BBC), international baritone Roderick Williams, wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke and celebrated composer and conductor John Rutter, as well as a crafty beer with Christopher Monks and senior AC Academy leaders at 6pm on Friday.
So do join us from Monday 1 June for a fantastic Festival Week and let’s raise the roof of a virtual Royal Albert Hall.