Special Event

A Classical Gala

Sun 22 May 2022
Royal Albert Hall, London

Experience the very best of classical music in celebration of “Britain’s most successful living classical impresario” (Spectator), Raymond Gubbay CBE and his long association with the Royal Albert Hall.

For decades, Raymond has delighted audiences with world famous productions, from Swan Lake in-the-round to Madam Butterfly, featuring a Japanese water garden. Now, join us to honour his legacy in a gala concert full of audience favourites, compèred by ITV’s Good Morning Britain presenter, broadcaster and Classic FM host Charlotte Hawkins.

This celebratory concert will include a special performance of the iconic cygnets from Swan Lake, starring English National Ballet dancers Francesca Velicu, Emilia Cadorin, Adriana Lizardi, and Haruhi Otani, and bring together famous classical works from opera and stage, by composers such as Gershwin, Sondheim, Ravel, Elgar, Verdi and more.

Organist Anna Lapwood will close the show performing the finale of Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony.

BBC Concert Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Barry Wordsworth conductor
Charlotte Hawkins compère
Frank Dupree pianist
Anna Lapwood organist
Susan Bullock soprano
Raymond Gubbay special guest
Artists of English National Ballet

Raymond will also be signing copies of his autobiography, Lowering The Tone & Raising The Roof, at Door 6 after the show. The autobiography tells the story of his rise, featuring encounters with Miles Davis, Diana, Princess of Wales, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

Presented by the Royal Albert Hall