Royal Albert Hall – 150th Birthday – David Arnold’s ‘A Circle of Sound’

As we already told you before (read more), the Royal Albert Hall is celebrating 150 years in 2021 (29.03.1871 – 29.03.2021) and is doing it with a very special program full of events and concerts, bringing together generations for an epic musical journey.

Royal Albert Hall - 150th Birthday - David Arnold’s ‘A Circle of Sound’


On Monday, July 19, 2021, a very special commission created by composer David Arnold and performed by the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and students from the Tri-borough Music Hub, will have its world premiere: ‘A Circle of Sound’, a 10-movement concert.


Special guests of the event will include Melanie C, Michael Sheen, Nicola Adams, Brian Cox, Claudia Winkleman, Jess Gillam, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Charles Dance, LionHeart, Eden Tikare, Jemma Redgrave, and Helen Pankhurst, who will join David Arnold on stage to present readings about each movement penned by writers Neil Gaiman, Jack Thorne, Dorian Lynskey, and Joe Penhall.


The culmination of over a year’s work, this commission celebrates the story of the Royal Albert Hall – from the seed of the idea, through construction and the unforgettable events and social movements that the Hall has hosted, from the suffragettes to Chelsea Arts Club Balls, from Einstein and Stephen Hawking to sporting legends, from classical to rock and pop, ‘A Circle of Sound’ celebrates the remarkable history of the nation’s village hall.


The concert in 10 movements:

  1. A Vision in Blazing Brick (7’30)

Albert’s vision, the construction and opening of the Hall

presented by David Arnold


  1. The Light that Shines on Strangers (7’)

Community and charity work

presented by Sanjeev Bhaskar

feat. LionHeart and Eden Tikare

  1. The Good of the Game (7’)

The essence of sport at the Hall

presented by Nicola Adams


  1. The Drums Beat Out the Message (6’)

Celebrating a diverse range of popular music

presented by Melanie C


  1. Let Us Through the Guarded Gate (8’30)

The Suffragettes and their history at the Hall

presented by Helen Pankhurst

feat. Jemma Redgrave


  1. Shall We Dance? (6’)

Galas, ballets, and Balls

presented by Claudia Winkleman


  1. We Dare, We Dream, We Do (7’30)

Science, technology, and innovation

presented by Brian Cox


  1. Dance of the Promenaders (7’)

Classical music at the home of the BBC Proms

presented by Jess Gillam


  1. Our Mortal Memories (6’45)

Wartime and remembrance

presented by Charles Dance


  1. River of Lights (6’30)

Looking forward to our next 150 years

presented by Michael Sheen




Promotional video (short):


Promotional video (long):


Interview with David Arnold: