Bryn Terfel announces 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall
15 April, 2014
Legendary Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will celebrate his 50th birthday on the world’s most famous stage, with a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall featuring his favourite music, from Mozart to show tunes.
The one-off performance on 20 October 2015 will see the Grammy Award-winning singer mark his half-century in style with a return to the iconic venue in which he first appeared 30 years earlier.
Bryn said: "I'm thrilled to be celebrating my 50th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall, a venue that has held such rich memories for me throughout my career.
“This special concert will be a celebration of my favourite music, from Mozart to Sondheim, from Wagner to Rodgers & Hammerstein – and hopefully with a few surprises in between. Please join me and help me celebrate my birthday in style!"
One of the most popular voices of his generation, Bryn first became known for his portrayals of Mozart’s Figaro and Verdi’s Falstaff, while in recent years he has been acclaimed for his performances of the Wagner roles of Wotan, Hans Sachs and Der Fliegende Höllander.
His recordings have earned him two Grammy Awards and four Classical Brit Awards, and he is also the recipient of The Queen’s Medal for Music.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Bryn back to the world’s most famous stage: the perfect setting in which to celebrate his half-century.
“His is one of the great voices of our age, and the chance to hear Bryn performing the songs that mean the most to him as part of a special one-off concert will make for an unforgettable evening."
Bryn has performed at the Royal Albert Hall 33 times, and received the award for Male Artist of the Year at the Classical Brit awards on the stage in 2000, 2004 and 2005.
His first performance at the venue was on 2 March 1985 as part of the St David’s Day Festival, when he sang Cledd, Ddewrion,Cledd from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Ora Pro Nobis by Meirion Williams.
The singer has subsequently appeared in 12 BBC Proms concerts and held two solo concerts at the Hall, in 2003 and 2005.
Bryn Terfel at the Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday 20 October at 7:30pm
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Tickets £17.80-£130 (booking fees apply)
Box Office 020 7589 8212
These prices include a card handling fee of 2% of the total booking and a transaction processing fee of £2.50 per ticket when booked over the phone or online.
About Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.
Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events outside the auditorium, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers.
The Hall also offers the Elgar Room, a state-of-the-art small-scale performance space which hosts performances of classical music, jazz and world music, comedy, dance and a series of gigs for just signed bands throughout the year. In the main auditorium, it offers the Albert Sessions, an initiative that encourages up and coming acts to play at the Hall by offering reduced rental fees to promoters and lower ticket prices to encourage younger audiences to visit the Hall. It also works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music For Youth through its Education programme, and has reached over 100,000 participants as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It has also been appointed by the Arts Council as one of the country’s regional music education hubs.
For more information, please visit www.royalalberthall.com Registered charity number: 254543