LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Albert Hall kicked off its 150th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, releasing a short video narrated by rocker Mick Jagger and paying tribute to the live performances.
“Your Room Will Be Ready” mixes archival footage of Royal Albert Hall shows and political and sporting events with shots of the empty London theater as it has been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jagger, who performed with the Rolling Stones four times at the Royal Albert Hall in the 1960s, reads WH Auden’s poem “For Friends Only” in the 90-second video.
“I have some wonderful memories of performing there with the Stones in the 1960s, when once or twice it got a little wild, with ravenous fans joining the stage and almost bringing about an abrupt end to the show, but we went ahead and passed it on. great, “Jagger recalled in a statement.
The film features clips from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, Luciano Pavarotti, Adele and Stormzy, as well as historical images of wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and German physicist Albert Einstein speaking in his living room.
“(The film is) not just a celebration of the Hall’s glorious past performances, but also a sense of anticipation of some of the things to look forward to when we can be together again,” said Tom Harper, who directed the film.
The Royal Albert Hall, a registered charity, said it had last closed last year since World War II, had to cancel 330 shows and lost 34 million pounds ($ 48 million) in revenue.
The center will celebrate its birthday on March 29 with events planned for the entire next week, including work by British artists and musical performances.
The room, named after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, opened in 1871, 10 years after his death at age 42.
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(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian. Edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal)