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London, March 2015 – A little known fact about Kensington House Hotel, is that it is only eight minutes’ walk from the Royal Albert Hall. This year the schedule for the Hall is as eclectic as London itself and with rates starting at just £99 per room at Kensington House Hotel* everyone will be happy. This great value package includes; overnight accommodation, continental buffet breakfast and a bottle of house wine.

Here is our top pick:

Sunday 19th April 2015 – Classical Coffee Mornings: Jane Lindsay and Jennifer Hughes – Cellist Jane Lindsay is rapidly developing a reputation as an exciting and compelling performer. She has appeared both as soloist and chamber musician at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Cadogan Hall, as well as at major festivals across the UK and Europe. Jane is also a keen orchestral musician and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with who she appeared at the 2014 BBC Proms.

Tuesday 12th May 2015 – Magna Carta – The Freedom Game – Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Surrey Arts have commissioned a new community opera, Magna Carta – The Freedom Game, to be performed by 1,300 Surrey residents at the Royal Albert Hall. Telling the story of a Surrey family and their quest to win back freedoms which are taken away from them during a computer game, the opera explores the Magna Carta values such as democracy, liberty, citizenship and freedom. The opera concludes with the message that we should never stop playing for freedom.

Thursday 14th – Sunday 23rd May 2015 – Eric Clapton (SOLD OUT) – Music icon Eric Clapton returns to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his 70th birthday. The shows will also mark 50 years since Clapton first played at the iconic London venue – his debut was on 7th December 1964 when he performed as part of the Yardbirds for BBC Two’s Top Beat Show. To date, the legendary guitarist has played the Hall on 198 occasions, including 171 headlining performances. Eric will be accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.

Sunday 1st – Sunday 12th June 2015 – Swan Lake – Dancers from English National Ballet perform in Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake. The production caused a sensation at its world premiere in 1997 and has since been enjoyed by over 500,000 people, captivating audiences worldwide. True love triumphs over evil in this powerful story set to Tchaikovsky’s memorable score played by the English National Ballet Philharmonic. With 60 swans, stunning costumes and sensational lighting, experience a choreographic kaleidoscope as the Royal Albert Hall is transformed into a magical lake for this unrivalled dance event. From the lakeside seats to the top of the Hall, this in-the-round production of the world’s favourite ballet combines sensational spectacle, compelling drama and touching intimacy.

Plan for the proms – The BBC Proms 2015 season will be announced on Thursday 23rd April and the season will run from Friday 17th July to the Last Night on Saturday 12th September.

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