Nottingham Royal Concert Hall turns 40 with major events in the autumn

The Rocket Man is a must-see Elton John tribute show at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

On November 27, 1982, Sir Elton John gave the inaugural concert to mark the opening of the new Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

With its groundbreaking design and innovative acoustics, over the past four decades the Royal Concert Hall has become renowned for hosting the best in entertainment, from the West End’s leading orchestras, pop and rock stars, and musicals, to stand-up comedy, family shows and community events.

The public is invited to attend a free open house, Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring behind-the-scenes tours, street theater, drumming workshops, face painting, and hip dance and music demonstrations -hop.

Free guided tours of all areas of the building will begin from 10am, including the stage platform, dressing rooms, stage door and rarely seen technical and lighting areas in the roof above the ceiling suspended 400 tons.

The Open Day is free, without prior reservation.

For more information, including how to access a wheelchair accessible tour, please visit

The 40th Anniversary Conference: Set To Make Britain Take Notice will be held in the Tier Four foyer on Friday October 21 from 1pm.

The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham (Photo credit: Martine Hamilton Knight)

It will be a lively and fascinating panel discussion on the history of the Royal Concert Hall, from its famous acoustics to its unique design, as well as the political controversy that surrounded initial plans to build a world-class ‘Festival Hall’ for Nottingham. 40 years ago.

At the end of 1982, the most popular tickets in town were for the opening of the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, with Elton John.

As part of the anniversary festivities, enjoy a magical evening in tribute to Sir Elton John, with The Rocket Man, on Tuesday November 8, from 7:30 p.m.

The show includes major Elton John hits like Saturday Night’s Alright, Crocodile Rock, I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues, Daniel, I’m Still Standing, Philadelphia Freedom, Your Song and more.

Elton John performing at the opening night of the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

Royal Concert Hall director Peter Ireson said: “When the hall was first built it was hailed as ‘world class’, a hall that rivals any hall in the country.”

He added: “I think the incredible success and enduring appeal of the Royal Concert Hall over the past 40 years has proven that this ambition has been fully realized.”

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