The Royal Concert Hall celebrates forty glorious years of music, comedy and laughter

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 forty years the Royal Concert Hall has become renowned for hosting the best in West End entertainment, leading orchestras, pop and rock stars and musicals , to stand-up comedy, family shows and community events.

To celebrate this historic anniversary, the venue will open for a free open house in November and host a number of special concerts and spoken word events throughout its fall season.

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FREE OPEN HOUSE, Saturday November 12, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to attend a free open day, including behind-the-scenes tours, street theater, drumming workshops, face painting, and hip-hop dance and music demonstrations.


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.

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The Open Day is free, without prior reservation. For more information, including how to access a wheelchair accessible tour, please visit


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 forty years ago.


SINFONIA OF LONDON, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Sunday 4 December 7.30pm

Conductor John Wilson’s handpicked ensemble have already won numerous awards for their recordings, and this dazzling program of orchestral pieces is the perfect centerpiece for the Royal Concert Hall’s 40th anniversary. The gala concert program will feature acclaimed pieces by Walton, Ravel, Gershwin and Debussy, as well as a debut performance by BBC Young Musician winner Martin James Bartlett.

THE ROCKET MAN, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Tuesday 8 November 7.30pm

Forty years ago, the most popular tickets in the city were for the opening of Nottingham’s

Royal Concert Hall, with Elton John. As part of the venue’s anniversary festivities, enjoy a magical evening in tribute to Sir Elton John, including hits 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.

Royal Concert Hall director Peter Ireson said: “When the hall was first built it was hailed as ‘world class’, a venue rivaling any in the country, helping to put our city on the cultural map and provide the people of Nottingham with a concert hall they can be proud of. I think the incredible success and enduring appeal of the Royal Concert Hall over the past forty years has proven that this ambition was fully realized.

The Royal Concert Hall holds a central place in the living history of our city, which is why as part of our anniversary celebrations we want to capture as many memories and stories as possible from the past forty years from the public and artists. We will ask people to share their memories and offer to take any memories people want to donate to our archives.

As a team, we are very proud to be part of this year’s special anniversary celebrations and also to be able to play our part in moving this beautiful place forward into the future.

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