Royal Albert Hall

Quick trivia: what famous London concert hall has its birthday today? Answer: the Royal Albert Hall, which was opened by Queen Victoria on 29 March 1871. The site of Albert Hall was originally meant to be part of Albertopolis (yes, that’s seriously the name he came up with for it), a series of facilities Prince Albert planned to build, dedicated to the enlightenment of the … Continue reading Royal Albert Hall

Review: Dancing on the Edge

Right in the midst of the early 2013 recapping, the BBC starting seriously ramping up its promotion of Stephen Poliakoff’s five-part miniseries, Dancing on the Edge. And even though I was juggling three shows already, not to mention an actual job and a life, I put it on my schedule and made a mental note to tune in when it aired in early February. After … Continue reading Review: Dancing on the Edge

Things You Won’t See in the States

The U.S. and the U.K. share a lot of things–a common language (mostly), part of a shared history, slang, music and entertainment, most large companies. But then there are moments where you see something you never saw stateside, and you realize you’re in a totally different place now. Things like: Someone unicycling up Inverleith Terrace in the morning (not that there probably aren’t people unicycling … Continue reading Things You Won’t See in the States

Sound of Music

Sound check! On August 14, 1888, George Gouraud introduced the phonograph to the London press by playing Arthur Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, one of the first recordings of music ever made. The Lost Chord is actually a fairly tragic piece of music—it was composed in 1877 at the bedside of Sullivan’s brother Fred, as Fred was dying of liver cancer and tuberculosis. The piece was … Continue reading Sound of Music