Whether you want to relax this summer with some good music or just eat lunch in different surrounding, you should head to Royal Albert Hall for Ignite - Free Lunchtime Music.
This Summer on Fridays, Café Consort at Royal Albert Hall transforms into a small concert hall, with the Ignite - free lunchtime music program. People of different ages – from children to pensioners, are united in their passion for music and spending time with culture. They are beating the rhythm of the music on their thighs or on the tables, clapping or humming. Everyone's definitely enjoying the music in their own way. It creates an atmosphere of relaxation and a bit of positive laziness with coffee, lunch and snacks on the tables.
First the Friday of August it was Graham Hughes & The Sunshine Band playing trombone, piano and saxophone, who took the audience back to the jazzy swinging twenties. Sitting among the listeners, I felt the atmosphere of that time's cafe somewhere in New York City. But there is more to come. There are three concerts planned for September: 6th, 20th and 27th with Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Louise Jordan and Balagan Café Band, each of them playing a different type of music and being on different stages of their career. After last Friday's experience, I am sure that the coming stars are going to provide great entertainment as well. Keep an eye on the website for what is coming up. Concerts start at 12pm and last about 90 minutes with a short break.
The purpose of the Ignite series is to bring talented artists, 'rising stars' from around the world and give them a chance to perform while providing a pleasurable lunch for visitors.
Free lunchtime music at Royal Albert Hall is a wonderful experience for everyone. I went there "just to see" but went out with a head full of music and joy for the rest of the day. It was a friendly atmosphere created by the band which caused that, as well as seeing so many people enjoying the beat, the sound of instruments and the lyrics. For those of you who enjoy the Ignite lunch, there is also an offer of Ignite Sunday brunch, but those events are paid though, between ₤15-₤28.50.