Solent Events & Leisure has been joining over one million people every year since 2006, except in 2020 of course, to marvel at the incredible lights, lasers & special effects that make the Classical Spectacular a unique experience. The atmosphere is always electric!
We always find this musical extravaganza spell-binding and in this Platinum Jubilee year, its pomp and ceremony will be welcomed with even more appreciation than usual, but sadly this will be the LAST performance that we will be able to look forward to and enjoy.
It’s the end of an era for Solent Events, so if you have never been part of the Classical Spectacular before, or you would like to see this awe-inspiring show just one more time, … I advise you to book your place as soon as possible!
The UK’s most popular classical show has performed every March & November at the Royal Albert Hall, for over 30 years, completely selling-out for each of the four days. It is ALWAYS a sell-out with Solent Events and with 2022 being our 16th consecutive year, we do know what a fantastic experience it is and what we will miss in the future!
Whatever is happening in the world in 2022, we’re sure you need something to uplift your spirits – a trip to the Royal Albert Hall could be it.
Over 250 performers will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall resounding to the worlds’ best classical music, including brand new pieces as well as all-time favourites such as Rule Britannia!, Jerusalem, Nessun Dorma, Land of Hope & Glory, and many more. You will be truly mesmerized!
From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture – this performance promises to be just as thrilling as ever!
For a totally relaxed experience, we have booked places at the excellent BELLA ITALIA RESTAURANT, Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, so if you wish, you can enjoy a delicious lunch prior to the show, when the coach will drop us off outside and pick us up again, in plenty of time for the evening performance at The Royal Albert Hall (5 minutes drive/15 minutes walk) …… and then, for the perfect end to a perfect day, we offer a glass of wine and nibbles during our journey home!
GRIEG Morning and In the Hall of the Mountain King
ROSSINI Overture from William Tell
STRAUSS Blue Danube Waltz
STRAUSS Radetsky March
ORFF O Fortuna! from Carmina Burana
VERDI Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake Finale
SOUSA Liberty Bell March
HANDEL Zadok the Priest
Rule Britannia! Nessun Dorma, Land of Hope and Glory
The London Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
John Rigby Conductor
Special guest – Marcin Patrzalek
Timothy Richards tenor
Ilona Domnich soprano
Classical Spectacular Dancers
Muskets & Cannons of the Militia
The British Imperial Military Band
THUNDERING CANNONS AND INDOOR FIREWORKS
NB. Times MAY change slightly – but only within 1/2 hour, but will be confirmed shortly
1315 Coach leaves Panache Coach Depot
1400 Coach leaves Stokes Bay– – Sailing Club Bus Shelter by Pebbles
1410 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – bus stop oppostive seafront shops
1420 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
1430 Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1615 Drop off by Nat History for V&A & Science Museums; Bella Italia; Harrods (if required) and Royal Albert Hall
Free Time for coffee, museums, lunch or stroll in Hyde Park
1625 Optional pre-ordered Dinner – Bella Italia, Old Brompton Rd, South Kensington
1840 Coach picks up at Bella Italia
1850 Arrive RAH to freshen up and take seats in auditorium
1930 CLASSICAL SPECTACULAR begins
2215 Show finishes – approx.
Meet coach outside RAH – exact position TBC
2230 Coach leaves London
Complimentary wine & nibbles served
0015 Arrive in home area at Fareham
SUNDAYS – MUSEUM OPENING TIMES (Free)
V & A 10am – 5:45pm
Science 10am – 6pm
Natural History 10am – 5:50pm
The above itinerary is only provisional, but will give you an idea of the time schedule expected.
Coach seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Club-21 Members.
Couples & friends will always be seated together. Large parties will be seated together as far as possible.
Preferred choice of area will be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.
The coach parking facilities next to the Royal Albert Hall have now been removed. However, our coach will be able to drop off and pick-up along Kensington Road in front of the hall, or behind, in Prince Consort Road. This will be confirmed nearer the time or on the day.
BELLA ITALIA PRE-THEATRE DINNER (South Kensington)
Our coach dropped us off at 16:30 and picked us up at 18:45 to transfer to the Royal Albert Hall (for evening performance at 19:30pm)
2-courses £22 | 3-courses £26 (includes a glass of wine/beer/soft drink & staff gratuity)
Please complete the Pre-theatre Dinner Booking Form to confirm your booking.
Ciabattini Dough Bites (V)
Oven baked and served with garlic butter
Arancini al Granchio
Crispy rice balls filled with crab, prawns, & fennel
with a side of lemon & cracked pepper mayonnaise
Toasted ciabatta topped with baby plum tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil, basil, sea salt & balsamic vinegar
Polpette Parmigiano (GF)
Pork. Beef & pecorino meatballs in a spicy arrabbiata sauce
with a giant ciabatta crouton
Funghi Arrosto (V) (GF)
Oven baked chestnut mushrooms in a mascarpone & porcini sauce
served with toasted ciabatta
Our own slow cooked beef ragu served with spaghetti
Spaghetti in a pecorino cheese sauce with crispy pancetta lardons
Pasta sheets layered with beef ragu and creamy bechamel suace topped with melting mozzarella
Pomodoro con Bufalo (V,VG,GF)
Ragatoni pasta with baby plum tomatoes in a traditional pomodoro sauce, topped with torn bufalo mozzarella
Funghi Crema (VG,GF)
Chestnut mushrooms in a porchini, mascapone & pecorino cheese sauce with fresh mafolde pasta ribbons
Pollo Cacciatore (GF)
Pappardelle pasta ribbins tossed with chicken, pancetta, onion & muchrooms in a tomato suace, sprinkled with pecorino cheese
Pizza Margherita (V,VG,GF)
Tomato, mozzarella and basil
Pizza Piccante (GF)
Tomato, mozzarella, nduja sausage, chicken, mascarpone, chilli, garlic & rocket
Formaggio Funghi Pizza (V) (GF)
Chestnut mushrooms, mozzarella, dolcelatte & pecorino cheese
on a creamy mascarpone base
Pizza Pepperoni (GF)
Tomato, mozzarella, salami piccante, red onion, garlic and rocket
Cookie Dough Al Forno (V,VG)
Warm chocolate chip cookie dough with a melting chocolate middle, served with vanilla gelato & caramel sauce
Chocolate Brownie (V,GF)
Warm chocolate brownie with white chocolate chunks served with vanilla gelato and warm chocolate sauce
Triple chocolate cookie sandwiched with vanilla gelato generously dipped in ruby chocolate, mini marshmallow and rainbow sprinkles
Tiramisu (V) (A – contains alcohol)
Espresso & Marsala soaked sponge, layered with sweet mascarpone cream
and finished with Amaretti biscuit crumb, dusted with cocoa powder
Gelato (V) (VG) GF)
Choose 3 scoops of deliciously creamy gelato. Server will offer flavours
PLUS A glass of red or white wine/beer/soft drink served with your meal. Please choose on bookig form.
Extra drinks to be paid for locally.
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