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Royal Albert Hall hosts Festival of Remembrance

25th October 2011

Culture vultures staying in luxury London hotels this November may be interested in attending the Royal Albert Hall's annual Festival of Remembrance.

Taking place on November 12th, the festival features a two-minute silence organised by the Royal British Legion that honours those who gave their lives by dropping thousands of poppy petals from the ceiling.

"This annual festival, held at the Royal Albert Hall, commemorates and honours all those who have lost their lives in conflicts, and is both a moving and enjoyable evening," explained the Royal British Legion.

"There is a matinee and an evening performance - both are exactly the same except that the Royal Family attend only the evening performance."

Tickets for the matinee performance opened for sale on September 1st, while tickets for the coveted evening performance are distributed by ballot to legion members.

The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfil the vision of Queen Victoria's consort of a central hall that would promote understanding and appreciation of the arts and sciences.

A Grade I listed building, the hall has been in continuous use since it was opened in March 1871 and hosts concerts, exhibitions, public meetings, scientific conversations and award ceremonies.

It is a registered charity held in trust for the nation but operates independently and receives no funding from the government.

Additionally, the capital pays its respects during the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall on November 13th.

"The Cenotaph ceremony is organised annually by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with The Royal British Legion coordinating the March Past," added the group.

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