Royal Albert Hall to Hold Concert to Raise Funds for British Olympic Team

August 11, 2011

Britain’s Olympic team will hope to have new funds after a major concert has been planned at the Royal Albert Hall for next May which will also help to raise enthusiasm before the games.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) organised the event at that time so it would coincide with the build-up to the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Land’s End and eventually arriving at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 for the Opening Ceremony.

The Royal Albert Hall is a prestigious music hall and one of the country’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, recognisable all over the world. It allows many other functions to happen there as well. 

Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the world’s leading artists from every kind of performance genre have appeared on its stage.

The BOA hope the event will help raise much-needed funds to pay for the cost of preparing the team for London 2012, including pre-Games training camps and medical support. 

The BOA’s Director of Communications, Darryl Seibel, confirmed the event had been discussed but nothing had been finalised.

“The British Olympic Association is exploring the possibility of hosting an event at the Royal Albert Hall on 11 May 2012 to celebrate Team GB,” he told insidethegames.

“The evening will feature a variety of the Best of British entertainment and provide an exciting opportunity for the British public to rally around Team GB by showing their enthusiasm and support for the home team.

“Plans for the event – including the event name – are still in the exploratory stage and not yet final.”

The Event will also be a three-day media summit during the world’s press will be invited to inspect final preparations for London 2012 and speak to some of Britain’s leading medal hopes.