Cadogan Hall Chelsea might not be the most well-known building in the UK but if you happen to be one of the Chelsea elite the chances are you’ll be familiar with it. This dazzling hall was erected in 1907 by the same man who designed the Napier Museum in Kerala, India. The name of this forward-thinking architect was Robert Fellows Chisholm.
Since 2001 Cadogan Hall has been the principle venue of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This grade II listed building is a former Christian Science church but due to a dwindling congregation and general disrepair, the hall was sold in 1996 to Harrods’ owner Mohamed Al Fayed. In 2000 Al Fayed sold the venue to the Cadogan Estates, which have been Chelsea’s largest landowners since the 18th century. Cadogan Estates are owned by Earl Cadogan. The importance of the Cadogan name to this upmarket area of London is demonstrated by the nearby naming of Cadogan Square and Cadogan Place.
The hall, which is built in the Byzantine style, was refurbished in 2004 at a cost of £7.5 million. It now hosts events of a diverse nature all year round. As well as being home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the venue has been used as a recording spot, which is something that can only really happen if a building’s acoustic properties are extremely good.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired a comprehensive archive of the Oscar-winning British actress Vivien Leigh memorabilia from her grandchildren. Artefacts belonging to the legendary actress are currently being catalogued and should be ready to exhibit sometime this autumn.
The Vivien Leigh “booty” includes affectionate letters between herself and husband, Lawrence Olivier. It also features diaries, photographs, theatre scripts and her numerous awards.
Vivien Leigh was one of the greatest British actresses to have ever graced Hollywood. The film “Gone With The Wind” was perhaps her finest achievement. During her life, Ms Leigh stored and catalogued 7,500 letters from friends and working colleagues.
Beautifully hand-written letters from the likes of Winston Churchill, T.S. Elliot, Marilyn Monroe and the Queen Mother have been acquired by the V&A Museum and will be on display. The playwright Tennessee Williams sent Vivien Leigh a letter praising her for her Oscar-winning performance in ‘A Street Car Named Desire’. Tennessee Williams told the actress how happy he was with her portrayal of ‘Blanch’ in the motion picture.
Vivien Leigh kept a diary from 1929 until her death in 1967. This five decade-long diary has also joined the long list of newly gained items of the V&A and will be on display at the highly anticipated exhibition.
International Ballroom Dancing Championships at the Royal Albert Hall – A competition and a venue that are impeccably matched!
If you are a fan of ballroom dancing then make sure that the Royal Albert Hall is on your itinerary on October 3, 2013. In what promises to be a glitzy evening, approximately 360 of the world’s best amateur and professional dancers will don their smartest suits and racy sequined dresses as they strut and swirl about in the quest to become the world’s number one ballroom dancer.
Only the most talented of dancers will be participating in the International Ballroom Dancing Championships, as all competitors will have already qualified through their heats in order to have reached this stage of the event.
There are various titles up for grabs, including the International Professional Ballroom, the International Professional Latin, the International Amateur Ballroom and the International Amateur Latin.
This colourful extravaganza that is the International Ballroom Dancing Championships will be an occasion of sheer glamour and style under the roof of one of London’s most iconic and well-loved entertainment venues.
Chelsea football club was founded in 1905 and has spent most of its life in the upper echelons of the English league. Chelsea was crowned champions of England in 1955 and in recent times the club has been elevated to an elite European football team.
Comprising of some of the world’s best players, Chelsea FC is considered decidedly dangerous by the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, A.C Milan and Manchester United.
Much of the club’s real good fortune came when a Russian billionaire, Roman Abramavich bought Chelsea from owner Ken Bates in 2003 for price tag of £140 million. Abramovich didn’t stop spending as he set about buying great players, wielding a buying power that even Manchester United could not match. Managers came and went and with the installation of Jose Mourinho success arrived at the club.
Fifty years after Chelsea had first won the League title they won it again in 2005 and then again in 2006. Other trophies quickly followed under different managers, including the coveted European Champions League trophy.
Chelsea is the only British club to have won all three major European trophies. Throw in a smattering of F.A cups, League cups and Charity Shields and it’s easy to see why the Chelsea fans have taken to Roman!
As if the success that Chelsea has enjoyed under Ambramovich’s ownership wasn’t enough the fans are now even more ecstatic as ‘The Chosen One’ Jose Mourinho returns to the club after his spells with Inter-Milan and Real Madrid.
The London Acoustic Guitar Show is the country’s premier event in the world of acoustic guitars and is brought to the capital in association with Acoustic Magazine. Fine musicians from all over the world will perform live at this highly anticipated music event. Guitar playing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to play hundreds of guitars until that find that special sound that hits their designated spot.
If the “twang’s your thang” you must get down to the Olympia Conference Hall this September and let rip into the latest and indeed longest-established products of the acoustic guitar manufacturing greats.
You can see English pop and rock musician Matt Cardle in concert, who will headline on the Saturday night. It’s worth the entrance fee alone just to see this platinum album artist! The singer/songwriter will be performing in association with Taylor Guitars.
There are many more artists playing over the weekend, all fulfilling their guitar sponsor obligations. Wolverhampton-based singer/songwriter, Scott Mathews will perform live on stage in association with Guild Guitars.
Multi-awarding winning Italian guitar composer, Antonio Forcione will play alongside Yamaha Guitars UK. There are so many quality acts playing live at this year’s London Acoustic Show that it must be a serious contender for one of the best music events in London of 2013.