Sir Mick Jagger tells the story of a new short film on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall

New short film, Your room will be ready, has just been released to commemorate the 150th anniversary of London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. Narrated by Sir Mick Jagger while reading WH Auden’s song “Just for Friends”, the film looks back at the legendary history of the Hall and promises future audiences many more unforgettable experiences.

Sir Mick Jagger said: “Without a doubt, Royal Albert Hall is one of the largest concert venues in the world, so I was delighted to be asked to read the short song WH Auden as part of this excellent Tom Harper short film. I have fond memories of performances there with the Stones in the 1960s. “Director Tom Harper says the film is ‘not just a celebration of plays from Hall’s glorious past, but also a sense of anticipation of some things we can look forward to when we can be together again.’

Directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Harper (Airmen, Wild Rose) with the original score by Oscar winner Steven Price (Gravity, Fury), the film contains more than 40 archival clips of the event, including never-before-seen and rare material from the 1930s.

The film includes legendary moments in the history of music, along with performances by artists, athletes and activists. It features hitherto unseen and unreleased recordings of Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as rarities, including Diane Ross’s 1973 debut in the hall, renewed footage of Led Zeppelin’s now legendary 1970 appearance and Peter Whitehead’s 1966 film The Rolling Stones. . years.

Other clips include BBC Archive footage of Shirley Bassey, George Michael and Luciano Pavarotti, recently rediscovered material from 23-year-old Jacqueline du Pré’s 1968 concert for people in Czechoslovakia, and Albert Einstein speaking out against the Nazis in 1933. Freddie Mercury’s performance at Fashion Aidu 1985, along with an excerpt from Bob Dylan DA Pennebaker’s 1968 documentary, Don’t look back.

Recorded in Mark Knopfler’s British Grove studio, the film’s original score features the Tippett Quartet, celebrated flutist Eliza Marshall and the BBC’s symphony orchestra’s main trumpet Philip Cobb. Produced by Tomboy Films and Barnaby Spurrier, the film was shot by cameraman George Steel (Sandman [2021], Protective shutters, Black mirror) and edited by Mark Eckersley (Crown, this is England ’86) and Sarah Bates (Vanity Fair, Luther).

The film is the first event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the hall, which will expand to 2022, and will include large commissions from British artists, titles of music icons and a series of showcases promoting the next generation of talent. More than 330 performances in the auditorium have been canceled or postponed over the past year due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, and the Hall will continue to be closed on its actual birthday. However, a special birthday concert will be held on March 29, 2021 – 150 years since its opening. David Arnold, multi-award winning composer for scores Sherlock and five Bond films, led a team of musicians on a one-year collaboration with hundreds of local schoolchildren, community members and Chelsea retirees. The result is Circle of sound, a multimedia spectacle that evokes the spirit and history of the Hall. The ten-movement work will be performed by a full orchestra, joined by singers from the UK National Youth Choir, plus guest stars from the world of stage and screen.