Space Spectacular


To mark 50 years since the Moon landing, the Royal Albert Hall is hosting a night of space-themed music, featuring works by Gustav Holst, Richard Strauss and John Williams.

Space Spectacular will bring together over a century’s worth of music inspired by the cosmos – from Holst’s ‘The Planets’ to James Horner’s Apollo 13 – and turn the spotlight on John Williams, whose work has helped define the sound of space on screen, with music from Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman and E. T.

Alongside orchestral pieces from Alien, Predator and David Arnold’s score for Independence Day, London Concert Orchestra will also bring to life music that has become indelibly associated with space thanks to the magic of cinema, including Johann Strauss’s ‘Blue Danube Waltz’ and Richard Strauss’s ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’, from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Anthony Findlay, Chief Executive of Raymond Gubbay said: “It is fantastic to co-produce this exciting event in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. This concert will be a must-see for all sci-fi movie fans.”

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director of the Royal Albert Hall, said: “This unique show will bring audiences the sound of space – as imagined by visionary composers, from Holst and Strauss to James Horner and John Williams: an intergalactic journey spanning over a century of unforgettable music, mixing established orchestral classics with cult favourites.”

Those favourites also include Battlestar Galactica, Thunderbirds, Jerry Goldsmith’s contributions to the Star Trek canon, and Steven Price’s BAFTA-winning score for Gravity, accompanied by lights, lasers and fireworks.

Space Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 22 June 2019, 3pm and 7:30pm