A GROUP from the London Irish Centre will attend the launch of the first Friendship Matinee concert at the Royal Albert Hall this afternoon.
There they will enjoy a one-off performance of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's The Very Best of John Barry, a show which pays homage to the late film composer and features many of his famous scores - including the James Bond theme.
Approximately 80 members from the Irish community centre in Camden will be in the audience for the special event, which has been organised to attract those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the historical arts venue.
Lucy Noble, Head of Programming and Education at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “Prince Albert’s legacy was to offer access to the arts and we’re staying true to this with our Friendship Matinee.
“We’re committed to providing opportunities for those who wouldn’t normally get the chance to visit the venue and are thrilled to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on board for the first show.”
1,500 people, including those from charities and local community groups and organisations, are due to attend this afternoon's concert, which will become an annual fixture at the prestigious South Kensington venue.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's performance will begin at 3pm.