Events in 2019

Sunday afternoon concert series

The traditional and popular annual recital series at the Albert Hall

Concerts at a glance

16th June 2019
Choral Concert (with Emma Brown mezzo-soprano and ‘Vocalise’ Choir of Nottingham Girls’ High School)

21st July 2019
Tom Corfield (Derby)

18th August 2019
Richard Hills (London)

15th September 2019the Jim Lodge recital
Peter King (organist emeritus Bath Abbey)

6th October 2019
Anniversary Recital: Christopher Herrick (international recitalist and recording artist)


The concerts take place on Sunday afternoons at 2.45pm

Admission £6 (except Anniversary Recital admission £10)
Holders of Royal Centre GO card: tickets half price
Under 18s and students in full time education: free

There is usually an introductory talk before the concert with the soloist at 2.15 pm in the Balmoral Room, adjacent to the Great Hall where the organ is situated.

Programmes with full details and programme notes are available free of charge.

Details of artists and programmes are correct at the time of going to press but may be subject to late alteration.

Why not join us for lunch at 1 o’clock?
There is a three course lunch + tea/coffee prior to the recital, served at 1 pm with the bar open beforehand. The charge for lunch this year is £13.00 per person: Booking essential on 0115 950 0411. (Please let the Albert Hall know too if, having booked for lunch, you find yourself unable to attend.)

Unlimited Sunday on-street parking is expected to go up severely in each zone (Zone 1 is the most expensive). Our website will keep you informed as far as possible, but it will be essential to read the parking meter carefully as neither the Binns Organ Trust nor the Albert Hall can be held responsible if you incur a fine, so you must check the meter to see that you are in the correct zone and are paying the correct fee. (This information is correct at the time of writing).

The current information is that Sunday (now 8am to 10pm) parking charges will be:

  • Zone 1: £1 for first 30 minutes, £2 for one hour, then £2 per hour thereafter.
  • Zone 2: £1 for first hour, then £1 per hour thereafter.
  • Zone 3: £1 for first two hours, then 50p per hour thereafter.

The number of parking meters will also be reduced, so that motorists will need to use the RingGo App on their mobile phones.

While this might mean that spaces are easier to come by at the time people attend our concerts, it also means that someone coming for lunch and parking in Zone 2 (a short walk from the Albert Hall) will now pay £5 for the afternoon rather than £2 at the moment. Parking in Zone 1 (opposite the Albert Hall) will be twice that.

It would help if you sent your (well-reasoned) views on the increase of parking charges to

If you prefer (or need) to use a multi-storey car park, it may be possible to obtain a reduction if you use the St James’s Street or Mount Street car parks. Simply ask at the Albert Hall for a supplementary ticket which, presented with your car park ticket on exit, will – depending on the length of your stay – ensure you’re charged at a lower rate.

Can you help us?
While much goes on behind the scenes to prepare for these recitals, there are ways you could be involved on the day of the recital itself:

Audience members who have booked lunch start to arrive from 12:15 onwards, and others come in up to the time when the recital starts. We should like to invite you to join our small front-of-house team, whose duties are to:

  • welcome audience members
  • receive payment for their admission
  • issue them with their free programme
  • make sure they have the brochure detailing the other Binns Organ concerts
  • deal with sales of CDs (ours or the soloist’s, if they are selling discs)
  • deal with any other enquiries audience members may have
  • help with counting the money

If you would like to help with this essential part of our work please get in touch with Ian Wells on 0115 950 4464 or

What’s in it for you?

  • the fulfillment of knowing you are helping the Binns Organ Trust
  • getting to know our audience members
  • free admission to each concert at which you help!