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Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Be there at the final UK performance of the former Yes keyboard player’s epic orchestral rock piece, to celebrate his 70th birthday.

This concept work was originally premiered at Royal Festival Hall in January 1974.

The live recording that was released three months later became a landmark in the history of progressive rock, selling over 15 million copies and nominated for an Ivor Novello Award.

As well as his association with Yes, Wakeman has enjoyed a long, successful career as a solo artist and with his band the English Rock Ensemble.

He has written film scores for the likes of Ken Russell and built a reputation as a witty guest and host on TV and radio, most notably in the Grumpy Old Men series.

In 2017, he made British chart history when his Piano Portraits record became the first solo piano instrumental album to enter the UK’s Top 10 on release – a feat he then repeated with last year’s Piano Odyssey.

Now he returns to his prog rock roots, marking the 45th anniversary of Journey to the Centre of the Earth by performing the work in its entirety (including the missing music that was added for the sell-out 2012 UK tour) in two final performances.

He is joined onstage by the Orion Orchestra, the English Chamber Choir and the ERE, and special guests Alfie Boe and Robert Powell.

Dates & times

13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019
Approximate run time: 180 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£45 - £180
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£45, £55, £75, £140, £180

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing

The Rick Wakeman Meet & Greet Experience includes:

Meet and greet with Rick Wakeman
Premium top-price ticket within the first ten rows
Photo opportunity
Exclusive Rick Wakeman career and birthday anniversary gift
Commemorative anniversary VIP lanyard and laminate
Show programme

The Anniversary Hot Ticket includes:

Premium top price ticket within the first ten rows
Exclusive Rick Wakeman career and birthday anniversary gift
Commemorative anniversary VIP lanyard and laminate
Show programme