Slavonic Dances Opus 46 Antonin Dvorak
We've arrived! Fancy a sneak peak backstage at the Royal Albert Hall as we prepare for our star-studded 20th birthday concert?
It might look quiet now, but in a few hours' time these seats will be occupied by Karl Jenkins, HJ Lim, Wynne Evans, to name but a few! Picture: Richard Johnson
Tim Lihoreau enjoys the comfortable Nissan Note car seats. He'll be interviewing the stars of the show from these chairs later. Picture: Richard Johnson
Myleene Klass popped in to chat to Tim backstage at the Royal Albert Hall. She's just one of the Classic FM presenters who will be on stage this evening.
We hope you'll agree, the Royal Albert Hall looks even better with our logos on. The audience will be arriving in a few hours.
Backstage at the Royal Albert Hall, there's a network of corridors. In a few hours, these rooms will be filled with some big names in classical music. Picture: Richard Johnson
Fancy a look around? A haven of calm for Douglas Boyd, tonight's conductor, so he can relax between rehearsals and the concert. Picture: Richard Johnson
Our Classic FM logo is being beamed out in the Royal Albert Hall! The stage is decked out with chairs in preparation for this afternoon's rehearsals.
The piano for tonight's performance arrived at 10am, so there's plenty of time to make sure it's in tune. Picture: Richard Johnson
Packed away in travel cases, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's cellos stand close to the stage, ready for tonight's performance. Picture: Richard Johnson
All tonight's artists have been provided with a fruit bowl. Nothing like a healthy snack to keep up the energy! Picture: Richard Johnson
Packed in their cases, and in a protective travel box for safety, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's instruments arrive backstage in time for tonight's performance. Picture: Richard Johnson
HJ Lim, tonight's soloist in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 has a piano in her dressing room. We're sure she doesn't need the practice, though. Picture: Richard Johnson
It's important the string instruments are transported safely. Not only are they extremely valuable, but they are very fragile. Picture: Richard Johnson
Tim Lihoreau spoke to HJ Lim in a break between the rehearsal and the concert. She said Rachmaninov speaks directly to her heart. Picture: Richard Johnson
Pianist HJ Lim gets animated talking about Rachmaninov. She told us she became obsessed with his Piano Concerto No. 2 when she was 13. Picture: Richard Johnson
'Next Brit Thing' Sarah Gardner is only 17, but she was a natural in front of our cameras. Hopefully she won't be nervous playing some Rachmaninov on the Royal Albert Hall Stage. Picture: Richard Johnson
Tamsin Little took a moment out of her busy rehearsal schedule to chat to Tim. She's had a busy year, playing a lot of Delius to celebrate his anniversary. Picture: Richard Johnson
Karl Jenkins chats with Tim Lihoreau ahead of his performance tonight. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus will be singing his 'Benedictus'. Picture: Richard Johnson
While we explored the depths of the Royal Albert Hall, Karl Jenkins shared his thoughts on his music with presenter Tim Lihoreau. He didn't think his pieces would be as universally loved as they are. Picture: Richard Johnson
Quite the comedian, Wynne Evans laughed and joked with Tim Lihoreau throughout our backstage interview. He'll be 'knocking out the old favourites' (his words, not ours!) this evening. Picture: Richard Johnson
We've found Karl Jenkins' dressing room! He chatted to Tim Lihoreau backstage. Picture: Richard Johnson
Tim Lihoreau speaks to Wynne Evans backstage at the Royal Albert Hall. They're sitting on seats taken from a Nissan Note car! Picture: Richard Johnson
A few of our lovely presenters gather behind the scenes. Myleene, Laurence, and Alex were all in the same box. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA