The cornerstones of the festival are four great concerts, starting with Chineke!, our favourite orchestra of 2018, and guest artist, the US techno producer and DJ Carl Craig (28 April). Expect some beats with your Beethoven, then...
Another composer gets the 21st-century treatment (30 April), when Clark, composer Peter Gregson and keyboard artist Vikingur Olafsson present their Bach Evolution, taking their inspiration from Bach's cello works. The essentially jazzy rhythms of Bach make this music infinitely adaptable.
Chineke!, founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku (with double bass), is Europe's first BAME orchestra. Hear them on 28 April
Two favourite artists appear together (1 May) when saxophonist Jess Gillam is joined by the brilliant soprano Lauren Fagan in Rising Stars of Classical. Also on the bill is classical guitarist Sean Shibe.
Jess was the first saxophonist to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, since when she has done great work breaking down the barriers between a traditionally jazz instrument and the classical world she loves.
Jess Gillam has transformed the image of the saxophone Photo: Kaupo Kikkass
Among several events for children and families is My Great Orchestral Adventure (28 May). 'Calling all time travellers!' is the summons made to young music-lovers, urging them to go on a great big musical journey. Other events for children include Tuba-Tastic! (27 April), Opera for Kids: Amazing Arias (26 May) and Albert's Band (31 May), suitable for all with babies and buggies.
Soprano Lauren Fagan is one of the Rising Stars of Classical on 1 May. Photo: Victoria Cadisch
The festival also includes informal lunchtime recitals in cabaret style, and events are staged in the RAH's smaller spaces, as well as the famous circular auditorium.
|What||Love Classical, Royal Albert Hall|
|Where||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
25 Apr 19 – 04 Jun 19, 14 events, times vary
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|