Exhibitions and stands
The Strad Exhibition will feature rare and beautiful images of some of the world’s greatest string players – all of which have appeared in The Strad during its 129-year history. Included in the display will be photographs of Jacqueline du Pré, Yehudi Menuhin, Nigel Kennedy, Isaac Stern, Jascha Heifetz and Daniel Hope.
London-based artist and violinist Leonardo Frigo has been transforming stringed instruments into pieces of visual art for the past decade. Through painted symbols and patterns he invites audiences to engage with instruments in fresh and interesting ways. Stradfest presents an exclusive gallery of Leonardo Frigo originals and an opportunity to meet the artist, who will be creating a new piece during the event.
Plus visit exhibition stands dedicated to luthiers, dealers, conservatoires and schools.
Talks and panel discussions
Performing and networking
To find out about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email Kirsten Lloyd
For any event related enquiries, please email Riza Jones
Royal Institution of Great Britain
The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS
The closest tube station to the Royal Institution is Green Park on the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. The Royal Institution is a five-minute walk from the station. Also, within a ten minute walking distance is Piccadilly Circus tube station, on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, or Oxford Circus tube station on the Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines.
There are numerous bus stops along Piccadilly which runs along the entrance to Albemarle Street.
Bus numbers 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 all run along Piccadilly, which connects with Albemarle Street
There is parking for bicycles located around the corner from the Royal Institution, on Bond Street.
Travelling to the Royal Institution by car is inadvisable as there is only limited and expensive parking available nearby. Please note that the Royal Institution is located within the Congestion Charging zone.
Accessible and standard toilets are located on the ground floor in the reception area.
There is one main scenic lift located in the Atrium. All floor levels are announced.
There is a small manned cloakroom on the ground floor in the reception area.
Accessible car parking
Parking spaces for disabled visitors near The Royal Institution. Four spaces for Blue Badge holders on Mayfair Place. Three spaces for Blue Badge holders on Cork Street. For other local Blue Badge parking please visit: www.disabledmotoring.org/
Drop off points
Albemarle Street has metered parking so offers limited opportunity for drop offs.
Entrance to the Royal Institution
The Royal Institution has two main entrances, both on Albemarle St. Both are accessible via double doors
Wheelchair access for exhibition and events
All public areas are wheelchair accessible via the scenic lift in the Atrium. Floor levels are announced. The theatre can accommodate 8 wheelchair users.
Guide and hearing dogs
We welcome guide dogs and hearing dogs at the Royal Institution. Water bowls are available – just ask a member of staff.
Sound enhancement system / Induction loops
Induction loops operate in the Theatre. Please ask a member of staff for details.
Below is a list of hotels within easy reach of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
- Hilton London Green Park
- The Westbury
- Le Méridien Piccadilly
- Holiday Inn London Mayfair
- The Chesterfield Mayfair
- The Stafford London
- Fleming’s Hotel
- The Nadler Victoria
- COMO, The Halkin
- 9 Hertford Street, Mayfair
- Brown’s Hotel
- The May Fair Hotel
How do I buy a ticket for Stradfest?
Tickets can be purchased via the Stradfest website. Click here to go directly to the booking platform.
I’m under 16, can I still attend?
There are no restrictions but delegates aged 16 and under will need to be accompanied by a parent, or a guardian over the age of 18.
I’d like to bring a large party to Stradfest, can I?
Yes, if you’re looking to book a block of tickets and would like more information on our special rates, please email email@example.com
What does my ticket include?
Tickets include all day admission with access to speaker, panel and interactive sessions (subject to availability), admission to Anne Akiko Meyers’ concert and a 3-month digital subscription to The Strad.
Does my ticket include lunch?
Lunch and other refreshments are not included. There is a small café located on the ground floor of the Royal Institution where you will be able to purchase hot and cold drinks and snacks. Please be aware that seating is limited. There are also numerous coffee shops, cafés and convenience stores (including Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Paul, Pret and Marks and Spencer) within easy walking distance of the venue. Please note: food and drink not purchased at the Royal Institution can not be consumed on site, so you will need to plan any breaks around the sessions you want to attend. You are free to leave and return to the Royal Institution throughout the day.
What time should I arrive and when does Stradfest finish?
Doors open at 9.15am and the day will begin with a welcome from The Strad’s editor, Charlotte Smith, at 9.45am. The first session will commence promptly at 10am. The concert takes place from 5.00-6.00pm and delegates will be seated in the theatre from 4.30pm onwards. Stradfest closes at 6pm.
Is there a cloakroom?
Yes, there is a cloakroom that is free of charge for your use throughout the day. Please note that while the cloakroom is staffed, all personal belongings are left at owners risk.
Do I need to book sessions in advance?
For the vast majority of sessions, admission is on a first come, first served basis. Numbers are restricted for some sessions due to room capacities so if you are keen to attend a particular session, we advise you to make your way to the meeting room in good time for the start. Some of the interactive sessions (Introduction to improv, Silent quartet roulette and Fine tune your instrument) need to be booked in advance and you will be able to do this via the online booking platform when you purchase your ticket.
Are tickets refundable?
We are unable to offer refunds but if you cannot attend and can find someone to take your place, we’re happy to accept a substitution. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Got a question that you can’t see the answer to above?
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